WV Stress Free Sunday Loop

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by HBN, Jul 12, 2009.

  1. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

    Jun 3, 2008
    Seat of my Ruckus
    After our failed ride to Hatton Ferry Saturday, I decided I should spend Sunday riding into WV. Went to bed early last night and awoke Sunday at 5:15. I went for a couple mile run and had brekfast and a shower all before 6:30. Then I farted around the house for a bit with odds and ends, packed up some gear and I was ready to go.

    Route Map

    Leaving Home:
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    I repeated the mantra "The bike and I are one" for about 15 minutes straight as I warmed up and got comfortable and in the correct mindset for an entire day of riding great roads. All too often, I find myself wanting to pass a car or get on it hard after a nice turn...not today. Just needed to center myself and pay attention to quality techniques to maintain good riding and represent positively for motorcyclists as a whole.

    My route was all in my head. I had the GPS but did not use it once all day:D I rode down 42, fueled up in Churchville and set out west on 250.
    Stopped for a brief earplug adjustment:ear - hate the unbalanced/unsealed plug. Snapped this shot as I realized I was sitting on a pretty cool typical Rt.250 corner near the Confederate Breastworks.
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    Grabbed some snacks/lunch at the Family Dollar in Monterrey, VA then turned south on 220. I hung a right onto 84 toward Frost, WV. Went through the gap in the mountainside and eventually came across some color-matching flowers.
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    Ninja Skillz
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    Rode down to 39 and swung into Marlinton, WV. Here is a snapshot of the burned train depot. Vandals a few years ago I believe - too sad:bluduh
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    Hung a right on 219N.

    The rest of the Gnome is burried - all you can see is his hat:
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    (I LOVE gnomes:norton )

    Saw signs for the Highland Scenic Highway so decided to check it out.
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    Giggidy Giggidy:wink:
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    (notice the cruiser in the turn)

    Then the sky started to look like this:
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    So I turned around and headed back to 219. The Highland Scenic Highway will have to wait for another adventure. Back to the road.

    Couldn't help but stop at this small covered bridge. No historical importance but neat nonetheless.
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    They had some pics of its construction on the interior walls.
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    This country store is across the street
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    As well as this bear - thankfully the only one I saw all day.
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    It was around 12:30 and I was getting hungry. I pulled off 219 and had a nice lunch on the Tygart Valley River.
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    Continuing on, I passed through Beverly then saw signs for the Civil War Battle of Rich Mountain. I had read about it in the past - I figured if I was this close, I might as well check it out. This turned into the "Battle of R11 and Rich Mtn" as the road was a rutted gravel two lane with plenty of loose crap and a straight drop on the downhill side:bluduh I continued on and began to wonder if I had missed the turn. WTF? Then as I was preparing to turn around, I went through one more hairpin, dirt, washed out corner and saw a sign for the Battlefield>THIS WAY. Alright - I came this far...

    Phew - finally at the top of the pass.
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    Very glad I made it up there. Very neat self guided tour around each of the sign boards. I love tangible history.
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    Site of the old Hart house.
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    The original stable foundation still existed as well.

    Now this is something I most certainly did not expect to see. It gave me an eerie feeling standing at this spot and reading this inscription in the rock.
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    My picture:
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    Another inscription which is all but illegible now.
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    And just because I'm relaxing and taking my sweet ass time, I stopped to smell the flowers. These didn't really smell though.
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    The ride down the mountain was interesting but I kept it upright despite the maniac dust cloud bronco's that kept flying by me taking up the whole road. Damn loose gravel shoulder:eek1

    I eventually made it back to 219 and continued north through Elkins. About 10 mi outside of Elkins, 219 turns from WV-style four lane, back to its old two lane route. We could start a new thread for all the unfinished WV highways (such as 55 and some others)FINISH YO DAMN ROADS!
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    THIS is why I wear a full face helmet! Felt bad for the bugger as he was still alive as I plucked him outta there. Didn't make it.
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    I had seen this building in Google Images but never in person. The architecture is interesting and totally fits with the town of Parsons.
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    This senior gentleman was walking around the town - I saw him three seperate times as I was tooling about taking pics, filling up gas (with a damn slow pump - took me almost 5 min to add 3 gal!)
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    The final time I saw him, I was riding out of town and he was being passed by two teens on skateboards. Talk about old meets new. "I'll teach you young whippersnappers!":gerg

    Squids need food too ya know...
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    (may check this out next time I'm in Parsons. Could add it to the Good Eats thread)

    Overlooking west on 219 just before the Wind Turbines.
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    Last time Pomo, FOXedupONE and I came through here, it was so foggy, I didn't even see the turbine. Made sure I'd get my shot this time!
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    Continued on down 219 into Thomas.

