The Mountains of the East

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

  1. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    Nice. What part of Idaho?
    I'm still in Utah, Can be in Idaho in about 2 hours.

    Maybe we can head east together?
  2. Riff

    Riff Been here awhile

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    Well Gene,

    Officially, got a trip planned in the next couple of weeks. Bought a truck in Idaho.:deal I am planning on a 10 day trip to bike out with my wife and trailer the bike back. I figure a few stops here, there, Yellow Stone, and back.

    Really stoked! to get Karen out on the bike for a good sound tour. Preping in progress.

    So does that mean I will have to start a new thread.:cry


    It's like this Mark ..... NOPE!
    I think the folks would love to hear and see about your adventures returning back to "the Mountains of the East"! It will make it easy for me to, to not have to trace down your thread! You know how directionally challenged some of us old people are :lol3! So No Please feel free to post away.
    I my self am coming back out of the garage and looking to post some more stuff up ..... like what I already have to put up a littler later tonight.
  3. Riff

    Riff Been here awhile

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    Finally

    I found a rode, ... therefore I did!
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    take 40 east out of Cumberland to "Little Orleans Road" north into PA where it becomes rt 26. It leads you to PA 484 aka "Buck Valley Road" east. East bound will take you to "Warfordsburg" and rt 522, but before you get there you will pass through a community known as "Lashley". A must see sight is what looks like to me an old Country Store! ...
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    To me it was reminiscent of an old Western. In my mind's eye I can see the front porch with the supporting pillars and open steps. Josey Wales had just came out, and leaned on on of the pillars and lit his hand rolled cigaret! That's the great thing about riding around these har hills. There are sights like this everywhere on this back roads, and no known history behind it [that you know of] so you can make up your own!

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    I hear it said in real estate circles location, location, location is everything! The view here in every direction was just down right majestic and thinking back to it's heyday had to be the perfect spot. I would have imagined it was a hang out!

    Good plumbing too.
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    Who walked through these doors? What did they sell, ..... ?
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    Who, what, Where, why, When?

    Who or What occupied the upstairs?
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    Don't know, this leaves me with questions I might get answers for another time.
    in the mean time, it's time to UN-hitch my steed and head back out the road!
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    To Cumberland!
  4. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    Great pictures.

    I'll be in WV tomorrow. :clap
  5. Riff

    Riff Been here awhile

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    Wait! Is that the sound of "Welcome Back Kotter" playing in the background I hear?

    :clap :lol3 :rofl
  6. Theshantha

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    Wow, nice report. nice pictures too.

    Cheers
    Theshantha - Sri Lanka
  7. Riff

    Riff Been here awhile

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    Thanks Theshantha.
    I wish I could do this for a living, cause that's when I am. :lol3
  8. Riff

    Riff Been here awhile

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    "A Tale of Two Churches"! All over the mountains of the east, history is found around every corner. I have traveled two roads countless times in a cage, and passed by these two places more time than I can imagine, and never given them much thought! South bound on 522 just north of Winchester about 1/2 mile north on the 127 turnoff, stands this little church visible from the road on a dirt road. It's sign titles it as "Mount Hebro EUB Church - Welcome". From my research it is the "Evangelical United Brethren" Church organization. Like many structures around these parts it looks weather worn, and possibly older than it may look. Here's a brief tour.

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    facing the challenges of the day, most non-profits have fallen on challenging times, and well maintained as best as possible.

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    I know some of the last generation of country churches always have grave yards next to them. Careful investigation can give reference to the age of the church. This one though it may be old the grave markers don't appear to be that old, and out of respect and the size of the fence I choose not to look to closely with out permission.

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    As I said most of the markers do not appear to be all that old. There may have been some, but I could not see them.
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    As you can see in this picture the church is on the north bound side of 522 heading towards Berkley Springs.
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    pretty settings just around the bend.
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    [ lower right hand corner is not a fresh pile of dirt ..... fertilizer ]

    Wish I could have seen this one from the inside.
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    more later....
  9. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    We went for a ride, broke down for a bit.
    Got the bike started again and came home.

