Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Regional Forums > Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains
User Name
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-07-2010, 03:34 PM   #76
HBN's Avatar
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Seat of my Ruckus
Oddometer: 12,080
Saturday July 3, 2010

I slept well in the Hennessey Hammock over the evening. The low temp was around 50F which was cool but not uncomfortable on account of my UnderArmor Cold Layers, knit cap and down mummy bag. I began to stir around 7:00 (later than my usual but we were chit-chatting until well past midnight) The pleasant view south in the burning light of morning foreshadowed the heat to come, forecasts well into the 90's

LD has a variety of fruit trees around the farm dating from its history as an orchard and contributions of wayward seeds dropped by the plethora of native feathered creatures.

I graciously accepted a breakfast of eggs, coffee, homemade whole grain toast and soy-bacon. I didn't think it was too bad but HB compared it to the paper towel used to soak up the fat on thick cut bacon typical in most Saturday morning frying pans.

During breakfast, I received word from bmwew1 who had a flat on 64 outside Covington and was in the process of getting it plugged, refilled and underway. We were in cell contact during the AM as he rerouted toward Bluefield to keep on more major routes in case of further emergency. Fortunately, he was able to ride on the plug all weekend despite his early apprehension.

Meanwhile (back on the farm ), LD showed me their collection of Valks Too cool!

After fart'n around some more, I decided I would take off for a ride in the direction of Breaks Interstate Park, leaving LD and HB to welcome guests and prepare for the festivities.

I continued down 61 into Tazewell where I picked up 16N into WV. The heat of the sun on my back reminded me why I usually take off in the summer at 6AM. No matter, any homemade breakfast with good company and conversation is well worth the delay

16 was a blast: twisty, well paved, and some traffic toward the end. I approached a sign that read "You are now entering War"...that gave me a chuckle.

If you get in War you go STRAIGHT TO JAIL - DO NOT PASS GO!

Seemed to be pretty quiet for the city at War

Past war, the road continues to snake through the low mountains filled with coal, sandstone, natural gas and many other resources sure to be extracted; the people exploited For many, it is their only way.

Let me start by admitting I got sidetracked. As I approached the intersection with 83 (toward Grundy and Breaks), I saw a sign for Coalwood. I had read the wonderful Coalwood ride report "October Quest for the Original Cape Coalwood" and finished Homer Hickam's The Coalwood Way just last week. It was sealed...I HAD to go check it out for myself.

Onward down 16, this is the Coretta Mine with conveyor belts to transport coal over passing cars, motorcycles and coal trucks along. I recall mentions of the Coretta mine in Hickam's book.

Over the mountain, I descended the twisty two-lane road into town. Just before Six Hollow, I encountered this sign.

Here is an example of some of the houses typical in this early 20th century factory town. Notice the original roofs on most homes. Some where in rough shape...

Down I traveled till the abandoned Coalwood High School loomed on my left. I took a fair number of photos here since I have always been enamored with abandoned buildings, broken windows and the natural reclamation of man's once-shining achievements.

I spotted this old football play book on the front steps.

To think of the time and effort put into these plays and the sport. I wonder if the author still lives within shouting distance? Maybe...maybe not...maybe underground...

I jumped back on the bike and cruised toward the "downtown" where the Olga Coal Company once operated.

This home was prominent in the book but I cannot immediately recall who it belonged to. Certainly a lead member of the mining company. It is situated directly up the hill from the old mine area.

The Old Clubhouse

Windows shut to the light since the closing of the mine in the 1980's

Can you spy the ninja at the back door

The former site of the tipple and mine buildings demolished in recent years.

The Clubhouse and Doctor's Office circa 1937

The Coalwood Apartment House

As it appeared in 1937

Then rode over to the machine shop where Homer Hickam's rocket nozzles were covertly constructed by mine workers.

The paper doesn't come as often anymore.

Thats one intriguing telephone pole....

They built a pool on one wall of the former mine building office Hell of a place for a pool but whatever floats your boat

There was still more to see of Coalwood, I continued past the gas station, Homer Hickam's house and Substation row to Mudhole Branch.