    Dog Days
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    (actually it was 75 degrees and beautiful but I digress)

    Made an obligatory stop at the Purple Fiddle.
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    This shot is for vatrader01 and gimmeslack:deal
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    (last time they gave me crap for parking alongside the curb)

    Mountain State Brewery IPA was delicious. Nursed it for about an hour just reading magazines and looking out the window at passing cruisers.
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    Then this guy showed up (he lived up the hill) and I couldn't help but go out and chat with him. Too cool..too dangerous! :yikes
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    None of my videos of him riding around on two wheels came out - but he was insane on that thing. You'd never catch me on one of those! He came in and sat down with me. Chatted about bikes and whatnot then he peaced out riding a wheelie down the road:nono

    After walking around a bit, I set out for Blackwater Falls. An elderly couple was nice enough to snap this picture of me.
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    Went back up Blackwater Rd and stopped for a beer from the Blackwater Brewing Company. I wanted a six pack to go but they only had 1 liter bottles:rolleyes Fine...
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    Then she told me the total was $15:yikes I'm going to enjoy this one with some fellow Shen Valley Cat Herders this week so at least I get my money worth:bluduh

    Had a chat with the bad ass harley riders and their wives. They lived in Boone(?) County in the tip of the WV Panhandle. The Harley parked next to me was an 06 with 8'470mi. He couldn't believe I had already run ~200mi that AM:evil
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    After loading my pricey brew into a bag then into my case, I set off for Seneca Rocks. Here is the view on Allegheny Mtn. I always wiz by and forget to stop for pics - today is my chill loop so I figured what the hey'!
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    And the divide shot:
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    Uneventful trip down to Seneca Rocks. Parked at the Gendarme as Gimmeslack suggests for less chance of moto gear theft. Changed into some trail shoes and off I went.

    I decided that I would time myself to see how long I could get up and down.

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    I ran the entire way up (except for two steep sections where I needed a breather)
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    Spooked this winged fella when I got to the top:
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    Had a moment of peace and a snack
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    Then ran on down. I passed folks twice, once on the way up, once on the way down:augie

    And Stop:
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    That is start to finish with a snack break in less than an hour. I'll have to beat that next time for sure :nod

    So I changed socks and shirt in the parking lot, suited up in my stich and set out for the Spruce Knob. A while back in Thomas I was considering riding straight home but what WV loop would be complete without visiting Seneca Rocks?...not to mention Spruce Knob was on the way...

    Here I go up to Spruce Knob
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    Up at the top:
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    Dinner was a cucumber fresh from my boss' garden and an organic carrot
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    Took a nice short walk and enjoyed the 65 degrees temp and wind.
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    Then I got a little chilly and closed the vents on my stich. All better:D
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    When I turned the corner and saw this - I stopped in my tracks. Beautiful!
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    Quick ride back 33 through Franklin. Snapped this shot on the WV/VA Border
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    And this one at Harper's Country Store on Rt 33 just outside Dale Enterprise
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    And then back where I started. Ahhh Home Sweet Home!
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    Hope you enjoyed the RR - I had a GREAT day and fit in a number of places I had on a list but had not planned to see. Next time I'm going for a 50min Seneca Rocks Run:norton
  2. JayElDee

    JayElDee not saying what I mean Supporter

    May 2, 2007
    The City that Care Forgot
    very nice, thanks

  3. intothenew

    intothenew Briar Patch Navigator

    Jul 19, 2007
    Almost Heaven
    Too often we go too hard. That was nice.:thumbup
  4. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

    Jun 3, 2008
    Seat of my Ruckus
    Glad you enjoyed it.

