Wee & Wingabago Wanderings

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  1. steveb126

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    I rode the whole BRP end to end before but it had been a few years. My recent trips down there I've been exploring off the Parkway. There's a lot of gravel/forestry roads available but I stuck to the pavement this trip. Road crews were out and they were completely replacing the road bed so I did do some gravel, wet muddy loose stuff they were preparing the roadbed with. It was fun with my overloaded little Wee.

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    Rode leisurely paced 400 miles. Seen a big bear around the 40 mile marker. 7th time I've seen a bear in the wild, still not quick enough with the camera. Thought I seen a fellow Ohio ADVer, look for ArmyJoe he just started a perpetual picture thread that is way cool and ADV worthy.



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    Camped at Carolina Hemlocks again. One of my favorite campsites. Cheap rates and hot showers. Campsites on both sides of the road. Camp in the upper east side especially when its hot and on the weekend, they rent tubes and such so the place gets a little crowded. Vance and his wife were the Campground hosts this time. Nice folks. Retired for over 10 years, originally from Raleigh, now living the RV life... Cool !

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    Rode the rest of the Parkway from mile marker 345 and across Newfound gap with the rest of the tourist.

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    These folks had rode all the way from Canada.
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    Every few years I ride through Gatlinburgh and Pigeon Forge just to remind myself why I usually bypass it. There is a lot of fun stuff to do there and the usual tourist stuff, just not the usual ADVenturous stuff. Jumped on I40 to 25E, not much to see there, however there are a few nice overlooks.
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    Arrived at Cumberland Gap and set up camp early enough to head into the historic town. From there I went up to the overlook.

    One foot in KY, the other in VA.
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    The ridge line to the left below the lake is the long disputed TN, KY, VA state boundaries. Under it is the 25E tunnel. That is the KY side of 25 on the right.
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    After leaving the overlook I ventured around the back roads on the other side of the mountains from where the campground is located. Little twisty 1 1/2 lane roads and some gravel. 320 miles total for the day.
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    Packed up and headed into KY stopped for gas and snacks in Middlesboro off and running by 8 this morning. I got real lucky with the route I took. After getting off 25 in Pineville I rode 66 N to 11.

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    66 was a great road. Red Bird seemed to be a common theme through the area. I thought it may reference Cardinals or something warm and fuzzy. Came upon this historical marker with the explanation, reality can be kind of cruel.
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    Entering the Daniel Boone National Forest I decided to bypass the western direction of 11and took 715 up to 77. Great decision, great roads. What a genius I am !!! ...or just lucky.
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    I am still just a newb/prospect at the ADV asylum moto club. Here is a situation where I may be barred and have to turn in my ADV members only card. :D

    After reaching the end of 77 (did I mention what a great stretch of road ?) took the jog over 460 to Frenchburg and headed N on 36. 36 starts to veer west so I took 211. Crossing US60 the next stretch of 211 had a sign "not a through road". My map showed it went through. Next sign "end of state maintenance". Surely this was a mistake, I don't care what the signs were trying to tell me. "Creek Crossing" sign ? Surely its a tame, tranquil, quaint little river fjord bordered on the edges with honeysuckle and rose beds.
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    After trying to find a bypass down the lane to the right I came upon numerous "Keep Out" signs posted for the farm it led to. Returning to the creek crossing I pondered for a few moments, had a snack and a drink. I decided even if I had company a crossing here would not end well with my minimalist 100 pounds of gear bagged and strapped on the Wee. Note the facetious sarcasm here, I've been known in the past to pull a trailer behind the Wing for my solo camping trips and we still do for our 2 up trips. I am very much a newb on what many here would consider an average ADV day in the boondocks. To be honest I'm not sure I would have done it on my CRF250, ....unless egged on by my ADV OH peeps.[​IMG]
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    After returning to pavement I took 60 into Owingsville where I picked up 111, a nice meandering valley road. Passed numerous groups of riders, must have been a poker run or something going on. 111 and 211 travel parallel to the east of 11 with less stop and go stuff like strip malls and stuff. Last time I stayed on 11 through KY was 1995. I feel fortunate that I picked the route I did. I will return, probably 2 up on the wing with the Lovely Rea and our trailer. 1995 was also the last time I had been up on the Cumberland Gap Overlook and it has changed.

    Crossed the river at Maysville, back home in Ohio, yet still 4 hours from the house.
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    Nearly hysterical horsing around historical marker, I think it was used in our state wide tag game recently.
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    I gassed up in West Union,OH on route 41, another pretty country road. I decided to check the aforementioned tag game, sure enough the tag was only 15 miles, even though it was a bit of backtracking I had to tag it.

