West Virginia by Motorcycle

Day 1– Rode 50 out of Rowlesburg, WV toward Winchester and 250 to Staunton, VA.

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I was not the navigator, nor the driver–I was a rider.  So, I am not certain this is our exact route, but I think it’s really close.  We met with two other couples at a rendezvous point in West Virginia and parted ways three days later.  What a great time.  I have many things to say about this trip, but first of all, the roads were amazing–with nice sweeping curves.

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We were on our way to Buena Vista, VA, but ended up in Staunton after fighting traffic in the Richmond area for almost an hour.  It was a long day–beginning around 10 and ending around 7.  We stayed at the Sleep Inn in Staunton and it was a nice, dog-friendly hotel (and full of smallish dogs due to a dog show this weekend!)

Day 2– We planned to be “in the saddle” by nine, but all of us were ready long before then. We ate breakfast at the hotel and headed north.  One of the party asked if we’d ever been to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Greenbank, WV, and we had not!  We spent an hour taking the tour, which I considered interesting, fast-paced, and worth six dollars.  I have some of my own pictures I’ll add in a day or so.

Afterward, another treat–we went to the Snowshoe Resort in West Virginia for lunch.  Beautiful sweeping curves again.  Even a sixteen mile stretch of road called “the back of the dragon.”  Schoo and I have run Deal’s Gap (a curvy road in North Carolina) and my opinion is that the roads we did this weekend have a lot of the same fun as the “Tail of the Dragon” (as Deal’s Gap is called) without the crowds.  You should definitely have both of them on your motorcycle riding bucket list.   We stopped in Princeton, WV for the night around 7 p.m. again, this time at the Hampton Inn.  It was $30 less than the night before and maybe a little nicer.  The Texas Steakhouse is in the same parking lot, which made going to dinner really convenient.

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Day 3– On the bike at 8 a.m. this morning!  We took a long tour of southern West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio–also beautiful, nearly empty roads with wide sweeping curves.  We went past an access site for the Appalachian Trail in Fort Royal, WV, and through a lot of Hatfield and McCoys terrain.  Some of the roads that were critical to enjoying this ride are US 52 from Bluefield to Fort Gay, WV; KY 32 to Louisa, KY; KY-7; US 60 into Ashland; OH 14 to Gallipolis; WV-2 into Ripley, WV; and then US-33 to Weston.

Today wasn’t quite as leisurely because we knew we could make it home.  So we grabbed a bite at Burger King and headed north.  Schoo and I were in our house by 9 p.m. eating leftovers.  🙂

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Route 50 in West Virginia is a classic motorcycle road in this region, but we’d never imagined how nice the other two days could be.  Some places were so beautiful, I knew I should get out my phone and take pictures, but I need some kind of strap for that, I think. Enjoy your ride, and let me know if I need to add any good roads to this post!  🙂

Sunday Motorcycle Ride

We rode the BMW to lunch with family Sunday… taking a highway 218 out of West Virginia and then 19 North toward Pittsburgh.  It was a leisurely ride in the sunshine and about 72*.

We see a lot of animals on our rides, like deer, possums, maybe skunks.  Today we were surprised to see a peacock in the road outside of Blacksville, WV.  Traffic was sparse so Schoo easily evaded it and the pea hen that was just off the shoulder.  🙂 Wish I’d taken a picture for you! But just for effect I found this one from http://www.hdnicewallpapers.com

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After lunch we headed home and the temperature had climbed to 86*, a good indicator of the afternoon thunderstorms to come.  We made it home just ahead of the rain but couldn’t have had a better day on the bike.