West Virginia Routes Question

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  1. kantuckid

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    I'll be riding from home to the WV border on KY32, crossing @ Louisa,KY. Goal is twisty, meandering & scenic route, sideways across WV to reach N beginning of BRP. I've ridden much of WV FWIW. Some general notes I made from atlas has me seeing these roads as possibles (east to west and not in particular order)- WV39, WV15, WV28, WV55, WV33 to get to Front royal, VA area then south to terminus at SMNP area. There I'll ride NC, TN, GA and back to KY.
    Pnoman are you looking? :lol2

    BTW, stragglers are welcome...
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  2. pnoman

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    Maybe.....

    37/10 to Chapmanville
    119 to Madison
    3 to Chesapeake
    60 to Rainelle
    20 to Camden on Gauley and Webster Springs
    15 to Valley Head
    219 to Huttonsville
    250 to Bartow
    28 to Judy Gap
    33 to Franklin
    220 to Petersburg and Moorefield
    OLD 55 a couple miles east of Moorefield to Wardensville
    55/48 to VA

    Just one of many options, none of which are bad (unless you take the Interstate - LOL)
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    OR??? Richwood to 219 then Slatyfork to Cass via 66, then Bartow???
    I knew you'd see this...:lol2
    FWIW- I'm looking at Thursday to leave as seems fall weather's finally come that day.
    Thanks, Mike
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    ^^^^^ Also a good choice.

    Sorry I'm not on here very much lately. That nasty ol' cancer has finally caught up with my mom and I've been getting her house ready for hospice care. She's coming home from the hospital tomorrow, so I've been consolidating everything on the 1st floor to make it easier for her.


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  5. kantuckid

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    Thanks for your suggestions. My wife spends two days a week with her siblings keeping their mom with alzheimers @ 93 in her home. It is taxing to say the least. They are all worn out after several years of this and her moms overall health remains quite good. My wife & I have sworn to our family we will go to a care facility, period. My sons tease me as to "when I'm moving back to the ridge" as we used to rent a farm house on the ridge where they later built a nursing home. My middle brother died in hospice in my native KS two yrs ago. It almost killed him trying to get on hospice as they'd do the hospital in & out routine over & over. bye...
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    Staying on 20 N from Webster Springs and run Williams River Rd between 20 and 219 at Edray is nice too, and Back Mtn Rd from there to Cass.
    West of 150, Williams River Rd was closed in the spring, but google isn't showing any obstruction now.
    Just to throw a couple more options at you. It's all good in WV (even the interstates have nice views at least). :D
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    Thanks. all paved or good gravel?
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    All paved. 20 a great, serpentine, full-sized state 2 lane highway.
    Williams river (mainly east of 150) and Back Mtn roads will have some gravel strewn corners and are much narrower, but even more convulsed with curves.
    Definitely a change of pace, but just as much fun, if not more, and awesome scenery.
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    That'll work! Camping ideas? Will probably take two days across WV-at the most so looking at a campsite over half way across? Seneca SP has showers, Spruce Knob looks better but no showers.
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    Many camping spots along Williams R Rd, west of 150. right along the river, I always see lots of fisher folk with campers set up. (fee required I think, no showers)
    There are a couple developed CGs one east and one west of 150. Though I don't know if they have showers or not
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    Holly Springs or Holly River State park on 20, a little further north than the junction WRR is a nice CG with showers
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    Monongahella NF along the river with no showers I see them marked on WV state map

    WRR means Williams river road junction? not sure where you mean they have a shower-Shower is nice...


