Trans-WV Trail?

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Northeast, Southeast & Florida' started by Pharwaylok, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. Pharwaylok

    Pharwaylok Sing me Spanish Techno...

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    Anyone work out a trans-WV trail, like the NJ thread or trans-US trail?

    I enjoy taking the narrow single lane paved roads, but am curious to hear if anyone's tried following forest or single track county roads east-west/north-south across the mountain state?
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  2. husky123

    husky123 Long timer

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  3. MossMan4x4

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    this would be fun to put together. Time to get out the ol' gazeteer. :evil
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  4. wegobugs

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    Getting ready to purchase my first GS. I've had many bikes before but I'm looking forward to this one. Have you had any luck putting together info on trails?
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  5. Pharwaylok

    Pharwaylok Sing me Spanish Techno...

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    It's mostly hard ball (tarmac) but I'm mapping it now with Google in my sparetime, than I'll either test ride it or hit the WV Gazetteer to get on to some paths with more time.:loco
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  6. rob23

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    I have a whole bunch of WV tracks that I collected for my trip there last year. It was mostly dirt roads but it may be a step in the right direction for you. You could definately build a N > S route based on these tracks.

    Email me and I'll send them to you.
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  7. MossMan4x4

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    cool. email sent.
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  8. Pharwaylok

    Pharwaylok Sing me Spanish Techno...

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    WV DOH has an on-line reference;

    Linky

    These are complex on-line PDF county road maps.
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  9. spidennis

    spidennis SandStorm Adventures

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    Nice link!
    I'm presently downloading the entire site to get all those pdf map files .....
    and while looking at one of the maps, McDowell county page 1 of 4, route 2 (?) shows it's a "ford'. What's a "ford"? ..... and I'm guessing that's the itty bitty little roads I'd be looking for?

    Gonna leave the TN TAT and pass that direction on my WR250F on my way to NJ. I was supposed to already left but ..... yeah, there's always that "but" huh?

    anyway, what's a ford?


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    finished downloading all the files .. ...... 218 MB for 124 maps
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  10. Gabby

    Gabby Been here awhile

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    I believe the "ford" that they are talking about is a stream crossing on the road. I use the WV DOT website quite a bit. The PDF county road maps are a lot better that the Gazetteer. I printed one off at work on our large format printer it was pretty sweet. It shows houses, schools and everything. The rds. are also shown as to the condition of them. Some paved some unimproved. I just ordered a complete county rd atlas for WV, should be here next week. You can also order a complete set of maps from the state for around $50 or a cd rom with all of the maps on it. That is probably more practical that downloading them all ( for the broadband challenged ).

    In my experience you can find a lot of co. rds. that are nothing more than trails starting at the Ohio river and can be pieced together most of the way across the state. Just takes a lot of time and research. I'm workin' on it. good luck with your effort.


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  11. Pharwaylok

    Pharwaylok Sing me Spanish Techno...

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    And if you have a Palm pilot with a PDF reader and a large enough memory stick you can take them with you--paperless.
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  12. intothenew

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    Uh, sorry it took me so long to get here. 2008 Eastern Rendezvous and another planned trip in July has consumed my time. I have to use the "A" word in some of this, but I think you hillbillies will understand.

    Long story short, I have the very southern part of the state covered. From Bluefield to Beckly or from Bluefield to Logan. The July ride I spoke of will be bikes and, uh...uh...uh...ATVs. The fairer sex seems to prefer that mode of transport.:evil We plan on taking 7 days to go from Bluefield to Logan on bikes and ATVs, and back. I have posted one of the scouting trips here . I have done this trip on a bike, but am trying to cut some of the white knuckle stuff out, refer to the fairer sex comment from before with any questions.:toney

    I have run from Bluefield to Harpers Ferry, some really nice riding, but about half of that is the dreaded asphalt. Half of that is one lane. You can get a taste of that here.

    I have most of a run from Bluefield to the Ohio border mapped, but lost interest due to participation.

    I love this place, WV and ADV. Let's do this guys, I could go on for hours. In the regional/west virginia checkin forum there is talk of a pie run in Charleston soon. Check it out and I will cross post to here.

    Rob23, I collected everything that you posted. If you have anything else I would LOVE to have it.

    MossMan4x4, cudos for volunteering to carry PUI. I hope you get some mud on the case at least.

    And one more thing, Bluefield is the center of the universe if you didn't get that already.:wink:

    Let's go, Let's go, Let's go.
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    turkeyman101 Navigationally Impaired

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    Being part of the "participation" or lack there-of... (lol) I guess I am in by association. My total lack of commitment to anything has got to go.

    Let's go, Let's break for a smoke..., Let's go!:gun1
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  14. Rider_WV

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    A ford is a stream/creek/river crossing. Please keep in mind a lot of the county maps & USGS topo maps are old and the fords may not be crossable. Mossman and I play with our jeeps in an area near the Gauley River. On the USGS topo map there are several ford's on the Gauley. I have never found one we could actually cross. Most are several feet deep or worse depending on dam output at summersville, recent rains, etc... even in the drought they were still a few feet deep and flowing steady.

    Also, on smaller streams flash floods really wreak havoc on the banks and a lot of ford's arent usable. I know most of you from around here in the state already know this, but for people coming from out of state that may not realize what kinds of flash floods we have around here. They can rip up a creek crossing pretty bad.

    A trans-WV route would be killer. East to west should be fairly easy too. I cant wait to get a DS. There are tons and tons of great dirt roads in this state.
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  15. rob23

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    that's all I have for now..

    Please email me whatever tracks, waypoints or routes you have and I'd be more than happy to piece something together (woodsracer23 @ gmail .com).

    Should this route go from N/South or E/West?

    ==

    Take good notes while ridding:

    Here's what I do while I'm out ridding. Instead of stopping and punching in notes to my GPS via the waypoints comments I ride and drop waypoints in the following manner.

    • One waypoint indicates single track trail head.
    • Two waypoints dropped consecutively in a row indicates two track atv trail or small dirt road
    • Three waypoints dropped consecutively in a row indicates maintained dirt/gravel road
    • Four in a row indicates a good twisty road.
    This way, I can just keep ridding without any data entry. When I get back home I can then consildate my waypoints on the computer into something meaningful to the average user. Also, if you take notes in this manner you can send me the file and I'll know exactly what the roads/trails are like where you're ridding (provided in most cases they're not on the map).

    In the final map I use the following system for waypoints (see image below).

    Viapoints are used for routing. Viapoints include the name of the street where applicable (viapoits save space vs. waypoints)
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  16. intothenew

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    Thanks for the tips Rob. I will first go back and read over all your posts. You have done an incredible amount of work on TNJT. I am sure there is a lot for me to learn based on your experience, and when I read it I didn't have this in mind. I will save the e-mail request until I review my homework.


    From my point of view, this has to be a North/South route. I live at practically the most southern point.
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  17. intothenew

    intothenew Briar Patch Navigator

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    If anybody knows..........approximate percentage of hardtop on the TNJT and/or TAT?
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  18. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    What is the TNJT???

    The TN section of the TAT is 90% paved.
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  19. intothenew

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    WOW, that was a fast response and not what I expected to hear.

    Check out TNJT here.
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  20. captain

    captain Wild And Wonderful

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    Hello fellow WV! I am checking in. I just learned of this forum from my dad (intothenew) the other day. This is great knowing there are others out there just like us.
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