Trans-WV Trail?

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

  1. intothenew

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    Three, maybe four of us plan to leave the southern end August 9th for a nine day tour. Man that felt good, let me say that again, a nine day tour.:D The route includes a lot of what we ran last year, I just put a little more effort into cutting down on the tarmac. I also cut out the hero sections in an attempt to make this big bike friendly, we will see how that goes.:evil

    Luke MD looks to be the easiest to nav by dirt or grav. Hancock is kinda sorta ok. Rob, it looks like you crossed the border at Harpers Ferry a couple of months ago on your trip to Seneca. It appears to be blacktop west untill you get into basically Mineral county, and that was my experience last year.

    We are going to leave here with all intentions of making the coast somewhere in Jersey. I certainly do not think we will have time to run any of the TNJT, but I would like to know the route for reference(we will be back if this works out half as good as as expected). I will send a PM with the formal request.

    One nice campsite on the coast would be great. Lobster, crab, and vino within walking distance would be esquisite. Can anybody help me out on that?

    Trans America Trail East?
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  2. ky2008

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    New to ADV rider. I'm from WV but love in Ashland KY now, about 15 minutes from Huntington. I'd love to do some rides with anyone interested. I've been posting some on klr650.net but doesn't seem to be many people in the area.

    The best ride I've done so far was all hardball except for the portion at Dolly Sods. I rode from Huntington to Lewisburg on US 60, then took 92 up past Seneca to 28 (I think that was it). Then took the road leading to Dolly Sods.

    Camped on Dolly. Headed through Canaan, Davis, and Thomas on my way to 219 the next day. Followed 219 all the way to Scenic Highway. From the Scenic Highway I headed back to US 60 and back home.

    About 8 or nine hours of riding both days and 640 miles total. I would love to do more rides like this and some all, or mostly all, on dirt if anyone is interested. I'd be glad to help plot out tracks or routes, just let me know.
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  3. intothenew

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    First, go and read this. Get out while you can. Then, if you do decide to come back, what part of WV are you from?

    Welcome to the asylum.
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  4. ky2008

    ky2008 2008KLR

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    I'm already done man, there is no longer any hope for me. When I was young and had a KX 80 my buddy got a KE 100. It's been down hill from there. Had a Sherpa as soon as I could pay for one, now I have my '08 KLR. There's not a rock or speck of dirt within 3 counties I haven't been on. I'm done. My wife thinks (knows) I love my bikes more then her. Well hell, I've put more miles in riding my bike then riding my wife!

    I'm from Ceredo. It's about 5 minutes west of Huntington, and about 5 minutes from both Ohio and Kentucky. Now I live in Ashland, KY, about 15 minutes west of Huntington, WV. You?
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  5. intothenew

    intothenew Briar Patch Navigator

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    Mercer County.

    I just came back today from a weeks vacation with the wife and four friends. I was the only one on a bike,(they rode quads), but we made it almost halfway to you. Went from here to Logan and back. We had an absolute blast.
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  6. ky2008

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    Sounds awesome! I never knew there were so many trails in WV. I'd love to do something like that. I checked out some of your posts and saw a ride you did earlier. You are one lucky SOB to have a family interested in doing that stuff. My wife won't leave the mall long enough to do anything fun like that.

    Let me know if you plan on doing anyrides anywhere near my area, or in WV for that matter, if you guys want some company. I'd be glad to ride along. Doesn't matter if it's hardball or dirt to me. Personally I like a good mixture of the two. Hell, I'm happy with just riding around on backroads and seeing towns and stuff that I've never seen before.
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  7. Rider_WV

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    Hey man, I am over in Mason county. Myself and few buds ride quite a bit. We try to hit mixed terrain most rides if the cruiser guys dont go with us. Gravel, dirt, hardpack. I have an sv and most of them ride Vstroms. I will try to drop you a PM next time we ride. Usually every weekend. We usually try to get in a good day ride (400ish) miles. We have been hitting roane & jackson county a lot. We did a good ride to gilbert & Man, then across a nice rocky dirt road towards oceana several weeks ago.
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  8. ky2008

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    Sounds good riderwv. I worked in Mason county a couple times. Once at the Lakin Prison for about three weeks and once at Point Pleasant High School for about 6 months. That reminds me, there was a guy that worked at Lakin (construction worker) that had a red pre '08 KLR. Didn't know if you might know him.
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  9. Coyote X

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    I live a mile or so outside of Man in Logan county so if anyone is riding near me drop me a line. I can show you some of the interesting stuff around here and have a well equipped garage to do some repairs if needed.

    I have a DR650 that is needing more dirt in it's life :D
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  10. J-Rock!

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    im pretty new myself just joined up but im lookin for some riding partners cause i dont feel safe,,,,riding alone in these hills im a small guy lol
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  11. intothenew

    intothenew Briar Patch Navigator

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    What part of town are you from?
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  12. J-Rock!

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    I live in the town of Clay in Clay Co..
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  13. rocheguy

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    I've been watching this thread for a while. I'm planning a trip for Sept and want to put together as much non-paved road as possible. I downloaded the WV DOT maps, but am not sure about the terminology. How tight are trails? Big bike friendly? Does Impassable Road mean what it says? What is the differenece between primitive and unimproved? Any help would be appreciated.

    As this is my first stab at pulling together a gps file, I'd be happy to share it when I am done but make no promises about the content.

    Thanks,
    Jason
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  14. J-Rock!

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    Primitive,, people dont travel often,, grass in middle of road

    unimproved,, pretty much dirt/gravel

    Impassable,, Rocks,trees, probably not big bike friendly
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  15. jwlester

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    God I have to get back! This really makes me want to spend some time home. I'm from Bluefield but have lived in NC for a long time. I still have family in Bland, Taswell, Bluefield (VA&WV),etc. We hope to buy a little land outside Bluefield sometime soon. My soul is starved for the mountains. I need a place within about 45min of church but as remote as possible. Better there than anywhere else. Anyway, I'm watching this all closely looking forward to being able to take a long weeks ride up there soon. Thanks for sharing the info that ya'll gather. I"m sure lots of us will appreciate it.

    Cheers, Josh
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  16. Gabby

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    On the WV DOT maps, I have found that the dotted lined rds. can be anything from Jeep trails to non-existent. The solid parallel lined rds. are usually pretty good "maintained" rds. I carry both the DOT maps and a Gazetteer. When you cross co. lines, the Gazetteer helps you stay oriented. I of course have a gps but I need maps to see the "big" picture.

    I'd like to see us put this together. It will be an enormous undertaking, but there are so many good public roads of so much variety that I think we can come up with a route that will suit anyone. It's just a matter of doing a lot of riding and making a note of "man that was cool, or man that sucked big time" and putting it all together.

    KLRMike has Pleasants, Tyler and some of Ritchie Co. covered and I'm working on Wood, Ritchie and Wirt as well as anywhere else I might roam.
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  17. Jeff@TheQuadShop

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    I'm working on something just like this in eastern KY, it would be killer if we could somehow tie these routes together. :deal
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  18. J-Rock!

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    Yeah no doubt,,, Im in Clay Co.. So ive been exploring Clay,Kanawha,Roan,and Calhoun... I need to get some maps and jot some stuff down
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  19. ky2008

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    I'll be glad to help. I'm from a small town near Huntington, WV and live in a small town near Ashland, KY now. So anything around western WV or eastern KY I'd be up for. Let me know what I need to do to help.
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  20. Jeff@TheQuadShop

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    Have any tracklogs of gravel roads or trails?
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