Thomas, WV 350 Miles on a 650 V-strom

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by RocketMan, Aug 9, 2015.

  1. RocketMan

    RocketMan Out Rocketing

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    two weekends ago I took my new 2014 DL650 on its first long shake-down ride. It was hot as blazes in the Northern Va valley so decided to head up to the Allegheny Plateau where its usually a good 15 or so degrees cooler. Took the Slap most of the way out and along the latest addition to to the Byrd Memorial Highway that is slowly cutting its way across the middle of West Va. just to get away from the Valley heat.
    First though I did some miles along Rt. 55 which is a nice two lane running parallel to I66.
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    Then out 66 to catch the eastern end of the 55/48 interstate heading west. The road has any number of deep cuts and filled in valleys as it is mostly east/west thru a number of mountain ranges.

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    Heading toward the Plateau
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    Once at the base of the Plateau I jumped of the interstate and headed along a nice twisty section of old road. At the top and right along the eastern ridge are a long line of huge wind turbines that help provide energy for much of WVA and Va. in conjunction with the Mt Storm Powerplant, just about the only features on the eastern edge of the Plateau.
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    Its hard to really get a scale of just how big these things are. but to give you some idea, where the blades attach to the main generator housing 4 men can stand together with room to spare!

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    Once at the top, it flattens out for some 40 miles west and consists of mostly wind-blown wetland sitting at around 3200 feet elevation.

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    Past thru Davis (the only other town up in this section of the Plateau) and headed a bit north toward Thomas, a funny little town built on a such a steep hillside that the main street actually splits into two one-way roads. The upper road, heading north is mostly deserted and is just above roof top level of the building lining the lower, southern running section of the main street.
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    The lower road on the other hand is lined with a number of very active businesses, small antique stores and old style movie theatre, some places to eat and listen to music, even has a hostel&Guest House (although why anyone would want to stay in hostile guest house is beyond me :lol3)
    I usually eat at the Purple Fiddle next to the guest house and sat outside for a bit chatting with a local and enjoying the much more comfortable temps (high 70's low 80's) than those I had left behind in the valley.

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    Then I headed north to Rt. 50 just at the MD/Wva line to ride back east off the Plateau down some nice twisty sections of road. But first a quick stop to visit with my Lady of the Glass, a real beauty and very sexy and is always tempting me to join her behind the glass but even with all her charm, I still find her to be rather 2-dimentional...

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    And of course a pic of a lovely old wooden door, being the sucker I am for such..

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    Then it was down hill heading east and pretty soon I could feel the heat return as I ran down the side of the plateau, leaving the coolness of the mountain aire and breezes behind. Damn, I should have stayed at the Guest House, Hostile or not, it would have been better than the 95+ heat and humidity I was returning to.

    The route...https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z1-DKApgQFPw.kSHOI_z3Y6pU&usp=sharing

    Enjoy

    RM
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  2. Bicyclist

    Bicyclist Been here awhile

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    Didn't know you had a VStrom. Still got the NT?
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  3. CaptnSlo

    CaptnSlo Derelicte

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    Very nice RocketMan! I love the area you rode through. Thomas is a neat little town. My 2 cents about the guest house - having stayed in the hostel above the Purple Fiddle, I think the guesthouse would be preferable if you need silence in order to sleep. Lots of - ah - interesting sounds and smells at the hostel. Definitely adds flavor to the trip. I was camping at Seneca Rocks this weekend and wished I could have stopped in Thomas on my way back, but after reading this, I feel like I did, so thanks :D
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  4. EmmEff

    EmmEff Long timer

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    Great food at Hellbender Burritos in Davis, too! My wife knows or knew the owners of The Purple Fiddle...


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  5. RocketMan

    RocketMan Out Rocketing

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    NT? wassthat? I had an IT700V but its gone. After down sizing from my R90/6 to the SR400 I started to realize just how heavy the IT was so went looking for something lighter but equally capable and with all the things I loved about the IT, such as handling, weather protection, carrying capacity, braking and comfort with 90 or lb's less weight. Found it in the Wee, plus it can handle a bit of non-pavement riding. Only two things that it wasn't quite up to the IT were handling, (felt a bit sluggish at first) and braking. The handling issue was fixed by lowering the front end 1/2 an inch, made a Huge difference. As for braking, its not as quick, nor as instantaneous as the IT, fact is the IT was scary good, those triple pistons per calliper were awesome. takes more effort, but it does have ABS so I don't have to worry so much about really getting on the brakes. and on the plus side the Wee is much more stable in the wind or passing semi's, it seems completely unaffected, and I got farkle it the way I wanted and Still come in well under list price.
    RM
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