    $45 later I am the owner of a new battery.
  10. EastBoundAndDown

    EastBoundAndDown Rubber Duck - puttin' the hammer down

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    Pop started her?
  11. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    Yes, eventually.
    LC4 is not a bike that starts well with a dead battery.

    When it's dead like this (bad cell) you can't normally even kick start them.

    Took quite a few tries to push start it. When it did I tossed the seat back on, loaded up and pointed it to the house.

    With the new battery it's fine now, 2 batteries in 12 years ain't bad.
  12. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    With rain threatening the wife and I got an early (noon) start to go for a little ride.
    Wife starts a little later than I do, I was ready at 9 :deal
    Rain started hitting my helmet about a half mile from home, but I could see clear sky ahead so I continued on.
    The skies cleared for the most part and it was a nice day.

    Went south thru Parsons to fuel up the beast and then headed across the Douglas Rd.
    Lots of rain yesterday, there are some pretty good mud holes in spots here but I can dodge them or plow thru.

    This is a nice little campsite a couple miles in.
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    With this stream running by it, this is where the Blackwater River gets it's color and name.
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    Road is a little damp.
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    A few flowers along the road.
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    "Why do I have to wear all this stuff?"
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    I tried to take some pictures of the river that we could see (and hear) from the road, but couldn't get a good shot between the trees.

    Blackwater Falls was flowing about 2000 cf/s which is a lot of water.
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    Went to see what the Canaan Loop Road looked like, it was about like I figured. Wet.
    This is the first creek crossing, I'm guessing the far side was 3-4 feet deep.
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    We then hopped back onto 219 and dropped down Leadmine Run into Horseshoe, then back to Rt 72 to home.
    Due to careful planning on my part we were able to ride thru several rain showers over the next 20 miles.
    This washed most of the mud off of the bike, so I didn't have to do it when I got home.
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  13. Riff

    Riff Been here awhile

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    :pope :happay Awesome! I was very happy to see The Wife was a ridn wiff ya!
  14. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    I'm retraining her to be a passenger, but at least she quit sitting up straight in every turn tho.
  15. Riff

    Riff Been here awhile

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    :clap She will do well under your tutelage!
  16. WVhillbilly

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    Went roaming again today.

    Snake Rd to Location Rd.
    First stop to stretch our legs, the LC4 ain't no Goldwng :deal

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    I'll usually stop at a church for a break, as it's the only place around to pull over on these roads that isn't someone's driveway.
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    Around home here I can usually find some kin buried here. And some very old graves.
    The inscription on this one is nice.
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    Dropped down into St George and then onto Parsons for gas.
    We went on down the skinny part of Rt 72 South, and turned onto Jenningston Rd.
    I was thru here last year and it is a nice ride, comes out near Laurel Fork on Rt 33.

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    This guy needs to mow his...uh roof.

    After quite a few miles and no picture stops we had ridden thru Harmon, Canaan Valley, Davis and Thomas.
    The high ground was very windy, windy enough to toss you around in the lane a lot.

    After passing thru Thomas and being tailgated a few times on the two lane roads I dropped into Leadmine Run, that leads down into Horseshoe.
    I've driven by this place for years, don't ever remember a house being on it so it has been gone a while.
    Looks like it was a nice place, concrete stairs and basement, a few other poured concrete walks around the foundation.
    Someone put a lot of work into it for sure.