    The weather was gorgeous, not a drop of rain. Skies were definitely threatening from mid afternoon on but somehow it dodged me. Well over 400 miles for the trip home and just shy of 1700 miles total 4 days and miles of smiles.[​IMG]
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    Looks like you had a fun trip. I'm jealous, I've been too busy to do much riding this year.

    Oh, that river crossing you "wimped" out on, only an idiot would try that on a on a loaded wee.


    OK, maybe a serious ADVr with a desire to get a front page pic might try it:rofl
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    My goodness it's been over a month since I've looked at my thread here. Yep the river was a little too deep and soft. The tire tracks you can see were as deep as my panniers and the spot I took the pic from was very steep. I still tell myself if I was on the little bike and had accompaniment :D.

    The Lovely Rea and I are headed out tomorrow on the Wingabago. Original plan was over into PA and camp in the Allegheny National Forest, it's been a good 10 years since I've been over that way. Weather is not cooperating so we're probably heading South again.
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    We intended to go camping in PA for a couple days but the weather wasn't looking to good. We'll use that as an excuse to get away sooner rather than later for our next 2 up trip. We headed down to some of our usual favorites roads. Super slab 77 down into Parkersburg,WV across US50. We gassed up in Ellenboro and headed south to North Bend State Park for a picnic lunch.

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    We rode around some little 2 lane county roads and came out on 16 into Smithville. 47 east > 33 east and some small 2 lane shortcuts to pick up US250 below Elkins,WV. Set up camp at Lake Sherando outside Waynesboro,VA. Clean campground with showers. 453 miles for the day.
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    Skyline drive.

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    We went through Front Royal,VA and north off Route 55 runs Fort Valley Road 678 west in the shadow of Massanutten Mountain. I had camped over there in the mid 90's in the George Washington Nat'l Forest. We ran some little 2 lane roads and eventually came out on 340 in Luray and continued into Elkton for some country fried steak at the C & S Diner. Back up 33 to Skyline Drive and returned to camp. Great day of leisurely paced riding. 258 miles.
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    We packed up camp and were out the gate by 8. We hit I64 and exited north of Lexington,VA onto some side roads. 606>724>731>602 out to 39 west. The little side roads were cool and 731 was pretty gravel with a couple small waterfalls. We rode 39 across Goshen Pass. Pretty overlook and picnic area.

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    Continuing west on 39 the Dan Ingalls Overlook is worth a stop at the top of Warm Springs,VA.

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    We continued across 39 and stopped in Richwood,WV for some good down home cooking. I had a chicken tender basket that included fries and a bowl of gravy of course.

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    We had ran through some rain 15 minutes of steady rain and 30 minutes of drizzle. After lunch it caught up with us and it was pouring so we hung out for a few and we were good to go. We continued on 39 to 16 and headed north towards home.

    Ice Cream stop sitting in a little traffic triangle. I would guess it was gas station in a past life.

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    We ran 16 up to 47 and headed west towards Parkersburg. It had been a great ride home. Then the skies turned really ugly. We stopped and suited up. Frogstrangler came upon us complete with HEAVY winds and tree parts and debris blowing everywhere. Not the kind of ADVenture I seek, but it did/will make for a memorable trip.. We were probably 3 miles from Parkersburg and I quickly found some shelter. We were checking our Radar App on the smarty phone and it was not looking good. We sat under an overhang at a closed down store front for 45 minutes. I would have continued into Parkersburg had I realized how close we were.

    After it let up we mounted the Wingabago and it wouldn't start. Hydro locked, it was raining that hard. Luckily I realized what was going on and we didn't break anything trying to continue with mashing the starter button. I was stumped for a moment and decided to try and rock the bike a little in gear. After clicking it up into OD and bumping it backwards we were on our way. We fueled up and hit I77 north in Pburg. Steady light showers let up as crossed the river. Skies were gorgeous as the clouds rolled to the east. We arrived home around 10pm after 1,200 miles in 3 days. A nice relaxed pace with less than 300 miles of super slab.
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    While out riding the other day I came across the stereotypical barn. US route 62 between Killbuck and Danville,OH

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    Went back down south to the general area yesterday. It was my birthday. The day started off with some sad news of a death in the family. Moms oldest brother, 83 years old. Career Army, Special Forces, Korea, Vietnam and upon Army retirement Police Chief in Erwin,NC for 12 years. RIP Faithful Servant Uncle Bill. Without our faithful and trusted servants we may not get to enjoy life as we know it.

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    Flooding Coshocton County Rd 20 Mohawk Dam Area.
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    Headed over to PA to camp in the Allegheny National Forest at Twin Lakes for the weekend


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