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Old 08-08-2013, 05:18 AM   #151
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Nice RR. With Rhonda around it gives a casual lurker the perception you are a normal guy... don't believe the hype!
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Old 08-08-2013, 06:54 AM   #152
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Nice ride and I think all us ADV'ers with wunderlust have a little hobo in us
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Old 08-08-2013, 06:58 AM   #153
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You are going some nice places. However, I need some rainwater on the turnout fields. Could you please plan a trip across the river for me?
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Old 08-08-2013, 08:28 AM   #154
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You are going some nice places. However, I need some rainwater on the turnout fields. Could you please plan a trip across the river for me?
We sure seem to bring the rain with us this year.

I'd rather you come here and take it with you.
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Old 08-08-2013, 10:03 AM   #155
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Great pics Kev!
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Old 08-08-2013, 10:10 AM   #156
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Thanks Todd. I can't wait to see some from you once you get your bike over there.
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Old 08-08-2013, 11:50 AM   #157
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Looks like you two had a great ride Kevin and Rhonda, you should have checked out beautiful downtown Cunard, WV while you were at the New River Gorge Bridge and said hi to all of my homies! Thank GOD the wee got you home with that suspension set up, after 45,000 miles on our '07 wee, mostly ridden two up and fully loaded, it's more than ready for a complete suspension upgrade, we've been lucky to have made it as far as we have without it failing; 41 states, D.C.. and 5 provinces! Hope to see ya Sunday in Marshall.

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Old 08-09-2013, 01:59 PM   #158
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Looks like you two had a great ride Kevin and Rhonda, you should have checked out beautiful downtown Cunard, WV while you were at the New River Gorge Bridge and said hi to all of my homies! Thank GOD the wee got you home with that suspension set up, after 45,000 miles on our '07 wee, mostly ridden two up and fully loaded, it's more than ready for a complete suspension upgrade, we've been lucky to have made it as far as we have without it failing; 41 states, D.C.. and 5 provinces! Hope to see ya Sunday in Marshall.

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Jeff you related to people in that area? If so there's hardly no way we are not related.
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Old 08-09-2013, 02:35 PM   #159
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After we left Thurmond the GPS showed a road that ran for 12 miles along the New River and would take us to Rt 41, another fun twisty 2-lane. About five miles in the nice gravel road turned into a muddy, rocky goat path that had me wishing I was on the DR.

This is where we should have turned around.



This was one of those deals where the road sucks you in by gradually going from OK to bad. We made it through several mudholes and a couple steep and rocky portions then we ran up to a mudhole that looked like it would swallow a truck.
At this point I was feeling a little nervous, I knew we really shouldn't go any farther but I wasn't feeling very confident about taking us through the stuff we've already gone through a second time. As much as I hate backtracking we did the smart thing and turned around. I don't think Campcook was too impressed with this part of the trip.

By now it's raining pretty steady and there's no easy way to get to 41 since our original route didn't pan out. So we backtracked and took pavement to Oak Hill where we studied the map over a couple subs. From Oak Hill Rt 61 looks like it could be pretty good. We could take that to Charleston head south into the old coal towns in southern WV and southeast KY and maybe check out the Hatfields and McCoys.

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Old 08-10-2013, 02:03 AM   #160
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It's a steep, rocky hike up to the cemetery but worth the walk.








Cute.




We left there and headed for Matewan. Pretty interesting history, if you get the chance watch the movie Matewan with James Earl Jones.









We left Matewan and crossed over into Kentucky. We've been rained on most of the way so we decided to find a hotel. After no luck finding a room in Pikeville we found one in Whitesburg. The next morning we rode to Hazard just to say we've been there. Didn't find much to take a picture of. Here's their main street.



Here's a trash can with the city seal to prove we were there.



We took 80 to Hyden ..........................



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Old 08-10-2013, 02:11 AM   #161
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Old 08-10-2013, 03:42 AM   #162
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Old 08-10-2013, 05:16 AM   #163
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Rt421 from Hyden to Harlan was a sweet stretch of road.







Harlan seemed like a nice town but we didn't see much to keep us there long.





We thought we would be riding over Cumberland Gap but we actually rode through it.



WTF



Fortunately it was only closed long enough for a HazMat escort.

Tennessee







Our destination today.



Where we found.......................OMG, grass clippings flung onto the road. I almost panicked and called Scott P for advice but we got through it.



Natural Tunnel is a real gem.



Active railroad used by Norfolk Southern.



According to the sign this is the real Lover's Leap.











It was getting late so we camped at Natural Tunnel State Park. Not a real pleasant experience, especially for $34. But we did get to camp with a guy on his way to Florida from the U.P. of Michigan on his 1985 BMW and we cooked hot dogs over the fire and topped them off with chili and slaw so it wasn't all bad.
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Old 08-10-2013, 05:56 AM   #164
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We were 300 miles from home and had two days to get there so we decided to take the long way through West Virginia and check out some of the old coal towns. This part of the trip was a real eye opener for me, I have never seen poverty at this level first hand before. I remembered HBN riding through this area and talking about how he felt uncomfortable riding his bike and taking pictures. I knew exactly how he felt, we're out enjoying riding and all around us are people that look like they have nothing. Really disturbing this is so close to home.

The first town we rode through in West Virginia was War.



This building looks like it's been empty for a while. Either it's real peaceful or they have no money for law enforcement, I suspect the latter.



On a happier note Rt 16 out of War is awesome, just have to be mindful of the coal trucks. Just north of War is Coalwood childhood home of Homer Hickam, if you haven't seen the movie October Sky, you should.















We rode by the steps of the McDowell courthouse in Welch where Sid Hatfield of Matewan notoriety was gunned down in broad daylight.



We stopped in at the Sterling Drive In for lunch.





We both had slaw dogs, one of mine disappeared before I could get the camera out.



Somebody's quite the artist.

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Old 08-10-2013, 06:00 AM   #165
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You know you've ridden too much when someone else's route looks familiar great photos Kevin!
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