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    They had a great view, and I'm betting a lot of quiet here 70-80 years ago.
    We were there about 15 minutes and no cars went by at all.
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    Did I mention how awful the road is?
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    Looks terrible eh? :D

    Recent additions to the scenery, it's a lot farther off than it looks.
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    The driveway is a little rough, but I could live with it.
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    The flowers are doing fine tho.
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    I don't think this fridge works now, but the plating sure is good on the nameplate.
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    From there we traveled down the creek to home.
    I need to remember to mount the GoPro and let it do some picture taking for me.
  17. AdvWolf

    AdvWolf Wolfhaven Tree Farm

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    Some one has to work today and finally it is not me. Riff the trip fell through in the last few day of use heading out. So bummed, 6 weeks of planning and I think the nice gentlemen sold the truck from under me. Anyway if you are interest in handing on some day trippin or you and shelly want to take a trip in the regional mts. I am in.

    good day to ride Monday/ Tues?
  18. Riff

    Riff Been here awhile

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    Some one has to work today and finally it is not me. Riff the trip fell through in the last few day of use heading out. So bummed, 6 weeks of planning and I think the nice gentlemen sold the truck from under me. Anyway if you are interest in handing on some day trippin or you and shelly want to take a trip in the regional mts. I am in.

    good day to ride Monday/ Tues?

    Hmmmm let me check my schedule, I know opportunity is in there somewhere! :clap
  19. Riff

    Riff Been here awhile

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    Ok so it's taken a little [two weeks] to finish "A Tale of Two Churches". So let see if I can get this done. These pics all come from the same day and ride as I took from two weeks ago. I turn off 522 south to pick up 127 West and or North, and up in an area I always thought was Omps I found out is actually called "Bloomery" I passed by this church hundreds of times. A very pretty little church in a gorgeous country setting and never stoped to see.... Until now.

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    The sign alone alludes to it's history.

    The setting is of course down right picturesque.
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    Obviously the congregation has meticulously taken care of and renovated the little church over the years. But it definitely has history!

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    The placard speaks of a "Civil War" engagement up and through this valley, and how members of this church fought and supported the Confederacy. If you need more evidence. :

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    From what I was told, after the War it cost the church dearly as the Union did not act kindly towards their preferences.

    There are other markers that indicate the historical heritage of this church as members of this congregation participated in WWI that's right WW - One!
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    thanks to the photographer's mediocre skills :lol3 :cry the image is a little out of focus, but you can make out the solder was born in Feb 4, 1891 and died on March 5th 1918.
    There a collection of other markers that spoke of a epidemic that swept through the community in the early thirties. Some of the most remarkable markers place the beginnings of the church back to the founding of our Country, and some ... well we can only speculate.

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    date unknown

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    I was told by two very nice young men [about my age :lol3 ]
    that there is an estimated 13 - 15 unmarked graves behind the church of Confederate soldiers.
    These guys where very proud of their church. They where there the day doing some maitenance work around the guys and keeping a close eye on the motorcycle bum who had invaded their sacred grounds [me :wink:].
    Once I was able to earn their trust and convince them I came in peace, they wanted to make sure I got the full tour of their beloved church.
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    [gotta get my eyes check - lousy auto focus ]
    But I was very excited, and happy. What I though was going to be a thirty min. stop and shoot turned into an hour and a half guide tour and fellowship. But it was worth it.

    Beings as I am getting ancient and believe I have either gone cenile, or got "Some-timers" I am not a hundred percent sure about their names. Probably a good thing for them. But any way I conclude with these shots of this wonderful stop.
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    I was told the base on the bottom of the pulpit was added because of size differential of the Ministers back in the day as compared to today! About six inches higher I think.

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    The guys told me this was some of the original lighting!
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    This wall ran all the way around the perimeter of the church. My imagination runs wild with how it may have been used and for what purposes over the life of this frontier church.
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    Well this was the tale of two churches
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    Like I said earlier been through here hundreds of times and this is the first time I took a few moments to stop and catch something truly spectacular that we often taken for granted here in the Mountains of the East! The day is growing short and others are riding through. this is the view right in front of the church
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    Time to get back to Cumberland.
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  20. WVhillbilly

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    I gots a smart camera, helps with the focus.
    Because I don't have those skills.

    What are you guys doing over this weekend?
    I'll be in Grafton at some point.