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Old 06-02-2013, 06:09 AM   #1
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Leaving 6/5 with my girlfriend on tow, this will be her biggest road trip yet, by far. Planning on leaving wednesday morning, returning home sunday. Tent camping of course!

We want to see amish country PA, Harpers Ferry, take the BRP from start to meadows of dan, check out mabry mill, new river gorge and then WV20 for some twisties up to trans-allegheny asylum, seneca rocks, and the flight 93 memorial.

Any other suggestions? Also, with the route I'm posting here (no interstates) am I setting myself up for some serious traffic... maybe near lancaster? Any other sights near my route I should consider stopping by?

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Old 06-02-2013, 07:02 PM   #2
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Millersburg ferry

Access to this cool old diesel powered wooden water wheel ferry -which crosses the Susquehanna River- is a campground near the intersection of US routes 11/15 & PA 34. runs from the campground to Millersburg on the east side of the river. 6.00 more or less, for a bike and two riders. WAY worth the time.

YES, I would avoid Lancaster at all costs. No easy way to get there, and traffic off US 30 down there is horrendous. "Amish country" is in many different places- no need to go down to Lancaster County. PA route 45 east of State College, around Milheim is one good place- lots of Amish out there, also in Milhiem is the Elk Creek Brewery and restaurant- (closed Tuesday) excellent ales and really great fresh food sourced from farms immediately local to the neighborhood. Access that area off US 220 out of Lock Haven- zig zag down hopping ridges and valleys (64>445/192/445>45 at Milheim- Elk Creek Cafe is on your right at the light). 120 above Lock Haven follows the west brach of the Susquehanna- fantastic road- you can get down to it on just about any road off US 6 west of Wellsboro. Check Hyner Point (Hyner View?) near Renovo for a great vista overlooking the river.

Another good area for Amish is PA route 75 between US 30 and US 322.

West of that intersection of PA route 75 & US 30 is US 522- I just had a great ride down thru WV- US 522 to Berekley springs, R on WV9 to 29, to US 50 to US 220. Awesome ride all the way to Covington, VA. On the other side of the ridges is VA rte 42. Runs from Harrisonburg to Abingdon VA, and no major towns and no traffic.

From Tazewell to Marion VA runs VA 16- The Back Of The Dragon. Great ride. 16 crosses 42, BTW. In Marion, eat at The Apple Tree Restaurant- about the only non chain place in town. Just off I-81.

I see ya wanna ride the BRP/Skyline Drive. I've had some great rides there- as well as some that have been horrendous- in rain & fog. If the weather sucks, you can access US highways east or west of the BRP to get south (or north depending on your direction of travel. Sundays later in the day, and Monday AMs are best for moving on the BRP. Skyline Drive is cool and you can access it off US 522 at Front Royal.
35 MPH on Skyline Drive, tho.


West of US 522 up in PA, where US 30 intersects with PA 31 is the Jean Bonnet Tavern. Decent food and a great selection of PA micro brews on tap. Nice deck outside, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED if you're going that way.
Also out that way- Mt Davis, the highest point in PA- not very dramatic in and of itself- but the riding in the area is phenomenal. US 219 runs right thru there and of course goes down to WV. Follow the local roads (look for the scenic "dotted line" routes on your map- 653 from Somerset to Normalville (SERIOUSLY! ) and 381 south to Ohiopile- sweet riding!
take 31 off 30 to Berlin and pick up 219 to 653. Cut back to 219 on US 40.

All this is near the Flight 93 memorial. US 30 is not so sweet. Kinda blah, IMO. 31 is better, cuts out to the south.

Frank LLoyd Wright's FallingWater is right above Ohiopile, too- if that strikes your fancy at all.

How much time you got?

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Old 06-02-2013, 07:43 PM   #3
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Awesome - thanks for the insight. Fallingwater is neat, I may go see it afterall. I will check out those roads.

I will post a writeup with pictures once I'm home.
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:43 AM   #4
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My pleasure.

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Old 06-03-2013, 08:08 AM   #5
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Word to the wise...

Exceeding the posted speed limit by 20 mph on the BRP is a felony. I saw them cuff and stuff a squid for that.

Sounds like you have a great trip planned!

Ricochetrider is right on the money!
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:36 AM   #6
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I just did this weekend, Rt 16 from Beckley, WV to Marion, VA is excellent. The section from Tazwell to Marion, VA is probably the best in VA......there's also Rt 58
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:39 AM   #7
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Leaving 6/5 with my girlfriend on tow, this will be her biggest road trip yet, by far. Planning on leaving wednesday morning, returning home sunday. Tent camping of course!

We want to see amish country PA, Harpers Ferry, take the BRP from start to meadows of dan, check out mabry mill, new river gorge and then WV20 for some twisties up to trans-allegheny asylum, seneca rocks, and the flight 93 memorial.

Any other suggestions? Also, with the route I'm posting here (no interstates) am I setting myself up for some serious traffic... maybe near lancaster? Any other sights near my route I should consider stopping by?

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=bullvi...en&sa=N&tab=wl
Rt. 60 from Rainelle, WV to Rt 19 (New River Gorge) is pretty good too and if you're in that area Rt 66 from Cass, WV to Snowshoe Ski resort is fanastic
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Old 06-05-2013, 03:29 AM   #8
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Its 630am, getting ready to leave. Our clothes, rain gear and camping equipment is packed. Hoping to stay dry most of the time!



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Old 06-05-2013, 04:52 AM   #9
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camp at Willville, Meadows of Dan va
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:12 AM   #10
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Check the weather before you go - there's supposed to be a big low pressure system forming in the Gulf west of Florida that will start tracking north up the east coast/Blue Ridge Mountains. We expect showers in Lexington, VA starting Thursday evening, heavy rain all day Friday, and tailing off Saturday. Sunday through Tuesday looks to be glorious, of course.

From the forecast I saw this AM it looks like things will be much drier to the west so if you need you can detour that direction early and ride more of West Virginia... New River Gorge area is AWESOME, and the roads around Seneca Rocks etc. are glorious!

Have fun, hope it doesn't rain on your parade!

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Old 06-06-2013, 04:36 AM   #11
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Oooops, too late with the warning, I guess. Woke up to heavy rain this AM (Thursday) after a night of sprinkles. The reports say expect this all day and then REALLY heavy rain all day Friday. Hopefully you guys are west of this mess by now...

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Old 06-06-2013, 05:06 AM   #12
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Oooops, too late with the warning, I guess. Woke up to heavy rain this AM (Thursday) after a night of sprinkles. The reports say expect this all day and then REALLY heavy rain all day Friday. Hopefully you guys are west of this mess by now...

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Safe travels to the intrepid duo. No such thing as a bad day of motorcycling?
Well... some days are a little less good than others. Hope the tires and rain gear are up to the task. Looking forward to seeing the pix, and hearing about this one.
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Old 06-06-2013, 02:39 PM   #13
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ricochetrider you are giving away all the PA secrets. Very good suggestions though.
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Old 06-06-2013, 06:00 PM   #14
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Ride safe. It seems wet weather is all over us next few days.
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:29 PM   #15
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Near Lexington now, Yup it was too late!.... Only did 150 miles today due to some heavy rain and intense fog on the bro. Heading to new river gorge tomorrow
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