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Old 03-13-2014, 10:07 AM   #1
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W.Va "must hit" roads

Hey all,

I have 4-5 days to spend in West Virginia in late May ... starting in the south, Bluefield area, coming up from Tazewell, VA

Compared to crap-tastic CT, every damn line on the map is nice and curvy - so where should I be sure to visit? I see route 16, 97, 85 ... it just goes on and on! Doesn't look like there are any bad options - but I'd love some ideas as to which direction I should head and some "can't miss" rides. I'll be camping, so no worries on lodging. Oh - traveling on a road bike, so packed dirt is OK but paved is preferred.

Ultimately I'd like to end up in the northeast, making an easy ride home at weeks end.

How about it gang? Help a yankee out Thanks!
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Old 03-13-2014, 10:12 AM   #2
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All roads in WV are flat and straight.
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Old 03-13-2014, 10:55 AM   #3
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greenbriar co, randolph co, parts of webster co (roads have pot holes though), pocahontas co
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Old 03-13-2014, 11:06 AM   #4
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Since you mentioned Tazewell I'd make a point of hitting Rt 16 up through Mullens to start.
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Old 03-13-2014, 11:30 AM   #5
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Rather than run 16 all the way up to Mullens, slide over to Bluefield and catch 71 to connect with 10 at Matoaka. Then take 10 to Mullens. That section of 16 is "OK" but IMO, just OK. 16 get really good up north of Gauley Bridge (give my regards to the troopers in Gauley Bridge). 20 is good between Webster Springs and Holly River St. Pk. 15 from Web.Sprs to Valley Head isn't bad. 39 is good in lots of places clear into VA. US250 from West Augusta, Va to Huttonsville has some real good spots. US33 from Seneca Rocks to where things flattening out in VA is good. 311 in Va from New Castle to WS Springs is good and 42 S of New Castle is good. If you have a solid 4 days, my recommendation is to use day one as a travel day to stage for two one day, long day rides and day 4 to get heading back. Use day two to run maybe more to the west and day three to run more to the east. There are great roads everywhere, so some kind of plan to maximize you time in the twisties is a must or you'll spend most of your time gazing at the scenery rather than getting motion sickness hittin' the twisties. LOL
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Old 03-13-2014, 11:37 AM   #6
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greenbriar co, randolph co, parts of webster co (roads have pot holes though), pocahontas co
Right now, nearly every road in the state has potholes.

Rt 50 east of Bridgeport and over into MD is good.
Rt 16

Rt 219, good stuff.
Smoke Hole Rd
Rt 72 north from the Canaan Valley area all the way to Rt 7, right turn onto 7, left onto St Joe Rd and then right onto 26 and this will take you to I68 or a few other little known roads that run into PA.

Rt 33 from just west of Harrisonburg, VA into WV. Up to Franklin and then to Seneca Rocks......

On and on.

Camping is easy, campgrounds all over.

You can head east and grab 220 to take you north into PA, then find your way east from there.
I worked in CT last year, know the slab route well. But fun roads are not always fun in a 3/4 ton truck.
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Old 03-13-2014, 11:52 AM   #7
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Try my website for ideas: www.RidingWV.com

The website is a hobby of mine - kind of relaxation therapy when I'm not riding. Still working on it, so some pages are pretty empty. We moved in December and I'm still unpacking boxes, so I haven't done much to it since fall. Check out the Street Rides and Backroads Rides pages, as well as Destinations.

Hope this helps.

And, yes, some of the roads are in really bad shape PLUS lots of sand/cinders/gravel from winter. Hope it's cleared off some by the time you come.
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Old 03-13-2014, 12:21 PM   #8
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Right now, nearly every road in the state has potholes.
Yup - roads here got really torn up as well... nasty winter, still snowing here today.

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Try my website for ideas:.
Thanks for the link... The Beckley loop looks like a promising day(s) ride.

Loving the suggestions

Keep the suggestions coming ... I've got 4 days to fill!
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Old 03-13-2014, 12:30 PM   #9
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If you have a solid 4 days, my recommendation is to use day one as a travel day to stage for two one day, long day rides and day 4 to get heading back. Use day two to run maybe more to the west and day three to run more to the east.
This was my plan - Appreciate the info.

According to the map and WVhillbilly rte 16 is Thumbs up, so thats a given! 250 and 33 will certainly make the cut as well.
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250 is good stuff all the way into the northern panhandle.
If you get that far http://www.wvpentours.com/
And http://www.marxtoymuseum.com/
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250 and 33 will certainly make the cut as well.
Good eats can be had at Highs Restaurant in Monterey, VA. on US-250 just west of US-220...


...the Station 2 in Durbin, WV. on US-250...


...The Alpine Motel in Alpena, WV. on US-33...


...The Gateway Restaurant on US-33 in Riverton, WV...

(The road up to Spruce Knob is here at the restaurant, it's paved all the way to the top. Worth the trip if the weather's clear and you have the time.)

The view west from Spruce Knob.


...more good eats...
...at Fox's Pizza Den in Brandywine, WV. on US-33...


...and the Fireside Cafe in Franklin, WV. on US-33/US-220.


If you run into "Crazy Annie" in Franklin, tell her Dennis says hi.
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But Rella's isn't open anymore.

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I was getting ready to post Rella's and...

There's another good restaurant in Beverly, WV. on the north bound side of US-219, but I don't have a pic and can't remember the name of the place.

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Old 03-13-2014, 05:12 PM   #15
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Definitely don't miss the Burke's Garden loop (Rte 623) outside of Tazewell. Although paved it's absolutely beautiful !! Route 61 from Tazewell to Narrows is a nice scenic ride instead of Route 460.
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