In this holler lived many African American workers. Most attended the church of a wise minister named Richard. The road to this church is actually named "Richard Ln"

Hickam's book describes the process and effort which went into designing and installing these circular stained glass windows. They were designed to represent the "potters wheel", with which God shapes the clay of human lives in circular patterns.

The windows are well worn 50 years after their installation but I was the only one appreciating them today.

And some of the views up Mudhole Branch

Fire had consumed many of the small homes. The area did not seem to have as many African Amercain inhabitants anymore.

I reached the end of the holler quickly arriving at a yellow gate. I retraced my route, dual exhausts burbling alarm bells to the outsider was amidst. I wondered if word had already spread that a "tourist" was roaming about...I'll just leave my helmet on thanks.

Rode the dirt road down to the old coal slack dump which was home to the Rocket Boy's Launch Site

I believe these are the original launch shacks built by the Rocket Boys. I may be wrong.

This comforter is testament to their current function as teen-hangout-escapism location dujour

Enjoyed a granola bar, some water and back up the road I went. Even their playground has rocket items.

Continuing back toward town, I turned left onto Snakeroot Branch. This hollow was also known for its desperate families, hard drinking fathers and thread-bare children. Unfortunately, not much has changed or times have gotten worse. This is true Appalachia and I was satisfied to lack the embarrassment a string of technicolor dual sports would have drawn had I lead a ride here.

Can you spot the dog in the creek?

Back up the road, this is Homer Hickam's childhood home. It was in this basement he mixed his moonshine alcohol rocket fuel, diligently designed his rockets and studiously completed homework assignments.

Substation Row along 16 on the road out to Welch

The road to Welch is a blast

Here is the view looking down on Welch

Welch Courthouse

I enjoyed riding around Welch and took some back road out of town following the railroad up a valley. The road twisted along the hillside, hugging the many hairpin turns and hollows, I wound up in the small town of Davey. From here, I continued along a road which became more narrow and switched back and froth from paved to dirt. The reaction of children on bicycles in their mountain summer celebration, mouths agape at this large unique motorcycle and vivid suit was priceless. I continued on, passing gas wells and pipelines, the road crested a mountain ridge then, slowly, more homes began to appear and I eventually reached a more major roadway. Judging this was 52, I turned right on the signless two-lane road. The yellow line in the center was a welcome sight from the past route of discovery which led me here. After continuing for 15-20 miles, I arrived here in Pineville.

The route I found was not 52 but in fact 10. I had traveled north a good ways distant now from Breaks Interstate Park. It was around 3:00 and I knew I should return by 6 to the campout to gorge myself with barbeque and beer. Did I mention I was getting hungry

The scenery was satiating however.

An old Tipple down the tracks

This old rail bridge looked inviting so I rode onto it a ways. Only after a while did I notice the couple feet of missing sections in the middle open to the river below

Then after taking this shot, some quads rolled by and I had to back out to let them pass. This may have been a section of the Hatfield McCoy Trail Network I picked some blackberries here for LD

I crossed back through Welch...AGAIN...and chose 103 to 161 for the route back to Tazewell. I passed through the town of Gary, home to Homer Hickam's Mother and a vivacious woebegone character in his book.

Stark views of human devastation abound along 161. These mountains will never be the same in our lifetime...or many more for that matter. The soil and trees planted lack the soil horizons, water tables and complex ecosystem so carelessly destroyed to supply our nation's strength and power. Illusory.

Back down 16, I rode through downtown Tazewell.

After arriving at camp, I greeted my ADV friends and watched at TurkeyMan101 humorously laid waist to LD's front lawn with his roaring coffee fire

The hostess with the mostest. Where we be?

Chips were served in the light of the golden hour

Flutesong and Muffynmonster went down to pet the horses.

Then my delicious meal was ready. LD, HB and FluteSong put forth a bit of effort while I was out goofing off and taking pictures. Their efforts were savored slowly and completely and washed down with my new light summertime refreshment: Bud Light Lime (its not so bad )

bmwew1 and 257bob

We had a little visitor

(sorry )

HB giving me his best "what the hell are you staring at" snarl

Then another "just right" fire. Coffee was drank, lies were swapped, friendship was lit.

