Riding North Carolina, TN and VA

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Extremenc, Jan 23, 2017.

  1. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    Thanks So Much SidewinderX! I will ride these roads. I don't want to get off onto something like Hogback Ridge, or your last ride near Bastain, because I will have my bags and stuff. Anything up there to avoid?
  2. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Hey, watch this!

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    Don't take Potts Mt then.

    The rest are paved sweepers.

    I'm serious about the cell free zone. Be careful and don't push it please sir.
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  3. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Hey, watch this!

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    Oh yeah, I almost forgot.

    If CheapB tags along, the only Starbucks around is at Snowshoe!!!
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  4. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    Looking for mostly gravel or dirt. Thinking there should be a good bit of it up through the Jefferson and Monongahela National Forests. I just it to get terrible. Thank You for the concern about phone service. Probably 50% of the 12,000 miles I have ridden this year have been in cell free zones. I need to get a Spot locator I guess, but even if I get stuck, like I did on Hogback, I manage to make it out. LOTs of prayer and a good motorcycle....
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  5. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Hey, watch this!

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    Are you camping or staying at the Greenbrier?
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  6. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    Is that at Snowshoe? I'm going to find the cheapest place I can find that is clean. Suggestions? I am going to make Snowshoe or somewhere in that area my overnight on my way to visit my daughter in DC. Make a couple of day rides back over into the Fulks Run area, then two days back down WV next week coming home.
  7. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Hey, watch this!

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    Skip the Greenbrier then.
    http://www.greenbrier.com/

    I have stayed in cabins at Seneca Rocks with a group before. I have also stayed at the KOA in Staunton with a group.

    We split the cabin cost so it was relatively cheap.

    Elkins would have some accommodations. I am guessing that Snowshoe is gonna be expensive but it's off season for skiing so you never know.
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  8. FishHunt

    FishHunt slow poking...

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    I'd keep an eye on the one getting a hug wearing the flip flops! :lol3

    <>< Fish
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  9. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Hey, watch this!

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    Very conspicuous!!
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  10. djtrik

    djtrik David Reusch Jr

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    I've visited this area twice, almost 3 times this year. I can't get enough of it!! You might wanna check out this post from #Jeff Munn or maybe #JeffMunn

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/80069/

    He's a very generous fellow and may be able to provide you with a great place to stay. He lives Franklin, WV and loves bourbon (hint hint). He's also a GS rider :) but he has many other trusty steeds (including a wicked old 2 wd motorcycle)

    He can also provide some great info about the area.

    The quiet zone is the real deal as it covers 13,000 sq miles up there. ATT has towers in some of the towns and I've seen Verizon popping up in towns too but once you leave, service is gone. GPS works but I'm not sure about the RF based emergency locator devices. I guess you could bring one along with you anyways and maybe the green bank folk will detect the RF disturbance and come help you :) [​IMG]

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  11. bobw

    bobw Harden the phuck up

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    Some nice "cheap", but still clean and nice to stay at places all around that area. I also started checking Air B&B availability in some areas and I've been pleasantly surprised to find them almost everywhere and very reasonable to boot. Many friends and family have used them with great success and they're one more option I will check for moving forward. WV has some really nice State Park options with various combinations of rooms and cabins too.
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  12. djtrik

    djtrik David Reusch Jr

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    Oh and my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE part of the area is bluegrass valley. I've discovered a route that will take you through miles of the valley. Let me know if you're interested and I'll either send you a GPS route or the roads to take. It's all paved single lane but man it is stunning to ride through that expansive valley. My route in a nutshell involves going to/from Monterey via 250 which is a twisty 2 lane that takes you up then down a mountain, gas up there in Monterey. Then you head over to 637 (maple sugar Rd) and ride the valley up to essentially spruce knob which will provide another spectacular view. Then you can ride the back side of the mountain to get your dirt /gravel fix which will take you to spruce knob lake which is a serene mountain lake.

