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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by The Opa, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. BluRidgeRider

    BluRidgeRider Long Rider

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    The Charlestown, Shepardstown, Harper’s Ferry area is pretty!



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  2. The Opa

    The Opa experienced

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    Yes, very.

    I intend to go back with more time to explore the history.



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  3. The Opa

    The Opa experienced

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    Screenshot of the ride. The straighter line is the run home. I will try to get those photos up tomorrow.



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  4. The Opa

    The Opa experienced

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    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.





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    Still in PA








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    Should be the Potomac River crossing from MD to VA














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    Next we ran through Loudon Co.










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    Found some nice back roads.












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    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.








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    This was in Culpepper, VA










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    Out of the zone of destruction












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    Nice house












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    The James River










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    Buckingham Branch RR, Dillwyn, VA. Historic RR.













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    It's the former Chesapeake & Ohio station











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  5. The Opa

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    So the last stop for tourist business was Appomattox Courthouse.

    Couldn't spend enough time to get all the info.








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    General store












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    The court house, which is now park headquarters/museum










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    Don't know the story on the house, but there is a period costumed narrator speaking to the group on the porch.










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    Another period costumed narrator. Think I'll get back up here one day to listen to the stories.













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    Looking in the door of the Attorney's Office.











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    Another view of the court house.











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    The McLean House, where Lee met Grant. The house was dismantled, taken to DC to be rebuilt, returned to this location and then rebuilt.













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    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.











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    The 'Warm Room' in the lower level. Keeping vittles warm without burning the house down.











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    Dining room across the hall









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    Peaceful now.















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    Time to go












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  6. Shaggie

    Shaggie Unseen University

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    Great stuff Loren!!
  7. B10Dave

    B10Dave Long timer

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    Nice pics Loren. Thanks for the tour.
  8. The Opa

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    Thanks Shane!

    Thanks Dave!




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  9. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away Super Supporter

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    Riding shots + historical things = Good Stuff. Thanks, Loren
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  10. The Opa

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    Thank you, John!





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  11. The Opa

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    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.



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  12. SOUP

    SOUP Been here awhile

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    Opa I was wondering where you were at.
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  13. The Opa

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    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




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    Brinegar cabin, on the BRP











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  14. The Opa

    The Opa experienced

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    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.






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    A little farther along








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    South of Roanoke there was construction on the BRP. A view from the detour we used









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    A view from the top of Roanoke Mountain, there is a wonderful one way, one lane paved road from the parkway to the parkway








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    Welcome to West Virginia








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    My digs at East Fork campground, Durbin, WV. We ended up with 25 attendees.









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  15. The Opa

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    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



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    Took a 'short' cut between paved streets






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    There were a variety of homes on the gravel road








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    Coming back onto pavement brought this









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    On the way back to camp, St Matthew Lutheran church, dates to the 1750s, this building from 1872










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  16. The Opa

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    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.





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    Tomorrow I ride the train.













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  17. The Opa

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    Actually there was another ride the next day. Couple of nice houses in Monterey, VA





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    Snowy Mountain Rd in WV








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    Going up Spruce Knob, highest point in WV









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    East overlook going up Spruce Knob










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    On the footpath on top of Spruce Knob







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    Starting back down from Spruce Knob. Very shortly we were rain gearing up!









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    After the rain stopped we noticed Jim had an accessory light dangling while on Smokehole Rd (great rd!).









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    Some years ago, Rodney had hiked this multi day trail







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    Scenes on Smokehole








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    Heading back to camp













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  18. The Opa

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    It was a low ceiling getting up today





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    Interior of the ticket office, formerly a hardware store


















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    Exterior view





















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    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.















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  19. The Opa

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    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


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    How 'bout that!






    They are now using a Heisler that also belongs to the parent company, Cass.








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    Also gear driven, top speed maybe 20 mph. Not on these tracks.













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    All aboard.......!
















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    There were about 15 passengers when I went.





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    The engine was completed in 1929. This troop car dates from WW I. The engine is the newest rolling stock on this line.












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    Train goes backwards to the end of the line, then frontwards home.


















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    I really took too many shot on the train......






















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  20. The Opa

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    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.

















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    This house is inhabited by a woman who uses that lawn tractor to get her shopping from the crossing to the house















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    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........)














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    Some shots while we were at the end of the line.














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    The crankshaft runs the length of the engine. The gears on the Heisler are enclosed, whereas on the Shay at Cass, they are open.






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    In the cab








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    Heading home












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