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2days VA-WV Fall scenic/twisty road, ride report 10-20-11

Ride summary.

Highlight of this trip:
- Smith Mt Lake VA(Route 626)
- Lovers Leap(Route58) vista
- Marion VA to War WV(Route 16) roller-coaster road
- Lewisburg WV to Canaan Highlands of WV(Rt 219/33/32)


10/20 Day 1 - Springfield PA to Hillsville VA
I76 W PA, I81 S Ridin the slab on a(very cold/windy) day was ugly.
Route 43 Buchanan VA, "RV not recommended" road sign"
Route 626 VA(Smith Mt Lake)
Route 608 VA
Route 648 VA(mini tail of the dragon), VA's best kept secret
Route 8 VA knee draggin(freshly paved) not to be missed twisty road
Route 58 VA BRP to Hillsville(combination of scenic/twisty & fast sweepers)

10/21 Day 2 - Hillsville VA to Marlinton WV
Route 58/221 VA,
Route 16 Marion VA to War WV, this is a technical road, "woo-hoo!:)... what a roller-coaster road!", watch-out for coal trucks on blind corners, know your limit - i think you'll survive.
Route 52/19 WV twisty roads
Route 219 Lewisburg to Marlinton WV, scenic , sweepers + twisty roads

10/22 Day 3 - Marlinton WV - Home
Route 219, 8am the temp was 38F, the faster you go the colder it gets, the higher the elevation the colder it gets, can't win.
Route 33, very scenic high elevation road + twisties
Route 32 Canaan(Highlands of WV), it feels like 25F at 3,700+ feet elevation, my native Filipino Islander blood:D is no match to this cold weather. They had 4" of snow here 3wks ago.
Route 93 WV
Route 220 MD/Bedford PA
I 76 East

No deer strike
No dropped bike
No dropped helmet
No LEO performance award
Got lost 6 times:D, on VA Rt's; 626, 40, 608, 602, 648(Co route # sign is only 2 inches), 16(Tazwell).
No cell tower(AT&T):mad: @ Marlinton Motor Inn(Rt 219 WV)
IMHO VA has better roads than PA

WV Events we missed:
http://www.officialbridgeday.com/base-jumping
http://www.pccocwv.com/roadkill_cookoff_and_festival.html

Total GPS miles: 1,266 miles
Highest elevation: 3,745 Feet , Somewhere in Canaan WV
Back home 10/22 5:30pm

Clicky here for pics, enjoy!
https://picasaweb.google.com/goddard221/VAWVFallScenicTwistyRoadRide102011#
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Previous rides:
75' Honda CB360, traded
75' AMF Harley Sportster 1000, crashed-totalled
76' AMF Harley Superglide 1200, crashed/repaired & sold
00' BMW R1100R traded

Current ride:
05' FJR1300, Mighty-trusty, canyon carver bike
10' GL1800 Audio/Comfort (she's a garage queen)

jdgw_wannabe
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Thanks for the pics...I love following your rides:)
 

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All great roads I have traveled, except without your company. Considering you travel smack in the middle of my work week, it is not surprising that we never met.
 

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Thanks for the ride report and great pictures.

You were moving doing 1200+ miles in two days and stopping for the sightseeing too! Not much wasted time I am sure.

I need to get out to the east coast to finish filling in my map of the lower 48.
 

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Dam, and here i sit going on 150 milers, putt putt. I am envious! Enjoy!
 

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Nice pics and great log. Thanks for posting! I never got to enjoy the fall colours like I did last year, so I live vicariously through reports like yours this year.
 
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