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Old 11-08-2004, 08:34 AM   #1
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Question Veteran's Day weekend, but where to go, what to see?

I am considering taking Friday off and doing a 4 day bike trip. I'm looking for 1) good twisty roads, 2) good scenery 3) a little bit of adventure.

I'll be starting from Washington, DC.

But I need some suggestions! Where should I go, cool things I should see, etc...

Right now, I'm leaning towards going to New River Gorge Bridge, and exploring that general area. Another option would be the Outer Banks, but I don't think there are any good roads out there.... I would prefer to head south, because of weather...

So... where should I go?
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Old 11-08-2004, 09:08 AM   #2
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I am considering taking Friday off and doing a 4 day bike trip. I'm looking for 1) good twisty roads, 2) good scenery 3) a little bit of adventure.

I'll be starting from Washington, DC.

But I need some suggestions! Where should I go, cool things I should see, etc...

Right now, I'm leaning towards going to New River Gorge Bridge, and exploring that general area. Another option would be the Outer Banks, but I don't think there are any good roads out there.... I would prefer to head south, because of weather...

So... where should I go?

Ask those guys on dcsportbikes.com, they should be able to help.


Been to outerbanks, there is nothing there. You can ride on the beach, thats the only reason I would go there again.

The new river gorge has plenty of stuff to see. Just get a map and look for twisty roads. Simple.
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Old 11-08-2004, 09:23 AM   #3
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Go West and South...

Hey Witold - I was temperarily assigned in DC for a year or so. I took a bike with me to see the countryside on weekends. I did quite a bit of the eastern shore. Other then a couple Chesapeak bergs, it wasn't very interesting.

I enjoyed the mountains west and south of DC. Even PA. If I had 4 days, I'd be going back roads to Gettysburg, then working south thru New River Gorge to Knoxville, then back east across the mtns and north again to DC. Great country and lots of fun roads to buzz. It was new for me, so I probably missed all the attractions. But I loved it through there. I'd stay off that Blu Ridge Pkwy thing, though. It was too slow with sightseers.

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Old 11-08-2004, 09:40 AM   #4
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You ever try going somewhere else other than the new river gorge. There are other places to see. Try going north for once.
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Old 11-08-2004, 09:59 AM   #5
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I am considering taking Friday off and doing a 4 day bike trip. I'm looking for 1) good twisty roads, 2) good scenery 3) a little bit of adventure.

I'll be starting from Washington, DC.

But I need some suggestions! Where should I go, cool things I should see, etc...

Right now, I'm leaning towards going to New River Gorge Bridge, and exploring that general area. Another option would be the Outer Banks, but I don't think there are any good roads out there.... I would prefer to head south, because of weather...

So... where should I go?
I expect everyone will tell you WVa is 100x better for general motorcycle riding goodness because it is. Even the interstates are kinda fun to ride there. Outer banks is long and straight w/ not much to see except (if your bike is up to it) there are a few places where you can go on the beach. When you get to Hatteras / Ocracoke you either have to go back the way you came or take a REALLY long ferry ride (2+ hours) to cedar Island or Swan Quarter.

If you really want to go down the coast, a better option IMO is to take back roads down the mainland side of the sound. A couple (literally - there are 2 ) curves, a few short ferry rides, more to see and way less touristy.. Look up places like Manns Harbor, Swan Quarter, and Beaufort NC
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Old 11-08-2004, 10:17 AM   #6
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You ever try going somewhere else other than the new river gorge. There are other places to see. Try going north for once.
I've never been to the new river gorge.

I want to go south, because I don't have an electric vest yet, and I prefer warmer weather.

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There are other places to see.
Then why don't you be constructive and suggest some of these palces? Give me ideas, whet my appetite. That's why I made this post.
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Old 11-08-2004, 11:56 AM   #7
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You should look into buying a heated jacket. I love mine. Let's me ride all winter. Obx is ok. I go on day trips from DC to ride in the sand. But only if it's cold. The sand is harder, and I don't get stuck so much. It's kind of a boring ride down, though. Sorry I don't have any other suggestions. Having 2 days off a week is new to me. I'm used to 1 or none.
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Old 11-08-2004, 12:37 PM   #8
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I want to go south, because I don't have an electric vest yet, and I prefer warmer weather.
Much of the twisty goodness SW of here is at some elevation and will therefore be a bit nipply this time of year. You won't necessarily need an e-vest but don't expect warm "southern" weather either.

From D.C. head west into West Virginny. Turn south and roll for a day or two, wiggling over hill and dale. Sneak into N.C.. Turn NE and head for the barn. If you keep moving you'll have a fun four days.

If you give us a better idea of where exactly you want to go we can give you better route suggestions.
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Old 11-08-2004, 01:02 PM   #9
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I've never been to the new river gorge.

I want to go south, because I don't have an electric vest yet, and I prefer warmer weather.



Then why don't you be constructive and suggest some of these palces? Give me ideas, whet my appetite. That's why I made this post.
Fooled me, with all your talking about going to the new river gorge, I would think you been there tons of times.

I agree with xsquiggy, that area where Steverino lives is great. Probably the best roads in VA. As much as I like it, there are many other places I like riding. Pennsylvania is pretty cool, if you go towards state college.

With 4 days, try going to the mountains in Georgia. If I had 4 days, id ride up to new england. Or Ohio. Or niagara falls. Or tennesse. Im tired of riding in VA.

Try riding to the eastern shore, then following the coast down. Its not as boring as most people lead you to think. But I would avoid the outer banks. It basically has 1 road going north and south, and no smaller roads to avoid the traffic.

I rode there on my klr650, and really loved riding on the beach. Thats the only good part.

If you have a gps you can find backroads everywhere.
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Old 11-09-2004, 12:02 PM   #10
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days'll be nice ... be somewhere by dark, it gets chilly quick when a mountain blocks the sun late in the day
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Lot’s of good suggestions, I agree with the Mushman that it prolly will be nippy unless you ride way south or go to the OBX (OBX is interesting for a naturalist, but not so much for a motorcyclist). Xsquiggy’s suggestion about goin down Blacksburg way is a good and Scorch’s Idea on PA is not a bad one at all – State College area and then MikeO had a interesting report on Centralia, Pa http://www.offroaders.com/album/centralia/centralia.htm - would make a great ride IMHO . Also Google on the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon in the Tioga State Forest http://www.visittiogapa.com/grandcanyon.html Would love to join ya, but no can do at this time mate…
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