    The view South from Spruce Knob's Whispering Pine Trail
  5. Sourjon

    Sourjon TAT'erd

    Nov 13, 2008
    Louisville, KY
    We were also there this past week doing some dual sport stuff. We were at the Canaan Village Inn south of Davis and Thursday had lunch at Yokums which you can see in the pic below. I'd never been in that part of WV before and I loved it.


  6. tommyhof

    tommyhof Been here awhile

    Jan 4, 2008
    Virginia Beach, Va
    really nice ride report, keep 'em coming. I think a brewery tour would be cool.
  7. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

    Jul 17, 2005
    Clearwater, FL USA
    nice pictures... and i appreciate the words behind them, as well
    glad you had a wonderful day

    thanks for sharing it with us
  8. Garry

    Garry Bleeds Orange...

    May 2, 2005
    Murrysville, PA
    Very nice ride report. Like you, some days I just take my time and shoot lots of photos I normally wouldn't stop for when leading a group. I've been to the top of Seneca Rocks (both summits) many times, but went up the hard way: climbing!
  9. BLUEThunder

    BLUEThunder Ride on!

    Jan 19, 2008
    Shenandoah Valley, VA
    Very good trip report there Ninger! :clap Looks like a great day you had. You passed through some of my favorite places. I love the Davis/Thomas area. Have spent a lot of time there due to work.

    I would love to have done that relaxed paced ride with ya on the Strom...but I guess then it would not have been relaxing huh? When someone else is along you just can't "relax" as much for worrying about what the other person wants to do. Sometime solo is the only relaxing way. Glad you had a good time. I don't think I could have kept up with you on the Seneca run either. I have done it pretty fast before, as I had someone waiting on me at the bottom. However, I know it wasn't that fast.

    Great photography too! :D What kind of camera are you using? I love the depth of field in some of the shots. Good perspectives in a lot of them too.

    Great job! Great day! Cath and I had a nice tag ride last evening. Very pretty day.
  10. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

    Jun 3, 2008
    Seat of my Ruckus
    Just a point and shoot Kodak Easyshare (M893IS). I may get a DSLR next year.
  11. BLUEThunder

    BLUEThunder Ride on!

    Jan 19, 2008
    Shenandoah Valley, VA
    Well, that is very good work. Today's point and shoots do VERY well. I have one that I am very pleased with. It's a Canon. It is phenominal for a little cam.

    I also have a DSLR that I love....I am just much more cautious about taking it on the bike. It usually only goes on the big trips, safely packed in the panniers. It comes out when I get to the main events....ie. VIR

    I still carry the point and shoot in the tank bag, even when I have the big gun. It just does such good work.

    But, half of the battle is simply being able to compose the pictures in your mind. You do a great job at that. Seems you have the "eye" for it. The camera has the easy part.

    Good work!
  12. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

    Dec 22, 2005
    Tri- Cities TN
    I bet on your early school reportcards it said, "plays well by himself. Able to keep himself entertained without teacher involvement".:1drink
  13. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

    Jun 3, 2008
    Seat of my Ruckus
  14. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

    Dec 22, 2005
    Tri- Cities TN
    Wow, That was close!! That looks to be a terrible design. Does BMW have a recall about that from back when? Worth griefing someone to try to get them to fix it gratis.
  15. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

    Jun 3, 2008
    Seat of my Ruckus
    They had a recall on the front ball joint but not the spring strut mount on the leading link. I read elsewhere that some would seal it to keep moisture out. It looks like they improved the design on the later oilheads.

    Started a Garage Thread for my current learning opportunity...
  16. richro-vs

    richro-vs Rider

    Mar 4, 2005
    SW PA
    I love the Purple Fiddle, great ride report. I need to get down that way real soon.
  17. Pomo

    Pomo gonzo

    Apr 14, 2009
    Wherever I go
    Nice ride and RR. :clap

    That's a nice little loop. You really didn't miss much by omitting the other side. It turns from a mountain side road with a view into a tight ride along the ridge surrounded by trees. It also straightens out considerably into several long, boring flat/uphill sections. Would be great for just railing up if there wasn't so much wildlife sprinting across the road from the treeline which is about 3 feet away :eek1 (last time I was there a few weeks back I saw a turkey and some chicks run by). Definitely still beautiful, for a relaxing ride you can't beat it in that area. Maybe next time. :deal