So the Jim Thorpe ADV Riders decided to take a little 3-day weekend trip down to Snowshoe, WV and stay on "Top of the World". The idea was to head out on September 29 early and take the day getting down there. Then we'd ride all over the area on Saturday the 30th before departing back to the PA area on Sunday 10/1. So I met up with my buddy Nightstalker at a Wawa to head down towards Enola, PA where we'd meet up with the rest of the crew. Nightstalker on his KTM 950 Adventure with my GS in the foreground. We met up with another rider on his FZR and headed out to Enola. The plan was to meet at the McDonald's in Enola by 9:00 AM and get started on the trip to Snowshoe. The crew was assembling, albeit slowly. There was an accident back up on I-78 which delayed the last two guys until just past 10:00 AM! :eek1 Anyway, here we have Amy, Nightstalker, BobC, Uncle Robert, and Mitch waiting in the sunshine in McDonald's parking lot for MotoMike, Rodney and JTDave. So we finally get on the road and we stop at a BP in the middle of nowhere for some gas and a rest stop. All in all we've done probably 160 miles total so far. There was a nice assortment of bikes. 4 KTMs, 2 BMWs, 1 Yamaha, 1 Tiger and 1 Hog. Already in Snowshoe were 2 more BMWs and a Honda Goldwing. This is also about the time our resident photo expert, Nightstalker, found out his camera was dead. There'd be no action shots from his unique perspective on this trip. I was using my digital rebel which isn't very small so I wasn't going to be taking too many riding shots either. What can you do? While we were here, two guys on BMW K-bikes showed up. They were held up in the same mess as MotoMike back on I-78. Having fueled up our bikes and our stomachs the plan was to go another 50-60 miles before finding lunch. Riiiiiiight. We wound up doing quite a few more miles than that...we also made a stop at Seneca Rocks. What an awesome sight that is... MotoMike had some binoculars and claimed to be able to see some folks scaling the rocks but no one else was able to spot the climbers. We think it has to do with the hallucinogenics Mike used to hit when he was on tour back in the 70's and 80's. There was a little bridge leading to a small trail head. This is a view from the bridge. It was very beutiful down there. Here's a shot at the bridge leading from the visitors center over to the base of the mountain. The guys went back the trailhead. I didn't head in after them as I didn't want any head-ons coming back out. So I sat with Amy on her HD and grabbed a few photos. Everyone out of the trail it was time for lunch and a stop at Spruce Knob (I think). That's the highest point in the entire state of WV. This is just a stop on the gravel road heading to the top of the peak. The views were just awesome. There's nothing more I can add to them. Just absolutely awesome. Same farm, longer lens... Nightstalker posing for the camera...did I mention the view? Here's the group, with Amy camera hogging... She did a heck of a job on the gravel with her HD. If she wouldn't have pushed on those roads, we wouldn't have made the summit. Thanks, Amy! Here's the ride leader (at least for Friday)...JT Dave. Your truly at the summit... Here's a better look at the sign. With that, it was back down the mountain dodging raindrops. We hit a fuelling stop and then onto Snowshoe, WV! There was an overlook by where we had to check-in to the Summit condos. Nightstalker again...yes it was getting quite cold. JT Dave... With those clouds moving in, we decided to check-in and get our gear inside before the rains came. That's it for day 1. We had a good time heading to dinner and drinking. Some of the other guys (and girl) took some pics of the nightlife. Hopefully they'll chime in here and supplement my photos with their collections. Day 2 coming up!