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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by steveb126, Jun 3, 2012.
Headed into Mt Jewett to go check out the Kinzua Bridge.
Rode around the Allegheny Reservoir. Good Forestry Roads and scenic views.
Broke camp and headed over to the Austin Dam. They had a fund raising event "The Dam Show" that was breaking up Sunday morn. Looked like quite the Party.
This little town probably could have hosted the "event".
Short non epic weekend, but fun and a little adventurous.
Down the road a piece to Monongahela National Forest WV
Highland Scenic Highway
Williams River Area off the HSH over onto the Forest Roads was a nice way to spend the Afternoon.
The night before setting up camp I went up Bear Run, there are miles and miles of great gravel forest and county roads where I almost tried to get lost.
This is a replica of the historic buildings in Huntersville WV. .After riding the Highland Scenic Highway Area Saturday Morning I explored the County Roads around Huntersville, Hillsboro and back up into Richwood. Almost ran out of gas and didn't get back to camp till after dark.
Packed up and was out the gate by 8. Really enjoyed the weather this trip and stayed off the slab/asphalt for the most part and found a bunch of WV one and a half lane gravel and blacktop.
This is a marker commemorating the first commercial oil well in the US. It's located right on 47.
There are some great WV adventure riding between this spot and Petroleum,WV and Volcano,WV
North of Volcano there is Mountwood State Park just off US50. There is a WW2 submarine memorial located there.
I thought what an odd area for a sub memorial. There was a town named Cisco on 47 when I was criss crossing county roads and I could not google fu anything on a connection between the town and the sub mentioned on the plaque ???
Again a non epic leisurely paced great weather not too adventurous ADV weekend for me.
Here is a my route notes for the little county roads.
Just getting around to post up my trip from last fall. 10-20-13
Rode the Snake and bought the T shirt of course.
More pics of the BRP
Lake Logan Episcopal Retreat Center
Bruced on the tag back home in Ohio, Stairway to Heaven
Jolo,WV is where a snake handling church is/was, my friend growing up in southern WV, wanted to sell them snakes one summer(1977), he said they paid $10 for copperheads and $20 for rattlesnakes. We used to ride dirt bikes in that area, now part of Hatfield/McCoy trail system, my good friend is bummed about all the people on the road and them wanting him to pay to ride on his home turf. Thanks for sharing photos of places I stomped around growing up, coal was king, everyone had money, leave a job at one mine and be working the next day, it's sad to ride thru towns that are shadows of what they used to be.
Mom and her 5 siblings were born in a company house in McDowell County.
A Pastor died a couple years ago after being bit, as did his father before him.
The Churches right up the hill from the PO are featured on a Discovery Channel show about it.
Seneca Rocks Area in the Monogahela has been my go to spot this past summer. These are from a trip back in August
Same destination a month later 9-14-14
And yet another trip 10 days later with the Lovely Lady.Thgis turns out to be our last trip on the Wingabago, just sold it last week. The ol gal had 97k miles on her.
Lots of cool pics!
How come you sold the Wingabego? Are you replacing it with a newer model?
We bought a Miata.
I still have the CRF250L. The Wee will be gone soon too, an inmate has sent me a deposit for a fly-n-ride. That was the 7th Wing I've owned. We just don't enjoy the 2 up trips as much as we used to. I will probably replace the Wee this winter.
I bought a leftover 2013 Wee last October from my local dealer All Seasons in Wooster. Decided to not do the hard luggage on the new bike after realizing most of my riding on the 2011 Wee was sans luggage.
Broke my ferry cherry ...wait that doesn't sound right.
Turns out the first mate had worked right around the corner from me at Gerstenslager a body stamping plant with a long interesting history.
Meandered down Rt 18 and zigzagged my way to New River Gorge Bridge.
Further south there is some free camping along the New River in Prince,WV.
I wanted to see the town of Thurmond, it was used as the stand in town for the movie "Matewan" about the formative years of the UMW. I can see why it was chosen, it was place frozen in time. There is an easy way to get there but since I was on an adventure I decided to take some WV back way round the mountain across the gravel portion of route 25 Prince/McKendree Rd. to Thurmond and back out Beury Mountain Rd. Moderately difficult route for my skill set, especially the section from Prince down to Thurmond. It took me over 3 hours to travel 40 miles, including stops at Stone Cliff and Thurmond. It was worth it, stone cliffs on one side and drop offs to the river on the other side, waterfalls, couple chain washer mud holes, deer, turkey and I didn't see a moving vehicle the entire morning.