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MADSTROM 05-31-2010 06:10 PM

Hey HBurg!

Was that you standing on the pegs and saluting as you went by me on Rte 39 yesterday? You were heading west about 3 miles out of Lexington with a pack trying to follow you. All I saw was a dark blue V Strom and a skinny kid in a red one piece Aerostich standing on the pegs and saluting as he went by. I figured it must have been you. I was headed home from the CASS 2010 Rally. :ricky :ricky :ricky

HBN 05-31-2010 06:18 PM

Sir yes sir :devildog. Moving a little quick at times :augie
I was leading a group from the Memorial Day Campout out 39 then up 220 to Movers Gap to 33. Great ride and good bunch of folks. Man its a small world :webers

Hope the Cass Rally was fun. I love exploring the old abandoned trains just in town :nod. Hope to make it one day.

MADSTROM 05-31-2010 06:33 PM


Originally Posted by HBurgNinja
Sir yes sir :devildog. Moving a little quick at times :augie
I was leading a group from the Memorial Day Campout out 39 then up 220 to Movers Gap to 33. Great ride and good bunch of folks. Man its a small world :webers

Hope the Cass Rally was fun. I love exploring the old abandoned trains just in town :nod. Hope to make it one day.

That was a pretty quick and snappy salute. I don't think I could stand up that fast :gerg . Did you recognize me that quick? The rally was great. I camped/rode with several people I've known for years. And, as you know the riding is great over there. I took the long way back. 28/250/640/84/92/39/11/56/60/13. Lots of twisties :ricky :ricky :ricky . I would have taken the short cut through Brownsburg but the gas gauge was blinking at me on the LAST bar. Did you meet a convoy of 3 wheelers a few mile behind me?

HBN 05-31-2010 06:42 PM


I believe we passed a few :dunno so many bikes out this little gear

Look forward to riding with you in the future! :wave

HBN 06-13-2010 06:22 PM

I think I may use this thread to post my 6-700 mi weekend camping rides...what say Ye?

Scotty P 06-13-2010 06:41 PM

go for it!

Gimmeslack 06-13-2010 06:56 PM


HBN 06-13-2010 07:51 PM

Riding WV: Saturday June 12, 2010
Every weekend since May 22, I have been camping off my VStrom 650. We get around...

This weekend, RFlagg42 (Eric) and his buddy Gale were heading into WV for a ride and invited me along. Now I had just clocked 600mi in WV last weekend with some of the WV Tag-O-Rama folks but told him I was game. I love the Mountain State...

They spent the night at the Fox's Motel in Brandywine and wanted to get an early start. Meeting time was 7:00 there, so I had to be up bright and early to hit 33 over Great North Mountain.

First thing's first, my routine daily breakfast: (Just noticed the smiley face)

Then some twisties on 33 :ricky

I neglected to take a shot of us meeting in Brandywine but there was not much to see there except some map glances then they just defaulted to having me be their WV Tour Guide...a role I happily accepted.

First destination...Germany Valley Overlook on Rt 33 between Franklin and Judy Gap. What a view at 7:30AM :nod

Then on to Spruce Knob, Gale had never been and Eric had never actually seen the view on account of fog during LF.

Making our way up, this is the first pull off you come to. I stand in the same spot for all these pics (I have about 5-6 of these pull offs and destinations but keep taking shots everytime anyway :dunno )

Hooray! It is clear, cool, and we have it ALL TO OURSELVES! ADV On top of the world (being WV)!!!

View from the observation tower:

From here, we dropped down west on the backside, past Spruce Knob Lake and on up Gandy Creek toward Whitmer. The roadside dispersed area campers were just stirring their fires to life. The scent of woodsmoke and cinnamon rolls baked in a Dutch Oven occasionally wafted through my open face shield vent. We all slowed and offered gregarious waves to the skilled anglers in the creek. At one point, we came across a group of 5 or more equestrians. We stopped and allowed them to exit the road down to the creek for a drink. I neglected to take any pictures (I know...I know!) so the description will have to do.

Eric had about 60 mi of gas left in his tank so, with that in mind, we set off toward Thomas/Davis area. We rode up through Harman turning left on WV28 then continuing for about 10mi till WV72(awesome road :super) I always like to drop down to the Cheat River by way of River Rd. Excellent views and a nice leisurely pace affords many photo ops when alone.

And of course, what would an HBN RR be without...tada!

Slithered our way up River Rd then back on 72 into Hendricks and Hambleton. We turned right onto 219N in the direction of Thmoas (and gas for Eric) Then, we came upon an unexpected solar storm that wreaked havoc on our bikes and camera equipment :eek1
(Just kidding)

Rode past the Purple Fiddle but alas, the long-haired earth people had yet to burn one down, the open sign was dark :cry Onward to GAS!

Then over to Blackwater Falls State Park. A first visit for Gale.

