West Virginia: Tucker/Grant/Preston Co. Sampler

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  1. pnoman

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    Blackwater Falls – Tucker, Grant & Preston Counties



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    Located near <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Davis</st1:place></st1:City>, just south of the SW corner point of Maryland (Fairfax Stone). (File photo from last summer)

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    I met up with a riding friend, Michael (aka DuckWV) at Philippi on Friday afternoon for a nice ride over through Nestorville and Parsons to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Blackwater</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Falls</st1:placeType> <st1:placeType w:st="on">State Park</st1:placeType></st1:place>. We pitched our tents, grabbed a burrito at Hellbender’s Burritos, and then headed out exploring back roads in the area. The weather was perfect – sunny and temps in the 70s and low 80s.


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    Entrance to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Blackwater</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Falls</st1:placeType> <st1:placeType w:st="on">State Park</st1:placeType></st1:place>.



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    The campground is located about a mile from the falls. Very clean and organized.



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    Reasonable rates for a nice facility.



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    We set up camp under the trees to the left.

    The bath/shower house was about 100 yards away – close enough to be handy, but not noisy or smelly.





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    Nice, clean bath house nearby.


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    As soon as we were set up, it was time to ride. First, let’s get some food so we don’t have to rush back. Hellbender’s Burritos (middle building on right) in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Davis</st1:City></st1:place> has quite a reputation.


    Let’s see if they are as good as people say they are.



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    We’re here.



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    Your’s truly with the sentinel.

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    Inside, it’s nice and clean. There is also a bar in the next room.


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    I ordered the steak burrito. Nicely done. The burritos range from about $6 - $8.


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    After dinner, it was north to just above Thomas. From there, we headed NE up Rt 90 towards Gormania. It’s a pretty straight road, but the scenery is nice. Pleasant, but not a road I would go out of my way to ride again.





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    Still following Rt 90 NE along the WV / MD border.




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    Rt 90 passes through the small town of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Bayard</st1:City></st1:place>.




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    And here is where Rt 90 (straight ahead, looking south) meets Rt 50 at Gormania.




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    From Gormania, we headed east on Rt 50 to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">Mt.</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Storm</st1:placeName></st1:place>, where we rode Rt 42 south to Scheer. Going down the mountain from <st1:placeType w:st="on">Mt.</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Storm</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Lake</st1:placeType> to Scheer is one of <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">West Virginia</st1:place></st1:State>’s greatest rides. Nice combination of some tight 25-30 MPH curves, along with nice sweepers that can be taken at 50 MPH +, depending on how much you trust your bike and the tires. Smooth pavement and good visibility, too. Here, we are nearing the bottom, looking out towards our destination of Greenland Gap, visible just to the left of the new Corridor H bridge.



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    After passing under the new Corridor H bridge, <st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Greenland Gap Road</st1:address></st1:Street> (<st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">County Road</st1:address></st1:Street> 3-3) turns to the right off of this road (CR 1).



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    <st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Greenland Gap Road</st1:address></st1:Street> – CR 3-3. Freshly repaved.


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    <st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Greenland Gap Road</st1:address></st1:Street> follows this stream for several miles.




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    To the left, the rocks from the cliffs angle downward into the stream.




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    Michael (DuckWV) came back to check on me since I stopped to take so many photos.



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    Your’s truly by the point where the cliff angles down into the stream.



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    <st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Greenland Gap Road</st1:address></st1:Street> (CR3-3) continues on eastward.



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    Nice view of the stream.


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    After crossing CR3 at Falls, <st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Greenland Gap Road</st1:address></st1:Street> (CR3-3) continues east.




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    Nice scenery on CR3-3 between Falls and CR5 (to Medley). Also freshly paved.



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    More scenery on CR3-3.


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    This farmer was making hay. The junction with CR5 is just ahead. Turn left (north) to go to Medley.





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    Between Medley and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Williamsport</st1:City></st1:place>, we turned left (west) on CR2, also known as <st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Belle Barb Lane</st1:address></st1:Street>. This road circles back around to Greenland Gap. View from a bridge over the stream.




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    My favorite photo of today’s ride. CR2 (<st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Belle Barb Lane</st1:address></st1:Street>) looking west. Peaceful!


