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Old 08-11-2010, 09:25 AM   #136
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Yup, similar to Maurice's
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:54 PM   #137
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As usual, great RR I need to either get the 500 running or get some street tires for the DR before I go on one of these rides...
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Old 08-11-2010, 07:21 PM   #138
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I'd say 500 unless you want to walk funny for a week afterward

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Old 08-11-2010, 08:04 PM   #139
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Here is the info for Badin Lake CG. I've stayed there several times on Jeep trips back in my Jeeping days, and on Fishing and Bike trips. It can be crowed on the weekends but has some really nice spots right on the water. I was over there just this past sunday and it was almost empty. You were real close if you went by Pisgah Covered Bridge.

http://www.cs.unca.edu/nfsnc/recreat...campground.htm

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Old 08-12-2010, 03:09 AM   #140
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Thanks. I'm not a fan of established campgrounds but stayed at West Morris Campground while I was there. I was tempted to string up the hammock in the woods but just hit this $5 job on the way.

Thanks, saw a bunch of jeepn by Badin Lake
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Old 08-12-2010, 06:47 PM   #141
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Yep they can get a little too busy for my taste especially that one on the weekends with all the jeepers. Theres a road that runs down past the dam that forms badin lake (cant remember the name of it now) but there is a nice place to camp right on the water that is not in the CG.
Anyway thanks for the great ride reports especially the one where you stayed at ravens cliff. I grew up about an hour north of there and never knew about it. Rode all over that area last month and found some great new roads and even met some nice folks on a Ural.
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Old 08-12-2010, 07:59 PM   #142
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Great! I appreciate your comments and taking the time to go back and read through my reports

Will be camping at the Dog Days COG ride at Boyer's Station this weekend. Familiar ground and a ride to Rellas is in order. Should be a nice weekend with Dad.

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Old 08-15-2010, 10:51 AM   #143
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Dog Days COG Rally and Rella's Cafe Gift

Rode over 250 to Boyer's Station, WV with Dad for the COG Dog Days Rally.



Beautiful views of the Virginia mountains


Through Monterrey


Coming in to the Blue Grass Valley






And over Allegheny Mountain, past Camp Allegheny and into West Virginia



After setting up at Boyer Station, ORexpat arrived from NOVA


Mikeinrichmond, Pops and Guy Young went to dinner at The Station Restaurant



ORexpat and I cooked up our own meal back at camp.


We both took pics of this "Sucker Hole" in the clouds


Riding in to WV, he picked up a State Seal sticker to stick on his WV-Only sticker panniers


A pair of fawns stumbled through camp.



"Damn nice hammock" it said


The sun sank below the horizon as the questionable clouds drifted in and out over camp. A sprinkle here, a sprinkle there, mostly dry though.


Dad trying out the ergonomics on the GS


Then the camp host brought a wheelbarrow full of wood for the fire. They enjoyed company well into the night around the campfire.


I slept well in my hammock and awoke to a clear and beautifully morning in the upper 60's.


I then led a group of four (Pops, ORexpat and South Side) for a jaunt. We departed about 9:30 or so.





We rode past Green Bank then through the fog over 66 and into Snowshoe for gas. We first stopped at Sharpe's General Store on 219 in Slatyfork for a few pictures.


Need a wash?


Whose great idea was this?




The owner showed up as I was crawling out of his car I quickly removed the helmet and began jabbering about the car, how much I liked it, yada yada in hopes he wouldn't be too upset with me. He was very kind and opened up the antique store/old general store for us. It had been in his family since the 1870's. Very cool.




Sweet tooth


Westinghouse fridge and heat plate on top


A very old camera


Transistor Radio


A blackface barber brush




And outside is this neat - often photographed - bear carving.


And the Sharp Kissing Bridge


After scoping it out, we rode up 219 toward the Highland Scenic Hwy


It was sopped in with fog and rain so we continued on toward Marlinton. Did anyone else notice one of my favorite structures in the county?


Continued through Marlinton and out on 39/55


That fog turned in to rain as we went up the mountain toward the Cranberry Wilderness and the southern terminus of the Highland Scenic Hwy.




We rode past the foggy hwy again and down to Falls of Hills Creek


Aw damn No water! What a bummer. Maybe next time folks.


I suspect these ferns are responsible for sucking it all up


We then rode back in to the rain east to the Nature Center.


Nifty quilt of the area.


They fill their hummingbird feeders up to 3 times a day. Remarkable!


They had a ton of wildlife taxidermy


And a large herpetology exhibit.


Check out the height of that Grizzle compared to the man in the doorway. It was insane!!!


Back on the road, we hit some rain but it quickly cleared as we descended toward Richwood.




Clearing up nicely


Riding through Richwood


They knew we were coming


And past the Craigsville Drive In Theatre




I think its time to move on up...


Thankfully, this car turned off Rt 20 after some agonizing miles


Riding through Cottle


A local baseball game at Moore Family Field


And finally out of the forest.




20 is a blast. Just ask ORexpat




And on to Rella's Cafe




I added a little touch of class




Quit giving the stink eye and eat your salad!


Hey Mike showed up!



Rella's Neice took a group snapshot.

Sneaky


Dad had the Meatloaf special and I the Hamburger


Leaving room for the final slice of Peanut Butter Pie


After saying our goodbyes, we departed back toward camp on 20 into Webster Springs. Here is the river through town. Gauley I believe


And the town square and county seat.


Caught up to this COG'r and followed him through the fog on 15.




Riding up 66 it got downright dangerous. I had a blast as my well worn 20k tire waxed its way down the slipper pavement. Fun times.

ORexpat and his fog lights.


We then went to the NRAO Green Bank and took their tour. This was my fourth time but I still enjoy it. Free baby



Picture on the observation platform before you must shut off your camera.


After this, we took the tour, returned to camp, cooked a nice meal around the picnic table, enjoyed company and went to sleep.

This morning, we packed up, had some breakfast, a few goodbyes and rode back home. Pops and ORexpat split off at Head Waters on 250 riding up toward Sugar Grove and Brandywine while I headed on home, nursing my dying battery. It began the weekend at 12V (riding) and by the end was hovering between 7V and 8V. Fortunately, I made it to the garage and will track down an Odyssey battery this week. Well overdue but I made it.

Thanks for coming along! Next weekend will be Newport News for a friend's grad party then Richmond for Greenfly's BBQ and SPOT handoff.

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Old 08-15-2010, 11:01 AM   #144
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Eventually I will make one of these rides in WV...as of now I am out here in the desert land.

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Old 08-15-2010, 02:19 PM   #145
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Kinda like this high desert. Ah but a 40 hour ride. The boss won't mind.

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Old 08-15-2010, 04:44 PM   #146
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Old 08-15-2010, 06:02 PM   #147
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Yes! Quite self involved of me....

Bless y'all for helping Rellas family.

Goin get out there and leave a substantial tip
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Old 08-15-2010, 06:11 PM   #148
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Glad your battery held up - looks like it was a nice weekend even with the rain
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Old 09-20-2010, 06:01 PM   #149
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Thanks for the invite

I believe you and I met tonight on the road. I ride a BMW f650 gs twin and you can see my helmet a mile. I have a late meeting thurs and will miss the meet at hone quarry but will watch this forum.
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Old 09-20-2010, 06:06 PM   #150
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Howdy Yup that was me. We meet up all the time for BBQ, rides or coffee. Keep track of the Cat Herders forum for our details. Post up and say hello.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=402683

Also, if you make it to Laurel Fork Oct 1-3 in WV, you won't be disappointed
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=609006

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