As the fire faded, the adventurers retired to their sleeping spots around the home and inside. In the morning...we be riding. Goofing off and riding. It's the Cat Herder Way

Hammock time again
Lost with Mike
Only those that go would know. - WayneJ
12' Ruckus, 01' R1150GS, 75' XL250
HBurgNinja - The Thread | HBN Boondocking the Nation | Beards to Canada

HBN screwed with this post 07-07-2010 at 04:57 PM
HBN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2010, 03:35 PM   #77
HBN's Avatar
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Seat of my Ruckus
Oddometer: 12,080
Sunday July 4, 2010

Sunday morning shone with the light of another gloriously hot day. The temperature was warmer overnight at a comfy 60 degrees. I slept well in my ninja-roll and was not turned into a bear snack or raccoon curiosity

LD had her homemade danish roll and some commerical ones as well (which were snubbed by the group)

I was tasked with leading the ride to Breaks Interstate Park. Lets hope I don't end up in Welch again

Stopping for gas, Mike fit in great with the locals.


My View:

Led the way uneventfully to Breaks. The lineup outside the visitor center.

Inside the center they had some interesting local displays.

An old copper still with bmwew1 posing behind it

Fascinating to see birds of prey in person. These would be illegal in private hands.

Strike a pose George Washington

Its ME!

Rode through the park

Then exited North via 80. Very interesting cliffs and geology along this road.

Got lost on purpose but eventually found our way back toward Cumberland, KY.

Notice the string of Harleys in this Independence Day ride.

Oh...and the goofball front and center

I led the way up to Kingdom Come State Park. I had visited here during BYOB and always wanted to continue along the "primitive road" following the ridgeline. This was my opportunity

Enjoed the view and I cooked some beans while bmwew1 had some tuna and crackers.

This road was awesome. Single lane, twisty and lush. The temperature was a refreshing mid eighties.

We fueled up in Lynch, he pushed his tank to about 200mi (farthest he has gone so far) but we both made it. I was averaging better than 50mpg even with our antics up and down the mountain roads. Yeah, we were extra-legal at times

Set east back to camp via 160 with a short stop in Lynch to check out the old mine and Portal 31.

Remember folks:

bmwew1 looking quite chipper

We demolished the twisties wearing down the tires as we crossed over the highest point in KY and back into VA.

It was an uneventful but long ride back to camp to be there in time for dinner with the crew. Narrowly missed a speeding ticket on 19. Good times.

bmwew1 checking out the Valks.

And putting the kitteh' in The Itteh Bitteh Kitteh Campout

A bevy of multi-flavored sausages grilled on an applewood fire. Great flavor HB!

The dinner spread prepared by LD and FluteSong. Once again, thanks for the hard work!

Red sky at night...riders delight

LD serving some of her families old cheesecake recipe

It was TO-DIE-FOR along with coffee and FluteSong's Oreo Surprise
The Ninja Approves

After the meal, the whole lot of us sat on the driveway still radiating heat to our backsides. The Tazewell Fireworks show exploded over the far ridge affording us the occasional red and green burst through trees on an opposite hill. 10 miles is just the distance I like to be from crowds, children and all that nonsense. After the long day of riding and tomfoolery, we all turned in relatively early before 11.

I slept like a log...
Lost with Mike
Only those that go would know. - WayneJ
12' Ruckus, 01' R1150GS, 75' XL250
HBurgNinja - The Thread | HBN Boondocking the Nation | Beards to Canada

HBN screwed with this post 07-07-2010 at 05:19 PM
HBN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2010, 03:36 PM   #78
HBN's Avatar
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Seat of my Ruckus
Oddometer: 12,080
Cry Monday July 5, 2010 (last day)

I opted to ride my own ride today rather than tag along with some of the other campers heading back home. I really do enjoy doing my own thing, stopping for many photos, berries, water and hikes. This was one of my best days of riding this year (next to my WV trip with Eric and Gail )

LD had the breakfast spread out again. She is such a wonderful hostess.

I snagged some of this in my tupperware to enjoy on the road.

I figured I'd ride into Burkes Garden from the west and exit the gravel road to the east. The morning light shone through the breaks in trees throwing shafts of light into the road. Blinding spotlights despite my polarized lenses. No matter, riding at 7AM is always worth it.

