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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by The Opa, Jul 14, 2013.
The Charlestown, Shepardstown, Harper’s Ferry area is pretty!
I intend to go back with more time to explore the history.
Screenshot of the ride. The straighter line is the run home. I will try to get those photos up tomorrow.
We ran pretty hard to get home before all the rains came. I really don't know where most of these are .
Just out of Carlisle, PA.
Still in PA
Should be the Potomac River crossing from MD to VA
Next we ran through Loudon Co.
Found some nice back roads.
Somewhere west of DC. Shortly after this point we found 'Road Closed' signs. There was a good bit of damage in this area from storms, winds, probably tornadoes the previous night.
So we improvised
This was in Culpepper, VA
Out of the zone of destruction
The James River
Buckingham Branch RR, Dillwyn, VA. Historic RR.
It's the former Chesapeake & Ohio station
So the last stop for tourist business was Appomattox Courthouse.
Couldn't spend enough time to get all the info.
The court house, which is now park headquarters/museum
Don't know the story on the house, but there is a period costumed narrator speaking to the group on the porch.
Another period costumed narrator. Think I'll get back up here one day to listen to the stories.
Looking in the door of the Attorney's Office.
Another view of the court house.
The McLean House, where Lee met Grant. The house was dismantled, taken to DC to be rebuilt, returned to this location and then rebuilt.
The room where the meet took place. Furnishings are period correct but not original. The winners took all the furnishings along with them when they left.
The 'Warm Room' in the lower level. Keeping vittles warm without burning the house down.
Dining room across the hall
Time to go
Great stuff Loren!!
Nice pics Loren. Thanks for the tour.
Riding shots + historical things = Good Stuff. Thanks, Loren
Thank you, John!
The Civil War (?) the War Between the States, the War of Northern Aggression; by whatever name.
When I was quite young my mother read all of Bruce Catton's histories of the war. He wrote them in the early '50s, I still remember watching her read them. We visited several Civil War sites while I was still too young to drive.
Still visiting them.
Opa I was wondering where you were at.
My desk top computer is acting up, so I will see if I can use the little travel lap top to post some pictures.
Attended the Hoot in the Holler in Durbin, WV last week. This is a small group of F650.com folks (previously the Chain Gang)
A view from an overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway
On the BRP
Brinegar cabin, on the BRP
I took two days going up, stayed at Willville (Meadows of Dan, VA) where I met another inmate from OH.
From the next day's ride.
On the fly shot, Mabry Mill, just a little way from Willville.
A little farther along
South of Roanoke there was construction on the BRP. A view from the detour we used
A view from the top of Roanoke Mountain, there is a wonderful one way, one lane paved road from the parkway to the parkway
Welcome to West Virginia
My digs at East Fork campground, Durbin, WV. We ended up with 25 attendees.
Next day at the Hoot, I did a solo ride trying to get a country/town name for the Melting Pot GT.
Two views of German Valley
Took a 'short' cut between paved streets
The road was partially washed out
There were a variety of homes on the gravel road
Coming back onto pavement brought this
On the way back to camp, St Matthew Lutheran church, dates to the 1750s, this building from 1872
When I returned to camp it was time for the Durbin Rocket to return from the afternoon ride, so I posed a few with it.
Tomorrow I ride the train.
Actually there was another ride the next day. Couple of nice houses in Monterey, VA
Snowy Mountain Rd in WV
Going up Spruce Knob, highest point in WV
East overlook going up Spruce Knob
On the footpath on top of Spruce Knob
Starting back down from Spruce Knob. Very shortly we were rain gearing up!
After the rain stopped we noticed Jim had an accessory light dangling while on Smokehole Rd (great rd!).
Some years ago, Rodney had hiked this multi day trail
Scenes on Smokehole
Heading back to camp
It was a low ceiling getting up today
Interior of the ticket office, formerly a hardware store
Normal fare for the 2 hour, 5 mile ride is $31, there were savings for old people, and for veterans, veterans paid $27. Later the conductor told me one new RR tie cost $50.
4 years ago when I was here they had a Climax locomotive, but it had been terminally damaged by a hot shot engineer. They were using a small diesel, so I did not ride then.
Let's see if this Wikipedia shot works of a Climax
How 'bout that!
They are now using a Heisler that also belongs to the parent company, Cass.
Also gear driven, top speed maybe 20 mph. Not on these tracks.
There were about 15 passengers when I went.
In the caboose
The engine was completed in 1929. This troop car dates from WW I. The engine is the newest rolling stock on this line.
Train goes backwards to the end of the line, then frontwards home.
I really took too many shot on the train......
One room school house in what used to be (in the heyday of the lumber business here) one of three towns in the 5 miles.
This house is inhabited by a woman who uses that lawn tractor to get her shopping from the crossing to the house
The end of the line. There are 2 of these cabooses, set up as campers, that can be rented for vacation purposes. Our crew had to make their refrigerator work while we were here (pilot light went out........)
Some shots while we were at the end of the line.
The crankshaft runs the length of the engine. The gears on the Heisler are enclosed, whereas on the Shay at Cass, they are open.
In the cab
Just noticed I left something out.