We left the park around 11:30 and had lunch on our minds. "I know just the place" I said. I forgot just how far it actually was to Rella's Roadside Cafe in Hacker Valley :tb

Route: 219>33>20(Buchannon)>Hacker Valley

After finally getting past the noxious semi we followed for 15mi, the skies opened up. I immediately made the first turn and look what I found? Dumb luck :thumb

The rain fell for a good 15 minutes then let up :clap I donned my rain gear in hopes that it would ward off the precip. Well from here, I forgot just how far it actually was to Rella's. Quite a ways - sorry boys! Oh is always worth the wait! :deal

The one and only:

She remembered me from last weekend. "You come back to get some meat on them bones?" she remarked. We all had burgers. Very good.

We had a wonderful chat with Rella and Jeaneace, her daughter. Gale started getting nosey and stumbled across her fire arms collection. She showed him her 22-Jet (I additedly know little about guns but this was a rarer item no longer in production)
How cool is that? She keeps it next to her shotgun. That's one mean cook and one cool hunter. She apparently belongs to a hunt club; I'll let your imagination run wild with that one :D

"Now I know you boys saved room for dessert"
I had the Graham Cracker Pie, Eric the Fudge Cake with Ice Cream and gale had the Blackberry Cobler. All were TO DIE FOR.

I should recount, when we pulled in to eat, it was sunny with blue skies. We were there stuffing ourselves so long the heavens opened up and man did it ever pour!

So we stayed here and chatted with them. Total time @ Rella's 2:20 :rofl

Eventually, we had to get back to riding...the rain was not going to stop...

Back up 20 and then hung a left on Replete Rd. Here is the view from the Gazebo onto the community of Wheeler. I love the way the clouds just hang in the hills, a true WV scene.

Next, we scooted up to Hanging Rock on Replete/Pugh Rd. Always a must-see destination when in the area:

From here, we followed the road to its end at Rt. 15 (I think?) then turned toward Webster Springs. Here, we decided to split paths. They opted for the Motel nearby and a case of beer. I opted for more :ricky

See ya guys! :wave Great riding today

Have tent...will travel. No particular place to go...just need a spot to set up for the night. I left Webster Springs at 6:30 and hauled ass up 15 in the fog (danger! danger!), dodged deer and eventually made it to my general evening's destination:

Shortly after this photo was taken, it began to pour and then fog came in reducing visibility to 20 feet at most. Difficult conditions. I took a couple side dirt roads to find a campsite but no luck. Each wound up at private property or gates. Damn. At this point, it is already 8:00 but I continue on. It is getting dark so I resolve to pry open my wallet and take a "Pay" site at Tea Creek Campground. I get there around 8:30 and it is full of RV's, kids on bicycles, and everything I hate about campgrounds. Blech, I leave in search of ANYTHING less commercial. On down to Day Run Campground around 9:00. It is pretty dark and I am happy I mounted the driving lights on my forks. I decide I will camp here for the night for $8...Dismount, take off my helmet and begin to unpack my tent and rain fly. I remove my ear plugs and immediately am acoustically assaulted by the annoying hum of multiple generators from the RV's scattered around camp. OH HELL NO! Not after this long day. Though I have been riding since 6:00AM, I repack my tent and gear, put back on my gear, and set off to...ughhh I don't know...anywhere but here :deal

I ride down 17 in the National Forest till I reach the "Leaving Forest" sign. Damn. I didn't see anything open along the way other than more RV campsites at the William's River Camping areas ($5). Just then, I notice this beautifully cleared field and camp fire ring to the side of the road...:scratch whats this? There is a gate which reads "Public Use Welcome. No Motor Vehicle Access". The large field curves around beside the road but has a dense hedgerow and woods that shields it from the main road...yeah, this will be camp for the night. I disobey the signs and ride the strom through a break in the wood stanchions. I'm IN. I position the bike so it is narrow while riding down the road then cover it in my rain fly and camo poncho.

Then proceed to set up my stealth camp. PRICE: $Free.99 :thumb

After I get situated, I crack open a Tap Room #21 IPA and munch on some trail mix. The field is aglow with thousands of brilliantly blinking of fire flys. I sit here for some time drinking, reflecting on the day's ride, thinking about mating lightning bugs and finally, where I should ride tomorrow...then it begins to sprinkle, gets harder, then thunder and lightning. Time for sleep. :snore

Part 2: Sunday is coming

FOXedupONE 06-13-2010 08:07 PM

A where in the world is HBN this weekend thread? Great, thanks Madstrom...:lol3

Not enough flower pictures in here though.:wink:

HBN 06-13-2010 08:37 PM

WV Ride: Sunday June 13, 2010
I awoke at 5:00 and promptly rolled up my sleeping gear, packed my clothes, loaded the bike and broke camp. By 5:45, I was riding down the narrow back road up to the Highland Scenic Highway.

Quick Snapshot of the Williams River in the morning light.

I always liked Geology so I stopped over at Honeycomb Rocks. A must-see if you are on the highway. A couple local drunks recommended it to me in the past...but thats another story.
It was too dark so I set the camera to negative and this is what I got :dunno

The Highland Scenic Highway has a special quality when you are alone, pass no other vehicles and are afforded these views at 6:00AM

Then I drove into the pea soup fog again

Jamming to my music via Chatterbox XBI2 Bluetooth, the Wilco song came on with lyrics that began

"Maybe the sun will shine today
The clouds will roll away
Maybe I won’t be so afraid
I will understand everything has its plan
Either way"

Mornings like this make you happy just to be alive. Reached the terminus of the byway and turned right onto 39 toward Richwood. My first stop was the Falls of Hills Creek just a couple miles away.

