The Mountains of the East

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by Riff, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. prometheus rising

    prometheus rising Ghost In The Machine

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    Outstanding all the way :thumb
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  2. LumpTheBeezu

    LumpTheBeezu Been here awhile

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    Your photos are just beautiful! Really enjoyed the tour! :clap
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  3. WVhillbilly

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    The south end is very slow, twisty just a little wider than one lane for most of the ride. This is the section from Parsons south. Beautiful area, but you are going to average about 25 mph due to the road.
    If you are OK with that it is a great ride.
    North of Parsons to where the road meets Rt7 near Kingwood is faster, just as scenic and most of it runs next to the Cheat River.
    Also goes right by my house in Rowlesburg :D

    Best eats? Hmmm, South end would be to stop in Davis at Hellbender Burritos, Sirianni's or Hanna Lee Station in Thomas.
    There is a WWII museum in the old school in Rowlesburg if you are interested.
    North end of 72 is near the regular fast food places in Kingwood or Monroe's http://maps.google.com/maps/place?o...s&hnear=Kingwood,+WV&cid=16272372560511461207 for real food.

    Rt 72 also crosses US 50 right between Laurel and Cheat mountains, both of those are very twisty and fun. The section of 72 from Parsons to Rowlesburg is patrolled by the Tucker Co sheriff and WV state police, Trust me on this :deal

    At the bottom of Laurel Mtn on US 50 is Cool Springs park, a gas stop/ tourist trap/so-so food selling establishment that is very popular in the summer.
    Rt38 going from Rt72 to 250 is a nice chunk of road too, be cautious of the dairy farm and cow crossing. Poop on pavement is slippery. :eek1
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  4. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    Hi-jack continues.
    I could start my own ride thread, but don't have enough pictures or trip report to warrant it. So I'll just add to this one.
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  5. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    This is Limestone Mountain Road, going from US 50 to St George, WV.
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  6. WVhillbilly

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    Close Mountain Road, going from Horseshoe Run to the top of Sugarlands, near Rt 219.
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    And the overlook from Rt 219.
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    Not a bad little trip, the dirt section is fun. Would have been more fun if my tires were not worn out. :D
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  7. Riff

    Riff Been here awhile

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    Thanks Promethus I told the thread monitor, our web site is ..... plug in any accolade and it fits. I am contracting for the full program :rofl
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  8. Riff

    Riff Been here awhile

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    Thanks I Appreciate that. I have been inspired by a lot of the other threads and everyone's love of the ride. Jumped in with both feet with the thought of improving. I have been especially inspired by the Girls, the Ladies, the Ride Foxes that are a great group of contributors as well.

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  9. Riff

    Riff Been here awhile

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  10. Riff

    Riff Been here awhile

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    Housekeeping! I got a lot of pics from this years rides [so far]. The ride I took to Ohio Pyle [the second time this year] takes you past the Youghiogheny [the Yough locals make it sound like Youck!]. as we know it has been a dry summer..... well the pictures say it all.


    Some one else proud of their ride.
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    This is up at "Ohio Pyle". Check the water lines on the rocks this gives more perspective when you consider what the guy in the middle of the falls is doing!
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    Still eye candy. God knows how to paint them!
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    Man knows how to capitalize on it! :lol3
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    But there are some things even man can't mess with like a mother and daughter Kodak Moment that too beautiful for words.
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    To get there we had to drive past the Yough! and It was a lot less damp than normal!
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    checking out the trees on the side of the bank and you see the normal water line. That's Rt 40 bridge looking west bound. Check out this next pic

    My Riding partner. An Appalachian Fox! This area is not supposed to be beach front. She should be about fifteen feet under water normally.
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    This is the same view from the other direction me at the water looking back up at her.
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    That's not slowing some people down!
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    Time to head back to Cumberland for now!
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    More Later.

    Riff
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  11. Riff

    Riff Been here awhile

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    Fall is special in the Appalachia's in so many ways. Not only the fall colors, but a lot of the towns around have some form of Autumn Celebration; like Bedford PA Autumn Glory festival. Bedford is according to Google maps 31.6 miles taking 45 min. [yeah right!] . The color, the events and the people! Check this out.

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    Even though some folk look a little sedentary they have a lot of personality you can't help but Love.
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    Some of the rides where so ole skool the horse power was very limited.
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    The streets where full. Who is that gorgeous woman out of focus in the foregroud?
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    Even the river that runs through town had traffic.
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    vendor booths
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    The Appalachain Fox thought she had found some long lost Family. She does not like helmet hair stylin!
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    Historic county Court House
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    Local Musicians
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    Don't ask couldn't tell ya!


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    Well back to Cumberland for now.
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    Till Later. Got some interesting Pics from Deep Creek Lake In McHenry MD
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  12. Riff

    Riff Been here awhile

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    Daaannnng Man between your bikes and the roads you get to ride on. No Wonder they call WV Almost Heaven, Cause if you are riding a motorycycle in the Great State of WV you are in heaven. LSHICB :rofl :lol3 . You have some great machines there in your stable. Yeah looking at the rubber on the one bike could make things interesting! LOL
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  13. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    Like to do some multi day rides, my LC4 is a little uncomfortable for longer rides. Not sure how to get luggage mounted on the SuperDuke.
    Want a 990 Adventure sometime, not sure my wife is going to go for that soon after getting the SD.
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  14. Riff