The view descending into Burkes Garden was fantastic

Unfortunately, the fog was very thick and I was unable to view the unique bowl shaped mountain surrounding the valley.

It was nice and cool however. I savored the slight chill knowing I would not feel this until I was back at work on Monday (too cheap to use AC at home...upper 80's as I write this report now in shorts)

Vivid sign.

My favorite shot of the year so far: Taken on the gravel road exiting Burkes Garden

Looking west back into Burkes Garden and the evaporating fog layers

Enjoyed the gravel road exiting Burkes Garden which was in quite good condition surprisingly. After miles of riding in woods and through laurel groves, I emerged into this contrasting view.

Exiting Sharon Springs Rd onto 42, I erroneously turned onto Vogeltown Rd (622?) and made a nice 5 mi loop until I returned back to 42 Must be the next road which takes me up to the lookout tower on 52. Yup...and what a blast that twisty unmarked road was. Thanks for the advice LD!

Here is the view from up top looking toward Wyhteville.

A sliver of history for ya Dad

There were a bunch of neat signs at this store. It was closed unfortunately.

So was the tower (not that I'd pay money to climb it anyway)

Obligatory morning flower shot

Cruised into Wytheville then down 21 to the town of the weekend: INDEPENDENCE, VA.

I hung a right on 58, The Crooked Road.

I always wanted to visit this park. So I did.

It was pretty empty so I took advantage of the peace and quiet to go for a nice hike and absorb the sights, smells and sounds of transitioning highland nature.

At peace.

Views from Little Pinnacle on Haw Mountain.

Mount Rogers (highest point in VA) in the distance.

This mountain was named for a local bear hunter but I cannot immediately recall his name. This was the view from the Big Pinnacle on Haw Mountain.

There was a couple up there from Wisconsin so I didn't want to stay long and disturb their time. I chatted with them for a few minutes and took their picture with their camera.

Back on the hiking trail happy my Chatterbox was at the visitor center charging since I forgot to do it the night prior.

Finished the trail, drank a bunch of water while enjoying the fruit salad from earlier. Geared back up and set forth toward Damascus. There were many bicycle tours heading out for the Virginia Creeper Trail. Eventually I found their source in Damascus.

Next to the Dairy King (husband of the Queen)

Rolled south of town on Shady Valley Rd. going home by way of Tennessee

I've always wanted to stop at Backbone I did. I believe this is one of the shortest tunnels in the world.

And looking back through.

Hey Gimme, there were rock climbers here too!

Continued along the road through the mountains until it opened up into a beautiful valley not too different in color and smell from my own back home in the Shenandoah. This was Shady Valley, TN.

Oh...what is that up ahead!? WOAH! Look what I came upon? The Shady Valley Country Store

Home of "The Snake" - 489 Curves in 11 Miles. 'Dragon Smagon'

There was a huge collection of bikes and I struck up a conversation with some guy on the porch. He was interested in my VStrom. I had to cut it short as it was 2:00 and I was in TN and wanted to ride the Snake and get back home before dark. Off I go. Not a car ahead of me the entire way up or back!

This is just as much fun (and closer) than the Dragon with no enforcement today. Maybe not everyday but today was just right.

Rode down to Mountain City and back.

Most of the road was AWESOME but there were two corners riding into Mountain City which had a shit ton of SAND in them

Rode it out and down to South Holston Lake on the VA/TN border. Man does that watter look inviting in this heat. Oh well, many miles to make up...

Goodbye Cherokee NF

Rode 75 to 81 then slabbed it home. Unpacked, washed the beast, began laundry and relaxed recounting the many miles and amazing sights I had seen.

Total Mileage: 1208

More to come this upcoming weekend. I will be riding WV again with Dad with stops at the Hutte, Rella's, Hacker Valley, Green Bank and Cass.

