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.
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.
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!