    Riff Been here awhile

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    I feel your pain. I just finished looking at "Motorcycle USA's" Adventure ride 2010 shootout. That would be a kind of ride that would benefit the both of us. I would love to have another bike personally; one especially that I could take off road if I want, but would still go tarmac as well. You need a bike that could do both as well. Here is our shared problem. Our wives probably won't see it as and esential item on our home budget :lol3. MS USA 2010 shootout was between DUC Multistrada, Triumph Tiger, and the BMW 1200
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  15. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    Want an Adventure, a BMW GS, and a KTM RC8. Then just need time to ride:wink:
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  16. Riff

    Riff Been here awhile

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    I hear ya. They are definitely one of the top rides in there class. I've had a thing for Triumph since the second bike I ever had was a 500 Triumph Trophy some 38 years ago [yes I am OAD]. Even though I have an incredible ride, I'd love to have a Tiger 1050 SE as a second ride. Go figure. :huh Yeah throw in a time machine and we've got something going here!:wink:
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  17. Riff

    Riff Been here awhile

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    As promised "Deep Creek Lake" in McHenry, MD.


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    The Lake is located on RT 219 about 13 miles from RT 68 near Grantsvlle, MD

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    Yes it is a very picturesque place

    Again this is only about a one hour drive from downtown Cumberland and there are several ways to get there. There always seems to be a time where freeway riding is necessary. Not so in this case. From Cumberland there are at least three different secondary road trips you can take that are made for the great two wheeled machine! It is almost due west from Cumberland, but elevation is the key issue. In the winter it could be raining in Cumberland, but by the time you get to Keyser's Ridge it could be a white out and a foot of snow on the ground! I am editing this as I post. I am uploading some pics even as I post so I have to post and edit. More in a min.

    Ok the fist thing we notice is that by the color of the trees it was at different times.

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    Despite the sun and the warmth of the picture colors it was a cool day.
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    there is a lot of beauty to be found everywhere this is an old stump just out of frame to the right from the last picture.
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    Again in the midst of death there is new life a blooming right in the middle of this old dying stump.

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    Finally back to the lake gorgeous
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    I'm thinking to myself I am da man. I'm not one of those sisy warm weather riders. I....... what's that sound out on the lake?:huh
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    John McEnroe says it best "YOU ARE NOT SERIOUS"! Believe me when I say it was a chill day out there and here he comes on his jet ski on the lake! Wow now there is someone who takes his sport seriously. I got to take it up a notch.

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    Ok I'm heading back to Cumberland Now! Big bad motorcycle man...... Legend in my own mind !
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  18. klaviator

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    Great pics:thumb I did some riding in that area when I lived in Maryland in the mid 90's, but I don't think I fully appreciated the beauty of the area. Your pics make me want to go back. It's on my waaay too looooong bucket list!

    Oh yeah, congrats on the 29 years:thumb
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  19. Riff

    Riff Been here awhile

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    Thanks Klaviator. It's only been the last couple years and my current bike that I've begun taking trips I use to only take in the car. It didn't take long for me to remember and realize again it really is not where we live geographically, but how we get there. The Great Two Wheeled Machine gives us a perspective other vehicles don't. I'm sure as a pilot you understand this as well as anyone. The sounds, smells, sights, people no wonder people who don't ride motorcycles don't understand.

    :evil Oh Yeah like most guys on this site I married way over my head. The Appalachian Fox is as smart as she is beautiful. Thank God for that to! LOL
    The mountains will still be here when you get to that part of the Bucket :lol3. Let me know if you ever plan on coming through. I hook you up on the good stuff around the area.

    Riff
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  20. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    The mountains here on the East Coast are called the Appalachias and are actually older than the Rockies, and that is largley why they are smaller. Having said all that there are still some significantly beautiful vistas. If we couple that with the LOVE OF THE RIDE it creates a gestalt experience every time I take a ride.

    :nod +1 on that!

    I grew up in the Rockies, living for the first 50 years of my life in various places in New Mexico, Colorado, Idaho, and the past 34 years in Wyoming. When I first moved to Virginia I was in a serious funk about the loss of all the fabulous off-road riding that the West has to offer. I sold all the dirt bikes and kept my BMW GS and RT. After living here in central-west Virginia the past three years I haven't forgotten the thrill of dirt riding, but all these incredible roads around this region have certainly taken the sting out of it! We live in a rural area that is served by infinite miles of twisty roads that vary from asphalt to dirt and back, so the GS is the weapon of choice for me now and the RT has been sold. We're only about 15 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, an awesome ride, but there are many many more highways to choose from in all directions. West Virginia is incredible... I still miss the dirt and sometimes lament not getting to ride the huge wide open spaces, but there is no doubt this region offers some of the finest roads I've ever been on.

    If you ever decide to head West PM me and I'll return the favor and offer some ride ideas! Here's a teaser:

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    My wife and I were riding slowly through the Sunlight Basin north of Cody, Wyoming one day (she was a n00b and so we were taking it easy) when a guy on a K12GT came flying past us in the opposite direction, full lean through a fast right-hand sweeper, giving us the thumbs-up. We continued on and pretty soon he caught up to us again from behind, so we moved over and let him by. He gave us another big thumbs up as he wheelied past. Once we got past the view point and switch-backs above and were back on the sweepers on the way to the Beartooths, here came the guy on the K12GT again and this time he sat up and gave us the two-arm victory salute :clap ! We laughed about that later and wondered how long he had been "trapped" going back and forth on that section of incredible road, maybe for days! :lol3 I've done it myself a few times.

    Thanks for the great report, ride ideas, and photos!

    Doug
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