As always, thanks for riding along with me. Photos courtesy of my Droid
Lost with Mike
Only those that go would know. - WayneJ
12' Ruckus, 01' R1150GS, 75' XL250
HBurgNinja - The Thread | HBN Boondocking the Nation | Beards to Canada

HBN screwed with this post 07-07-2010 at 05:53 PM
HBN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2010, 05:52 PM   #79
badguy's Avatar
Joined: Nov 2009
Location: almost southern MD
Oddometer: 1,684
badguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2010, 06:47 PM   #80
Down & Out
SRMN8R's Avatar
Joined: Oct 2005
Location: Powhatan, VA
Oddometer: 3,005

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow evening HBN. I really want to talk with you about the 'strom. Looks like you're enjoying it!

- J
SRMN8R is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2010, 07:10 PM   #81
Exploring Alabama
DeBandi's Avatar
Joined: Dec 2006
Location: Blount Springs, AL
Oddometer: 3,100
Very nice......
Explore / Dream / Discover



State Oval Decals Available
DeBandi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2010, 07:23 PM   #82
HBN's Avatar
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Seat of my Ruckus
Oddometer: 12,080
Thx of these days well get in a full RR campout together.

Look forward to seeing you tomorrow Jimmy

DeBandi...I got big shoes to fill, you set the bar high. Thanks for following.
Lost with Mike
Only those that go would know. - WayneJ
12' Ruckus, 01' R1150GS, 75' XL250
HBurgNinja - The Thread | HBN Boondocking the Nation | Beards to Canada
HBN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2010, 07:50 AM   #83
advridgerunner's Avatar
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: Chesapeake AND Bedford Co. VA
Oddometer: 1,071
Mile mucher....

as usual, good stuff Mike !!
My Garage

1981 CBX (missing it already!)-
advridgerunner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2010, 04:19 PM   #84
Live from THE Hill
Joined: May 2008
Location: Washington, DC
Oddometer: 4,390
great report HBN, what better way to spend a 4th, and looks like I missed some great roads on Mon, I'll add the Snake to the list of get to places
ADV'ing from America's fine Crapital...
DCrider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2010, 05:40 AM   #85
Live from THE Hill
Joined: May 2008
Location: Washington, DC
Oddometer: 4,390
What no live updates? I can't ride this weekend, thought I'd be able to ride vicariously through you instead
ADV'ing from America's fine Crapital...
DCrider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2010, 03:22 PM   #86
HBN's Avatar
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Seat of my Ruckus
Oddometer: 12,080
Live updates and WV don't fit in the same sentence . I'm back, bike washed, chain lubed and ready for my next ride. I will post an RR of my Dad and I + Richmonders shortly.
Lost with Mike
Only those that go would know. - WayneJ
12' Ruckus, 01' R1150GS, 75' XL250
HBurgNinja - The Thread | HBN Boondocking the Nation | Beards to Canada
HBN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2010, 03:35 PM   #87
I'm better now.
Greenflyfarmer's Avatar
Joined: May 2007
Location: Central Virginia
Oddometer: 1,798
Nice to see you down in my neck of the woods.

Super pics, really liked the Burkes Garden pics, love that place.
I ain't a going without my hog, my gun, my whisky and my Bible.

Greenflyfarmer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2010, 03:43 PM   #88
HBN's Avatar
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Seat of my Ruckus
Oddometer: 12,080
Pops and Richmonders in WV

What this weekend lacked on the odometer, it made up for with quality friends, vittles and roads.

Dad and I originally planned to hit the SABMAG campout down at Willville but changed our mind at last minute to ride some of WV instead. Friday evening, I cooked Pork Chops, Potato and a Salad.

While preparing the meal, my phone kept beeping the incoming posts from the Richmond VA Chatter thread concerning a weekend ride to WV Hey guys, I will be out there Saturday We all planned to meet at Rella's @ 6PM Saturday. Bikers were packed and the rain fell all through the night bringing a welcome cool to my bedroom for the first time in weeks.

When I awoke for my morning run, it was still raining and cool I cooked Dad and I a breakfast off eggs, toast, potato/broccoli/carrot

At the garage, we loaded up the bikes and by the 8:05 departure , the evening's rain had moved east (toward the bunch heading our way) while the skies over the mountain were clearing.