    Question: is the road from Richwood, 55/150 called "highland Scenic Hwy." worth a circle ride ??? it would mean doing part of the route twice or miss that?
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    Richwood is a kinda of interesting town. I have been through and walked through it several times. it's like a stephan king abandoned town. a couple of nice coal miner murals on the wall there. the road through is nice as is eastbound towards 219. 72 is a good road marked"unsuitable for trucks".

    excellent! !
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    Yes WRR = Williams River Rd

    150 is a very wide open sweeping ride along the ridge and quite scenic. Not technically challenging, but well worth a ride if you have the time.
    219 between either end is a nice curvy run as well, but more traffic.
    There is a waterfall/park overlook on 39 near it's southern junction with 55 that I stopped at decades ago. I recall it fondly mainly because of a girl I saw wearing a t-shirt that said, "Mean girls suck, nice ones swallow" She looked very nice. :evil

    The southern part of 72 that @theshnizzle mentions runs from just of east of Parsons to the Canaan area, not directly along your route I think.
    It has been a long time favorite of mine, but it is also a narrow, gravel strewn road and my last few runs have been marred by some tetchy squeeze plays from oncoming vehicles. I no longer recommend it. YRMV
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    I used to get the WV history magazine until it was no longer free. I remember Richwood now as the Ramps place. 72's too far north for my plan.
    I'm kind of like Jimmy Carter once described these days with the hot girls, I look & lust and go on my way...:lol2
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    When are you doing this trip?
    Not that there's any chance of me straggling along - I've got a busted/now plated collarbone and a broken foot to heal. :muutt
    Have a great ride and post up the results when you get back.
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    Thanks form the route info.! I've been trying to get this trip in since the doc released me from my 2nd hip replacement checkout at 6 weeks. Ended up chasing a farm tractor, then agreeing to haul my old one to Murphy,NC area. Sadly I was towing an equipment trailer, not riding when I went down TN68 to the guys farm. He lives below Coker Creek, TN which is near one of the most popular areas in E TN. We are going down there in Oct with a our trailer, then meeting some of our kids (Knoxville) at Big south fork for more camping.
    I am waiting on delivery of a new air sleeping pad should be here Fri/sat but if not I may have to leave on Monday. I gotta be back for a dentist appt on Oct6th. Retirement has it's freedoms and restrictions too just different set of crap than working stiffs endure.
    I used to work with some MX riders in the 1960's in KS, high level riders two of them and I forget how many collar bones they had cracked up. That's a bummer. I'm a very active guy for my age and still yet that lifestyle yields joint wearout. I have cable & screws in my left shoulder plus it had a full tear. then the 1st hip, then a gall bladder that the doc was seeking a way to kill me by poor treatment, then my 2nd hip this July.
    Beats the crap out of the killer stuff like the "big C", so I'm OK with it all.
    I'd be happy to have someone as a ride partner for this ride, always nice in the evening. hoping to hook up in VA with two different riders, one upper BRP, one lower.
    Get fixed and we'll take a ride somewhere?
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    I did a 1,050 mile jaunt that took me on most of the roads mentioned above. I talked to a logger who warned against the Williams River Road-who knows if it's that bad?- he said there's holes you don't see till yer on them- and did the Highland Heritage road through the national forest instead. At that point I decided I was less interested in the BRP (I've been on it several times) than new roads, less miles, so I did WV39 into VA39, both of which are great MC roads and very scenic too. In VA I rode S on the Sam Snead Hwy 220?, then connected with VA18 which is another fun ride. It's far from as tight as the two 39 roads but a designated VA scenic route which is properly stated. I then hooked into WV52 and went all the way to US119, then US460 connection and home. Sadly WV coal is deader than a doornail! Not sort of dead-real dead! Homes for sale, people all selling off their household stuff along the road and i saw exactly one! tipple working. It's like a "Chernobyl Happened in the coal fields!" as you go past mine after mine with nobody there... Really sad. Does make 52 a better MC road as zero coal trucks nowdays.
    Did three days total. My new rt hip only complained when I kicked up to mount, otherwise it was my 1st non scooter, MC ride since my hip began quickly degrading early this year.
    I'm not a RR type of guy, sorry, I just take mental pics these days. Also noteworthy in WV is US60 and definitely WV20 as MC roads.I forgot WV 3 & WV16-other VG roads I was on.
    The weather was a true delight! Now we finally have some rain after a record number of days with zero rain.
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    Glad you had a great trip!
    Next year, after I'm healed, and hopefully retired, I'll take you up on your suggestion for a ride. It's been way, way, too long since I've had some quality play time in eastern KY.
    160 between Big Stone Gap and Lynch is a fondly remembered treat.
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