First shot of the Upper Falls:

Fern Gully Anyone? (this pic has not been doctored)

Down the neat stairway

Hills Creek

On down a metal staircase and some more boardwalk takes you to the Middle Falls. Mist and blowing wind. Just awesome and all to my self :jump

The Lower Falls are the largest so I continue on down only to be met with this unfortunate sign. Blast!

Oh well, back up for a cup of coffee, trail mix and banana.

After enjoying the walk back up to the bike, I pack my cooking gear away and set off for the New River Gorge Bridge. I had been before but I recall Eric and Gale mentioning it yesterday and there was the off chance that I'd meet up with them :dunno

Just before the bridge, it began to sprinkle. It then began to rain hard and the fog rolled in. This was the view I had of the Largest Arched Bridge in the Western Hemisphere in the mist:

Chatted with a fellow at the visitor's center about my bike, stickers and how he wanted to go on a motorcycle ride someday. DO IT! I told him:1drink Departed in the heavy rain toward Babcock State Park. Stopped along the way to get gas and noticed this sticker. Ever wonder why WV Gas is so expensive?

Down to Babcock State Park and the Glade Creek Grist Mill

And in living color!

Ever see Stone Mill Pale Ale? (Organic Beer)? How cool is that :evil

Then I set off toward the town or Rainelle. Ironically, it stopped raining in Rainelle :rayof The streets were lined with American Flags along much of the small Midland Trail (US60) towns

This guy looked interesting, he walked by twice and mumbled something to me through his cigarette...

I rode 60 and saved a turtle :D

Tired of the shitty pavement, patch work, sand and wet roads, I jumped on 64 and slabbed it the rest of the way home...

NOT! I just rode it to the Greenbriar State Forest where I decided to make some oatmeal by a small creek.

Always liked this neat one lane bridge with the cut-through for the creek

From here, I continued down 60 to Humpback Bridge just outside Covington, VA

Covington STINKS on account of the Mead West Vaco Paper Mill

So I high-tailed it up to the mountains to get away from that jazz. 220 is such a nice road through here

And a view of the 80ft. Falling Springs. Once it was 200ft but they mined lime for fertilizer and redirected the stream. I feel they ruined it.

Took a ride up 606 to Airport Road and decided to ride up to Ingalls Field only to find this sign. DAMN

But the Warm Springs Overlook is always nice

Then rode 606 :ricky down to Clifto Forge. Man is that one crazy, tight, technical, weather-beaten stretch of pavement. Really fun but you gotta bring your "A-Game"

Then 64 to Bratton's Run and up into Goshen. Here is a nice shot of Mill Creek

Then enjoyed the quick shot up 42 to Churchville. Man! What is this!?!?!
Fire Dept. Cruise In, Chicken BBQ and Fund Raiser just ending.

Here are some car shots for all you motor-heads

I liked this one :D

HUGE engine

Nice eyes

And one of my favorites

From here, I shot up 42 with a stop over at Gimmeslack's. Marion was kind enough to provide me some fresh Mint Iced Tea. WOW did that hit the spot :thumb

Then I got a text from Eric saying he was in Elkton, so I made it from Weyers Cave to Elkton in 25 minutes (no easy feat :evil :augie) But he had already left time buddy.

On my return trip to the Burg, I spy none other than...THE NEIGHBOR!

We chatted for about 5 minutes in the shade then went our separate ways. I had cleaning to do and a shower to take. Air Dry... Washed the bike (as per usual after my ride) then stowed it in the storage unit.

Total mileage this weekend:

What a great ride! Looking forward to the next one...and the next one...and...

SMIB campout is coming up in two weeks so expect another nice RR from that. I may write a Honda Ruckus RR for next weekend if I don't head up to NOVA. Till next time...


HBN 06-13-2010 08:43 PM


Originally Posted by FOXedupONE
Not enough flower pictures in here though.:wink:

Yet...Tiger Lillies are in Bloom :deal

Boon Booni 06-13-2010 09:10 PM

Nice photos HBN. Trying to follow you in Google Maps with all your name dropping of roads and such. :thumb I like your commando camping at any old spot. I used to do similar back in the day but I was always trying to hide my car :lol3

You haven't happend to have made it to Falling Water at some point? And if so, are there any other bits (roads or spots) that might be worth a looksee up there?


technician172 06-13-2010 09:55 PM

Highland Scenic Highway Camping
Anything along 150 is fair game for incognito camping, but if you really want to escape humanity take the Mine road off of 219/55. Stop by Elk River Touring Center to get a mountain bike topo map before you do though - it's really easy to get lost up there if you're not familiar with the roads.

Guy Young 06-14-2010 01:53 AM

Beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing. :thumb

HBN 06-14-2010 03:03 AM

Thanks for the suggestions. I remember Elk River and recall seeing Ele lodge. I hear they have a very nice place there. I will also add Falling Waters to my list. Always a fun time riding in WV :D

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