We cruised down 42 to Jennings Gap Rd to 250. I watched as the temperature fell to 70 then 65 and eventually 62F as we crossed over into WV. Here is the view of the Bluegrass Valley from 250

On the backside, Dad needed to add a liner to his mesh gear. I just zipped my vents on the stich and was good to go

Our first destination of the day was the Green Bank National Radio Astronomical Observatory.

They were hosting an annual Astronomical Observers party called "Star Quest" (hence the tents in the field adjacent the air strip)

We had some fun in the educational center...

I thought I'd just disappear

Squat (love Dad's expression)

Model of the GBT (Harry C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope)

We then went on the free facility tour held on the hour. It begins with a shot film, discussion of the facility followed by a bus ride to the GBT.

This is an amplifier made of copper, steel and coated in gold built on site.

Some fun with physics

This was the device used by Bell Telephones to test for interference by various radio waves


Diesel only vehicles beyong this sign. The spark plugs in the common combustion engine emit too much interference.

There are also no photos allowed after this sign. You'll just have to go take the free tour yourself

This was on a local brochure. I just liked it.

Alright, back on the road, we set forth to Cass on Rt.66 (no not that Rt.66)

The old Company Store

Dad saying "I could fix that!"

What a classy place to enjoy an orange!

After our brief stroll, we scooted up 66 to Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort.

They were holding the annual Fire On The Mountain Chili Cook-Off but we had Swiss Food on our to Helvetia! It is out that way somewhere

66 to 219 then left at Valley Head onto 15 and a right onto Turkey Bone Rd to Helvetia. I will paraphrase the conversation we had in the chatterbox units...

"Sorry Dad, I didn't know it was unpaved. Whats that? You hate gravel? Stand on the pegs and deal with it!" He is such a good trooper my Dad.

His load fell off so we had to buckle it down a little tighter.

I mean... come on this is AWESOME!

Around 2:45 we finally made it to The Hutte!

This small bedroom in the back doubles as a reserved lounge seating for a couple.

Don't know much about guns

Fasnacht Masks

This old photo shows a bunch of Dual Sport bikes circa 1980

Miss Elanore is recognized by WV for being AWESOME

For starters, Dad and I split the Hearty Country Stew

Followed with a side of Rosti (potato pancake)

We both enjoyed the Bratwurst with Sauer Kraut and hot Applesauce

Then paid. No credit cards accepted

Recognize this dude?

Dad shouts down "That looks like a hell of a lot of fun!"

I don't think they ever got anything but wounded fish. I'm reading the novel "The River Why" right now and it really degrades folks like this...lack of respect for the fish, natural harmony etc...

And a brief walk around Helvetia

After our brief walk, not long enough to burn off any of our delicious and filling meal, we suited up and headed toward Holly River State Park. With some sweet talkn', I convinced Dad to ride the half paved/half dirt route over to Hacker Valley via Holly River Rd out of Pickens. He was a good sport. The views in the trees are sublime.

We rolled out of here then up to the campsite. IT WAS PACKED with RV's! Almost every site was full. We rode down to the end and decided to chose site 87. While returning to pull in to the site who do we see but....THE RICHMONDERS Talk about great timing dudes. We chit chat, set up camp then head for the one and only...Rella's Roadside Cafe, Hacker Valley, WV

The lineup

"Put that darn camera away!" She Says... (no she loves us)

Hard at work in the kitchen preparing our meal

These chips never seem to move. No matter. Great place

Thanks Madstrom...I'm usually the one doing that

I recommended the Meatloaf Sandwich with Mashed Potatoes for $5.95 Always filling

The sweet tea was frozen. We all waited for it to come spilling out on his lap but unfortunately it did not

Still full from my meal at The Hutte, I enjoyed a slice of Graham Cracker Pie and brought Dad, showering at camp, a slice of Lemon Pie.

After our filling meal, I showed the group over Replete Road to the Hanging Rock. We first stopped at the Wheeler Gazebo overlook.

Then down to...

Michub took this Picture. I guess it was the music in my helmet...I don't know what got in to me

We stopped for ice and cokes up the road on the way back to camp.

This group passed us on Replete that is a curvy road I WOULD NOT want to ride in the back of a truck on. Whatever man...

Bikes in the garage.

