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Old 09-18-2006, 08:06 PM   #1
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Instead of Deal's Gap...

Some friend and I are planning a trip this comming weekend. We were planning on taking sport bikes to Deal's Gap, but it is a 700 mile drive for us (we are from NJ) and it also looks like it will rain down that way. Any ideas of where we might find some good sport bike riding a little closer to home. We were thinking of WV or so. Any suggested routes /areas to ride would be appreciated.

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Old 09-18-2006, 08:35 PM   #2
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I think the guys in the East Regional may know of some roads in that area.
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Old 09-18-2006, 09:02 PM   #3
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Here's an idea.

Make your way over to Hancock, MD, either by way of Harrisburg PA or Baltimore MD (what's on the attached map). From Hancock, go south on 522 to Berkley Springs. Then take 9 west to Great Cacapon, which then bends south, then west again just below Paw Paw. Take 29 south for a bit, then turn right (NW) on 3, a twisty mountain road if there ever were one. At Springfield, go south on 28 to Romney, then head west on 50 to Mount Storm. From there, go south on 42 all the way to Petersburg. Turn east on 220 to Moorefield, then continue east on 55 all the way to I-81. Do the jig over to I-66 east, run around the capitol beltway (495) back up to Baltimore and home. Give a holler, and a gaggle of NOVA folks will meet you for story and dinner, cause the whole loop as mapped from Philly as start and end is 600 miles, plus whatever NJ milage you need to get there.



But that's just an idea.
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Old 09-19-2006, 08:57 AM   #4
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Pa. has some really sweet stuff.
Rt 125 from Shamokin-Spring Grove.
Rt 87 from Mehoopany-Williamsport.
Rt 187 from Wyalusing to Wysox.
Rt 414 on its western end near Cedar Run.
or just about anything that goes from the southeast to the northwest,
thus crossing the mountains at a right angle.
Many of the "town" roads in Pa. are gravel as well as the state forestry
roads. They're well maintained enough that I ride my K100RT on them.

WV. is just one big playground.
Smoke Hole Rd.
Rt 72 from Red Creek to Macomber (tight, decreasing radius turns abound)
Rt 39 from Mill Point to Summersville.
Not really too many bad roads in the state, and if your plans include
gravel roads, you've hit the motherlode.
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Old 09-19-2006, 09:56 AM   #5
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Instead of Deal's Gap...

Great suggestions so far.
Farther west is SE Ohio.
Anything with a 55 or 78 in the road number is good.
For wild, try 555.

Burr Oak State park is just west of the intersection of 555 and 78 and the management is motorcycle friendly.

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Old 09-19-2006, 11:01 AM   #6
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WV. is just one big playground.
Smoke Hole Rd.
Rt 72 from Red Creek to Macomber (tight, decreasing radius turns abound)
Rt 39 from Mill Point to Summersville.
Not really too many bad roads in the state, and if your plans include
gravel roads, you've hit the motherlode.
This is precisely why I can never get far from home whenever I go for a ride.
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Old 09-19-2006, 12:43 PM   #7
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This is precisely why I can never get far from home whenever I go for a ride.
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Old 09-19-2006, 02:43 PM   #8
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Good replies, everything sounds like a great ride!
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Old 09-19-2006, 02:53 PM   #9
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Seneca Rocks, WV. Pretty cool place. stay at the climbers campground or ride little north for some cabin thingies on the right by the river.

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Old 09-19-2006, 03:15 PM   #10
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WV. is just one big playground.
Smoke Hole Rd....
Yup! And then head east on CR-11, CR-1, CR-14....

Can't go wrong on many roads there except some of those county roads might just look like this:



Camp at Yokum's just north of Seneca Rocks for 5 bucks a person.

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Old 09-19-2006, 03:32 PM   #11
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Rt 250

Take RT 250 west of Waynesboro VA through the George Washington NF and the Mongahalia National Forest. This road is super and you can follow it a good ways into West Virginia. Turn back at a town that has a working steam locomotive... I forgot the name. Its worth driving this 100 mile run of RT 250 both ways a bunch of times.

I drove it in a cage today and saw GS Adventure and a VStrom 650 winding there way through the turns... They seemed to be enjoying themselves on some very good road and curves.... I mean real good curves.
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Old 09-20-2006, 05:58 AM   #13
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Many good suggestions over here http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=160930

The West Virginia state motto "Wild and Wonderful", refers to it's roads.
Enjoy your ride.
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Old 09-20-2006, 06:16 AM   #14
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Turn back at a town that has a working steam locomotive... I forgot the name. Its worth driving this 100 mile run of RT 250 both ways a bunch of times.
Railroad is at Cass, WV.
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Old 09-20-2006, 10:39 AM   #15
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You may want to try this ride in NJ, just skip the dirt roads and trails, will take about 2 hours to complete on a sport bike maybe more if you try the water crossings >> http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=166573. There's a gps route and a route sheet in the thread.

Other twisties around our area
> Watchung Reservation off Route 22
> Roads around Round Valley State Park
> Harriman State Park/Bear Mountain NY
> Skyline Drive to Ringwood State Park, NJ
> Route 23 to High Point State Park
> Anything road north of route 78!
> PA Tots Gap Rd. off 611 to town of Wind Gap
> PA 611 to River Rd. New Hope area. (plenty of good backroads)

I'd like to know some new routes as well
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