    Soon we were backtracking through Greenland Gap and blazed another ride up the mountain on Rt 42 to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">Mt.</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Storm</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Lake</st1:placeType></st1:place>. From there, we took Rt 92 west straight over to <st1:City w:st="on">Davis</st1:City> and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Blackwater</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Falls</st1:placeType></st1:place>. It was just getting dark when we arrived back at the campground. Beautiful day and great riding!!


    See you tomorrow.


    (to be continued....)



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  2. pnoman

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    Next morning (Saturday). Up at 6am. Pretty quiet around the campground.

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    I walked over by the woods and found this nice group of ferns.

    (BTW &#8211; That&#8217;s not flash. The ferns were naturally this bright.)



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    A closer examination of the ferns revealed this small moth, about the size of a dime.


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    Michael&#8217;s GPS showed the temperature to be 44 this morning.

    Quite a change from the 90s earlier in the week out at <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on">Harpers Ferry</st1:place>.





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    After packing everything up on the bikes, we rode into town for breakfast.

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    The Saw Mill Restaurant in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Davis</st1:City></st1:place> is a nice family-style restaurant.

    Good food, reasonable prices, good selection, very clean.


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    Inside the Saw Mill Restaurant.

    I had the meal with 2 buckwheat cakes, 2 eggs, home fries, and toast for $6.


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    After breakfast, we headed south on Rt 32 toward Harmon. About 6 miles north of Harmon, Rt 72 turns west and goes through 15 miles of back country and farms before coming out near Parsons. This photo is actually at the western side, where we finished.



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    Heading west on Rt 72 from the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Canaan</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Valley</st1:placeType></st1:place> area. This part was also freshly paved.


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    Rt 72 is visible up ahead as it meanders through the countryside.


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    Another view of Rt 72. (near eastern end of road)

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    I bet this old house has a lot of stories to tell.



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    Continuing westbound on Rt 72. Nice variety of woods and farms.



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    The western half of Rt 72 has not been repaved in awhile, but is still in OK shape.

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    A woodsy section of Rt 72 near the western end.


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    Some tight corners. This is why they don&#8217;t allow trucks on this road.


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    Nearing the western end of Rt 72. Only a couple more miles to Hendricks.


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    The beginning of Rt 72 on the western end looking east.


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    This one is for HBN. He always stops to get flower photos.



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    At Parsons, we headed north on Rt 72. We stopped at St. George and saw these folks fishing the quiet <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Cheat</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">River</st1:placeType></st1:place>.


    After this, we turned left (west) at Etam onto CR 76 and CR 50-6 which brought us out on Rt 50 about 5 miles west of Cool Springs.



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    I wondered if I could actually ride under it, but I think my windshield would just clip the driveshaft.


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    Soon, we were at Cool Springs, where we relaxed with a cold Coke and walked around looking at the old farm machinery on display.

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    Inside, I saw this book for sale. Lots of riders dream and talk of riding their bikes to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Alaska</st1:State></st1:place>, but THIS would be an adventure to talk about!!!


    After Cool Springs, Michael & I headed north through Rowlesburg on CR 51 (<st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Salt Lick Road</st1:address></st1:Street>) to Terra Alta. After looking around town a little, we headed west on Rt 7 to Kingwood for lunch, then back to <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Clarksburg</st1:place></st1:City>.


    I hope you enjoyed this short tour of Tucker, Preston, & <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Grant</st1:placeName> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Counties</st1:placeName></st1:place>.


    For more, please visit: www.RidingWV.com





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  3. Riff

    Riff Been here awhile

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    PNOMAN :clap :clap :clap Very nice! This are some of my favorite travels. ADVWolf, and WVHillbilly call this area home. Great pics looking for more .... Please!?
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  4. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    Yup, rode right by my house. How was Salt Lick Rd?
    I was on it this spring and it was horrible.
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  5. pnoman

    pnoman Just Average

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    Salt Lick Rd was pretty uneventful. Nice backroad. OK pavement with a few teeth-jarring potholes when you least expect it. :lol3

    Sorry we passed you by without hollerin'.
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  6. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    Ya missed the Aurora Pike, goes from Terra Alta to Rt 50. Then follow it onto Stemple Ridge and into the maze :D
    Roads, roads and more roads.
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  7. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Great pics as always! Thanks for thinking of me :shog
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