Time for a brew or two.

Chatted till 10:30 then off to bed. I was swinging in my hammock again. Slept like a rock.

I awoke around 5:30 but didn't get up till 6. Showered then went for a nature walk. I need my alone time in the mornings.

Made a cup of tea on the Holly River.

There were a ton of owls at camp!

Blurry shot of the owl taking flight.

Mornin helmet reflection shot. Sorry for the smudges.

The best chub "Get the F outta my face" shot

We packed up and went back to Rella's for breakfast. This is Jeanice's daughter and Rella's grandaughter helping out while Jeanice is in the hospital.

I challenge you to a duel!

Mornin breakfast shot of Dad's plate.

We slowly finished our meal, had another cup of coffee and chatted with the folks. I then led a spirited ride (read lets play catch up to Mike and Madstrom everyone) down to Webster Springs (gas stop) then rolled out 15 to 219. Here we are waiting for folks to catch up.

All set!

Pretty darn good I'd say

This neat old gas station/antique shop/roadside curiosity is located in Slatyfork. Stop by if you are ever passing through on 219S to Marlinton.

We rolled over to the Highland scenic byway for a spin along 150 in this beautiful weather. I have been up here in crappy rain and fog more times than sun so this was quite a treat.

Awesome views indeed.

After a couple tries, he achieved the grand balancing act. Then left his glasses on the post

Pops and chub

Stop after stop...I'm sure they were getting fed up with my antics. This will be the last stop guaranteed! Honeycomb Rocks.

In fact, this was the last photo as well We made our way quickly down to 39 where a bike race was in progress. Cruised the twisties into Marlinton on 219 then rode 39 east. Pops and I hung a left on 92 in Minnehaha Springs then rode 84 up to a snack stop in Monterrey and 250>42 on home.

Yes I washed the bike, yes my chain is clean, No I am not ashamed

Great time with Dad, perfect weather and less than stellar mileage which means naught. Thanks to all the Richmonders who came out to make this weekend a blast. See you soon in your neck of the woods maybe. Maybe not

Till next weekend.

Lost with Mike
Only those that go would know. - WayneJ
12' Ruckus, 01' R1150GS, 75' XL250
HBurgNinja - The Thread | HBN Boondocking the Nation | Beards to Canada

HBN screwed with this post 07-11-2010 at 05:00 PM
HBN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2010, 06:13 PM   #89
Major Medical
Michhub's Avatar
Joined: Aug 2006
Location: San Tan Valley, AZ
Oddometer: 3,985
Great job Mike...I can only add a few select shots. I will say this, the temps. in WV were heavenly, the roads fantastic and trying to keep up with you and to impossible (hey, I had knobby tires, thats my story)...the 'road' from Helvetia to Pickens was my kinda surface
I will also say that Rella & her little establishment is quite unique and I would not hesitate to get that Meatloaf 'sandwich' with mashed & gravy again, it was awesome after a long day in the saddle I let the selected shots do the talking...

Oh wait, Mike doesn't want HIS picture taken...

Everyone thought, what would happen if these rocks let loose...Ah, well, they have been that way for 313 million years so..........Rella mentioned them and how the local gov't tried to get them taken down, she said, "We faught them!" obviously the locals won that battle...

Along the way Sunday HB recommended the Hghland scenic HW known as 150...very nice!

Sorry HB dad but...what were you doing over there

We experienced some fabulous views...

HB made us hike and stuff...

It was worth it EVER seen rock like this

Notice HB pullin' away from shouldn't bait him like that Mike

Great fun was had by all...Chuck got introduced to a unique collection of inmates and hopefully he'll keep hanging out with us
'07 990ADV '08 530EXCR '04 XR650L
Bonsai Elephant - "
Life without a 990 is no life at all!"
Michhub is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2010, 06:27 PM   #90
I'm better now.
Greenflyfarmer's Avatar
Joined: May 2007
Location: Central Virginia
Oddometer: 1,798
Very nice...well except for the MJ crotch dance in the middle of the street for heaven's sake.
I ain't a going without my hog, my gun, my whisky and my Bible.

Greenflyfarmer is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Times are GMT -7.   It's 05:12 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2015