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Old 06-15-2013, 03:38 AM   #376
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Just got back from a visit with my son in Bar Harbor. Enjoy your trip.


That is a wonderful area.Last year I rode to Bar Harbor and Acadia NP.
On the way there I rode up Mt.Washington Auto Road in New Hampshire also.
We camped at Seawall Campground in Acadia for a few days.
It looks like your picture is taken from Cadillac Mountain ?
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Yes. Cadillac Mountain.
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Old 06-15-2013, 06:26 PM   #378
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Ferry across the Ohio River

DAY 2 - SATURDAY - 15 JUNE 2013

This morning I rolled out of Wooster on 250 and then rode twisty and hilly 800 down to Fly,Ohio.



Then I took the Ferry across the Ohio River to Sistersville, West Virginia.

Loading my motorcycle on a Ferry and traversing a body of water very much stirs the adventurous spirit in my soul !!!!




Operating since 1815, the ferry is the longest continuous working mode of transportation in Monroe County and one of only four remaining on the Ohio River between Pittsburgh and the Mississippi River. It is the only one in operation along the 277 miles of river bordering West Virginia.


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Old 06-15-2013, 07:52 PM   #379
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Seneca Rocks, West Virginia

Next stop was Seneca Rocks, WV.
This is a popular place for rock climbers.




Seneca Rocks is a large crag and local landmark in Pendleton County in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, USA. It is the only "true peak" (a peak inaccessible except by technical rock climbing techniques) on the East Coast of the United States. One of the best-known scenic attractions in West Virginia, the sheer rock faces are a popular challenge for rock climbers.
Seneca Rocks is easily visible and accessible along West Virginia Route 28 near U.S. Route 33 in the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area of the Monongahela National Forest.






After browsing a few shops around here I rode to Front Royal, Virginia at the foot of "Skyline Drive" and checked in a room for the night.

Today I rode 400 miles of twisty mountain 2 lane roads.

Tommorow I have my sights set on "Skyline Drive" which is the Northern 100 mile section continuation of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Over the years I have rode all of the Blue Ridge Parkway in sections but have never taken the time to ride the "Skyline Drive " section.
Hopefully I have good visibility because the views are stunning.


DAY 2 ROUTE MAP

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Old 06-16-2013, 04:19 AM   #380
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West Virginia is awesome.

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Old 06-16-2013, 05:22 AM   #381
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West Virginia is awesome.

I hear you, I don't think there is a bad road in the whole state. LOL.

I just had a motivational breakfast in the lobby of the motel with a couple of Appalachian Trail hikers.They are 75 years old !!!

They have through hiked it already years ago and are now section hiking it again.

I love seeing guys like this that are still going strong, it gives promise for the rest of us !!!
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Old 06-16-2013, 05:35 AM   #382
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Seneca Rocks ... Rock! Nice hike up. I love WV too!
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Seneca Rocks is near the area I'm from. Like everywhere, there is good and bad about it. Great photos!
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Skyline Drive, Virginia

DAY 3 - SUNDAY - 16 JUNE 2013

Skyline Drive is within Shenandoah National Park.



The Shenandoah Valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a Wilderness Playground !!!





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Mamma Bear and 2 cubs

After 15 miles into Skyline Drive I caught a glimpse of a Bear just at the edge of the woodline near the road as I passed, so I quickly turned around and pulled up to within about 20 feet of Momma and 2 tiny cubs.

She looked me right in the eyes as the 2 babys stood up and put their paws on the tree ready to go up if they had to and looked at me also.

It was a classic cub pose with one on each side of the tree.

After a few moments they all slowly wandered off back in the woods.
Thats when I went for the camera and only got a shot of mamma as she was leaving.


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After 15 miles into Skyline Drive I caught a glimpse of a Bear just at the edge of the woodline near the road as I passed, so I quickly turned around and pulled up to within about 20 feet of Momma and 2 tiny cubs.
She looked me right in the eyes as the 2 babys stood up and put their paws on the tree ready to go up if they had to and looked at me also.
It was a classic cub pose with one on each side of the tree.
After a few moments they all slowly wandered off back in the woods.
Thats when I went for the camera and only got a shot of mamma as she was leaving.
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We saw you go by heading South when we stopped at an Overlook. Love the pictures and I am jealous that you got the shot of a Bear ;) Every time we tried to get a picture of any of the wildlife (big scary deer, rabbits and other critters) they escaped before we could snap them. No bears though. That's a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you look at it

Actually it was a bit of interesting timing. Wife and I pulled off on the GS and were chatting with some tailgate bbq'rs and talking gas mileage. I had just mentioned meeting you on that KLR with the 10Gal tank and told them they'd probably see you if they were there much longer and right then you came around the bend on your pegs :)

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We saw you go by heading South when we stopped at an Overlook. Love the pictures and I am jealous that you got the shot of a Bear ;) Every time we tried to get a picture of any of the wildlife (big scary deer, rabbits and other critters) they escaped before we could snap them. No bears though. That's a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you look at it

Actually it was a bit of interesting timing. Wife and I pulled off on the GS and were chatting with some tailgate bbq'rs and talking gas mileage. I had just mentioned meeting you on that KLR with the 10Gal tank and told them they'd probably see you if they were there much longer and right then you came around the bend on your pegs :)

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That was cool meeting you.

If we had time we could have talked bikes all day.

Hey, what is the name of the place in Surry that has the great Shecrab soup ??
If you let me know I will go try it.
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More Skyline Drive



Skyline Drive has alot of Scenic pullouts for picture taking opportunities !!!



Skyline Drive is a 105‑mile road that runs the entire length of the National Park Service's Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, generally along the ridge of the mountains.



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Appalachian Trail

At one of the Trail sections I parked the bike and went for a little hike to stretch my legs.

Someday I would like to take the time to hike the AT.

I remember talking about that 25 years ago with a buddy of mine when stationed on the DMZ in Korea. It was our dream to hike the AT.
Back then we were like mountain goats hiking the Mountains of Korea constantly.

One time our company did a Force march with full combat load from the DMZ to Seoul non stop.
40 miles in about 17 hours.
The next day we were all limping around with water blisters the whole length of our feet.lol.

Now I'm getting old but if those 75 year old guy's are doing it maybe I will get my chance.

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