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  13. djtrik

    djtrik David Reusch Jr

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    They also just paved 250 so its nice and juicyyyyyy

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  14. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    Good thinking bobw. Thanks for the advice!
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  15. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    djtrik! Thanks for all this information. I'm leaving early in the morning and need to get to DC Wednesday afternoon, but hopefully will have 2 or 3 days in this area next week. Excited and blessed to have this time....
  16. BluRidgeRider

    BluRidgeRider Long Rider

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    The roads in the area along the WV-VA border near Seneca Rocks and north are great riding. It has been a number of years since I've ridden there, but the following was true on my last visit to that area:
    • Big Bend Campground is a nice place to camp near Seneca Rocks. It's on Smoke Hole along the South Branch Potomac River at the very end. Gravel road runs along the river as you ride up in the canyon to the campground.
    • From Cold Springs Rd in VA near Wolf Gap, 691/Judge Rye Rd is a nice gravel road that runs up the mountain to the WV border at the very top. At the border in turns into 59/Lower Cove Rd and runs down the mountain into WV at Lost River.
    • From Mathias or Basore, WV, Rt 20 Basore/Upper Cove Rd is dirt running back up the mountain to the VA border where it becomes 720/Crooked Run Rd and heads down into Bayse, VA.
    You can make a nice loop out of the two routes described in the second and third bullets above. If you like hiking, Wolf Gap Recreation located on 675 at the WV/VA border has a nice hike to Big Schloss. You can climb up on the rocks and get a 360 view of the area around the WV/VA border. It's a bit of a hike to walk to Big Schloss, but great views.

    Seneca Rocks and Dolly Sods are worth the trip. Blackwater Falls is also in that area and is nice. Hopefully none of those have changed substantially since my last trip. Lots to see and do and great riding there!

    Numa
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  17. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    Yeah, that's a real thing... We ride that area a lot and I ski Snowshoe all the time and there is NO cell coverage up that way generally. Marlinton has a tower but it's AT&T only and very limited coverage, I'm told.

    Hey, if you're looking to camp or stay in cool little cabins don't forget Watoga State Park nearby:

    https://wvstateparks.com/park/watoga-state-park/

    It's a beautiful little spot with nice cabins.

    And yeah, Dolly Sods is an awesome place to hike. It's very reminiscent of the high country in the Rockies, like timberline and above, but at only 5000 feet elevation.

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    We go hiking and bicycling in the Canaan Valley every year and stay at a cool B&B in Thomas, WV called the Mountain Primrose Inn, run by Dawn and her Mom :D.

    https://www.mountainprimrosebb.com/

    There are so many great roads up there...
  18. Kegler

    Kegler Been here awhile

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    I'm from western Kentucky and have been poking around this thread off and on for a few weeks. I rode the Blueridge Parkway a few years ago with a couple of buddies on street bikes. Being an old (almost 60) dirtbiker, I couldn't help but notice the number of dirt roads in that part of the world! I'm pretty sure a guy could relocate there and spend the rest of his life exploring that area and never get bored. I saw enough of West Virginia, on the way to the north end of the Blueridge Parkway, to know that has to be an excellent area for exploring as well.

    You folks that live in this area are very, very, blessed with all kinds of great riding opportunities. Thank you for this thread as it will give me a limitless number of roads to ride when I visit. Keep up the good work!

    Willie Masterson
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  19. vfrcauv

    vfrcauv Been here awhile

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    Willie,

    You're right! It's a great area to ride on and off pavement. Many excellent riders in the area, too!

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  20. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    Yeah, but stay off Interstate 81. Gawd, the one time I didn't check Google Maps before I left Roanoke...

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    I was in a hurry to get to Lexington to watch our oldest Granddaughter in her first cheerleading event :D so I ducked out of the office without checking. The wreck was at MM175.5 and this photo was taken at MM164............................ :pep

    Finally got off onto the back roads and took this at an overpass, still several miles from the actual wreck site:

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    Needless to say I missed the fun in town :cry. I also just about roasted my self, the clutch, and the motor. It was HOT and we were just creeping along, finally snuck over to the shoulder and passed everyone on the right until the next exit.

    If CheapB tags along, the only Starbucks around is at Snowshoe!!!

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    I discovered this stuff when I lived in Wyoming and there literally were ZERO decent coffee shops ANYWHERE. One cannot survive on C-Store Swill :nah and it sucks carrying a giant thermos of good brew, or a camp stove and pour-over filter gizmo, percolator, or any of a number of other options just for a long day ride. This stuff is pretty good, powerful, tiny, and easy. Get a cup of hot water free at a C-store and bingo! You can even pour it into your water bottle, put a pinch between your cheek and gum, or snort it if you're really desperate for a fix :photog.

    Of course camp-brewed is always the best!

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