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

  1. The Opa

    The Opa experienced

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    Cafe owner is (was?) a Studebaker guy. Few years back he had a barn fire which destroyed several of them. He probably figured the cost to make it roadworthy (Isetta) was too much. It's been up there a loooong time.


    Oh, and congratulations on the BSA! For those who missed it, Dave's new ride




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  2. The Opa

    The Opa experienced

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    Last week @augiedog and I did 3 days (Wednesday - Friday) to West Virginia. The idea was to stay 2 nights at the same motel with one day up then one day back. The idea got changed up when we were unable to stay two nights due to the National TrailFest going on in the area.

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    Start with breakfast in Lattimore, NC








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    This train crossing is at Penland, NC, site of a historic post office.








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    Then up NC 226 over Roan Mountain









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    Hanging cloud on the mountain









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  3. The Opa

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    Some views on top of Roan Mtn






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    Breaking out into blue skies in Tennessee







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    On toward the town of Roan Mtn, TN








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    Riding a stretch of the old Tweetsie RR bed (East Tennessee & Western NC RR, not the theme park)







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    The old home place

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    Near Holt Hollow, VA, VA Rt 80








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    What looks like an old store across from the church








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    Somewhere between the church and here, we crossed into West Virginia








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    The photo does not relate the steepness of this road. The coal truck is on the low side, probably 5th gear, jake brake bellowing, doing exactly what he had to. Got the picture then sacked them both, exactly what we had to. We don't drive trucks any more.......







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    Then to the motel










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    x32792 Cracker American

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    ^^Thanks for sharing. AugieDog looks all wrapped up like it's getting cold.
  5. The Opa

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    It was cool, but quite comfortable.

    If you think he looks bundled up, you should see me......
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  6. The Opa

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    So after spending the night in Justice, WV, having a nice breakfast, we set off to ride. Had meant to visit some of the Hatfield - McCoy sites but with the lack of a room we shortened the loop so as to make it back to an area that we could get a room before it got too late.



    Heading to Gilbert; epicenter of the TrailFest. That's the Guyandotte River



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    In Gilbert, normal population around 450






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    Sample of the horde








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    One of three Hatfield cemeteries we saw today









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    They are pretty busy coal mining these days










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    This Hatfield Cemetery is a little more off the beaten path








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  8. The Opa

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    From the road to the cemetery was up the side of the mountain. On foot.




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    Several veterans in the family. I read somewhere that in the early 20th century a man had a better chance of coming home alive from WWI that the coal mines







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    Note the crosses we saw from the road side






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    About half way between the road and the cemetery. You can barely make out a little color in the middle, the American flag we just saw.









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    About 2 paces away, looking back toward the road









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  9. The Opa

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    More coal mining







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    And a very high overpass on US 52, King Coal Highway







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    In route making I stumbled upon an interesting looking tunnel. Turns out to be rather famous in its own right. The Dingess Tunnel is closed for repairs and repavement. We had a bypass going past the home on top of the tunnel.




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    After not going through the tunnel, but going over an exciting single lane road over the tunnel, we followed 'Old N and W Railroad Bed Road' to Lenore, WV. Almost every bridge in this area is dedicated to a service member, as this one over Laurel Creek at Lenore.






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    Then we stumbled up on an old arch bridge at Delbarton









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    Then on to Matewan, WV, which is surrounded by a flood wall & gates against the Tug Fork. My photo of the historic sign about the 'Matewan Massacre' did not focus properly so here is a Wikipedia about the battle.




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    At the Matewan depot








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    Not the original depot but a faithful reproduction








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    Bridge over Tug Fork into Matewan from the Kentucky side. You can see the flag pole at the depot on the left








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    Tug Fork with the Matewan flood wall





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    I guess you could call Matewan a 'gated community'








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    A group of ATVs/SxS coming off Devil Anse Trail. Trail riders are like pedestrians, having right of way at road crossings








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    At the depot







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    The depot is a museum, here a collection of communication devices









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    Flood photos, three times before they got their flood gates








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    Freight train coming through






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    View of the art work (fresco?) on the flood wall








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    Back on the road, that is another trail crossing at the kiosk








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    Welcome to Gilbert sign. It cycled through messages, Off the Streets by Midnight, Wear Helmets, Welcome







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    They had a mini-bike track, mud bog, and I read a drag strip








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    I think this one was supposed to show the little bit of color in the trees







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    Crossing the Guyandotte on Brier Creek Rd, another great ride!









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    Had to wait on a school bus while behind us a coal train rumbles by








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    What a delightful road!









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    The road changed names a couple of times, Davy Roderfield Rd here, crossed over several railroad tunnels








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    We dropped off into a small community to see a railroad bridge and tunnel








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    How'd you like to have to cross that to get home?









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    The dying (dead?) community of Capels, WV






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    scfrank Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    Had a high side get off at that spot. Someone ( SC DOT) left gravel all across the right lane. Wasn't pretty. Broken shoulder biggest problem. Recovered well.
  16. The Opa

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    Sorry to hear of your injury, glad of your great recovery! Yes, I have seen crap on the road there too.
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  17. B10Dave

    B10Dave Long timer

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    Great Pics Loren. Enjoying this trip with you and Augie.
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    Shaggie Unseen University Supporter

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    Great stuff Loren

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  19. The Opa

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    Then we spent the second night in Marion, VA. A few shots of day 3, Marion to home







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    Visited the Mast General Store, in Valle Crucis, NC








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    Back porch and more history; we didn't walk out there, but we did try out the rockers......









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  20. The Opa

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    Then on down NC 194, a great motorcycle road when traffic is light. Traffic was light.






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    These shots were after we got out of the tight twisty stuff






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    You can see where we will soon be on the other side of the valley









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    A little fall color







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    We split up in Newland, NC. This Christmas tree farm a bit south of Newland is where the camera battery died (I failed to charge it during the trip).






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