Motorcycle tour thru Southern WV

Motorcycle tour thru Southern WV

PostBy: Cap On: Sun Oct 03, 2010 8:22 pm

Hello Gang,
I had the opportunity to begin a ride in Staunton, VA last Thurs morning. So I planned a trip to one of our National Parks, New River Gorge in WV. Pulled out of Staunton on Thurs mid day after that storm blew past. I rode across WV through George Washington & Monongahela National Forests. This part of the ride was uneventful as low cloud cover, some fog & some rain continued to hamper my enjoyment of the outdoors.

I made it here by 5p. This is the famous New River Gorge bridge. At one time the largest single span bridge in the world. I believe it still is the longest single span in he western hemisphere.
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The New River Gorge Bridge, US RT 19
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The following morning I stayed in the area, drove many forested roads in the area. This is a really neat area. Coal mining shaped this part of the state. I camped Friday night down in the gorge along the river. Quiet & very dark. And the stars were out in force. It was amazing! I also discoverd the Cardinal Line. Amtrak runs a passenger train 3 days a week starting in NYC, thru Phila, Balt, DC & onto western VA & Southern WV before heading into Cincinatti, Indiana & Chicago. WOW! That would be cool. It runs among the coal trains along the fast running waters of WV.
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Amtrak Cardinal Line at dusk.
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Saturday was the 2nd glorious day in a row, clear & cool in the morning. The roads are fantastic for motorcycling. US RT 19 is loaded with banked twisties perfect for laying the bike low in the corners. This is fun!
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View from National Park Vistor Center
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Cap
 
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Re: Motorcycle tour thru Southern WV

PostBy: Cap On: Sun Oct 03, 2010 8:29 pm

A few more pictures.

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Local Bank in early 1900's, Glen Jean, WV
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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Harman SF 250, domestic hot water loop, heat accumulator

Re: Motorcycle tour thru Southern WV

PostBy: tsb On: Sun Oct 03, 2010 8:56 pm

Great pictures.
I think my MoMo days are over for the year. I wanted to
get another trip up to Cherry Springs, but the weather is
getting a little cold for riding and camping.
tsb
 
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Re: Motorcycle tour thru Southern WV

PostBy: ceccil On: Sun Oct 03, 2010 9:09 pm

Nice pics Cap. I had the pleasure of going white water rafting on the New River about 15yrs ago and went under the bridge. Drove over the bridge the next day heading to visit a friend in Myrtle Beach. The bridge is quite a sight from both on it and under it.

Also went rafting on the Upper Gauley River before that. Used an outfitter called North American River Runners (NARR). Very professional outfitter. Both were day long trips with lunch provided.

Now that I think of it, I think I have a pic from the same outlook where the pic of your bike with the bridge behind was taken.
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Re: Motorcycle tour thru Southern WV

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:03 pm

Outstanding cap--if the old shovelhead didn't beat the hell out of this old frame so badly, I'd be right there with you :)
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Re: Motorcycle tour thru Southern WV

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon Oct 04, 2010 12:02 am

Nice pics!! My favorite state too. And hopefully someday soon, my future home ... :idea:
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Re: Motorcycle tour thru Southern WV

PostBy: WNY On: Mon Oct 04, 2010 6:05 am

Nice!

We are headin to Ashtabula, OH this coming weekend for a Covered Bridge Tour..... :) Should be fun.
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Re: Motorcycle tour thru Southern WV

PostBy: david78 On: Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:39 am

SMITTY wrote:Nice pics!! My favorite state too. And hopefully someday soon, my future home ... :idea:

Come on down, Smitty! There are plenty of worse places to live.
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Re: Motorcycle tour thru Southern WV

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:52 am

:wtf: now you're gonna get him wound up :shh: :blowup:
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