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Old 03-13-2014, 11:13 PM   #16
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Roads: US 20 - US 119 - US 60 - US 220 - US 219 - RT2 - RT7 - RT5

Good Eats: Cottage Corner Too (Salem) - Fairfield Diner US 50/Snowbird Rd - Purple Fiddle (Thomas) - Jerry's (Grafton) - Biggie's (Grafton) - Exxon Station @Cool Springs

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Old 03-14-2014, 05:03 AM   #17
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Sleep in Luray (A), see the caverns.
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D-E is not for sport, but quiet and nice ride in the wood.
F-G is not that bad.
I cannot compare to other roads around, I only rode those, but I was not disappointed of any.


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Old 03-14-2014, 11:43 AM   #18
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Great info everyone - Thanks!

dddd - great map, I have been adjusting my plan to add in routes suggested here from all and I'm sure glad I have several days!!


Keep the info coming!! Whats your 'can't miss' roads?
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Old 03-14-2014, 03:17 PM   #19
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Great info everyone - Thanks!

dddd - great map, I have been adjusting my plan to add in routes suggested here from all and I'm sure glad I have several days!!


Keep the info coming!! Whats your 'can't miss' roads?
I'd deposit my .02 on Routes 39 and 50. I've ridden 50 on multiple occasions across WV beginning at Winchester (VA) ending at I-79. Beautiful and enjoyable but not nearly as excellent as Rt 39. I ran 39 from Goshen Pass in VA all the way to the end and it was awesome. Truly an excellent road with a nice mix of everything I love about riding (except the mile long train of Harleys going 10 under that I dispatched over three of the plentiful/generous passing zones).

Also, I did the route from outside of Harrisonburg to Seneca Rocks last fall in my Miata. My wife took video of us running the big mountain pass and it was hilarious to hear her grunting and laughing as she held herself and the phone up against the cornering forces. One of my favorite miata roads ever.
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Old 03-14-2014, 04:57 PM   #20
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Teufel's giving you some good suggestions. Don't forget WV 150 Highland Scenic Hwy., Route 28, and VA 55 West from Front Royal to get you started.
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Old 03-14-2014, 06:12 PM   #21
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I'd deposit my .02 on Routes 39 and 50. I've ridden 50 on multiple occasions across WV beginning at Winchester (VA) ending at I-79. Beautiful and enjoyable but not nearly as excellent as Rt 39. I ran 39 from Goshen Pass in VA all the way to the end and it was awesome. Truly an excellent road with a nice mix of everything I love about riding (except the mile long train of Harleys going 10 under that I dispatched over three of the plentiful/generous passing zones).

Also, I did the route from outside of Harrisonburg to Seneca Rocks last fall in my Miata. My wife took video of us running the big mountain pass and it was hilarious to hear her grunting and laughing as she held herself and the phone up against the cornering forces. One of my favorite miata roads ever.
My wife made one trip with me across 33 in my Acura, and then make me take a different road home

Rt 50 right now looks like it has been under artillery fire for a month, so far it has cost my son a wheel on his new car.
It's a disaster.
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Old 03-14-2014, 11:59 PM   #22
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I'm not going to be much help if you are set on riding in West Virginia but I thought I'd put my two cents in anyway.

I grew up and live in the Tazewell area. I learned years ago to never go north into West Virginia. Don't get me wrong. There's some nice places to ride in WVA, I just can't find any I like near Tazewell.

I always go south to hit the ridges and valleys. You get to switch between curvy mountain roads and long fast valley straights.


This is my favorite route for a day ride starting at Tazewell.






It goes from Tazewell to Paint Bank in Craig county and back. It's all pavement although the road conditions will vary from one end of the spectrum to the other.


Some images from past rides:

View from State Route 16 near Tazewell.


On 42 between Bland and Poplar Hill.


On 42 between Newport and New Castle


View from Potts Mountain on State Road 311.


General store at Paint Bank.


State Road 600 a few miles south of Paint Bank.


On 61 between Rocky Gap and Tazewell


If you're interested and want some more info, let me know.
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Old 03-15-2014, 08:26 AM   #23
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Rt 50 right now looks like it has been under artillery fire for a month, so far it has cost my son a wheel on his new car.
It's a disaster.
Damn ... looks that way up here too. Hoping for resurfacing early - not just shitty patch jobs.

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I'm not going to be much help if you are set on riding in West Virginia but I thought I'd put my two cents in anyway.


This is my favorite route for a day ride starting at Tazewell.


Thanks Thumper Pilot - looks like a great run, and I'll add it to my plan.

I should have mentioned that I'm meeting a friend in Marion,VA for the Backroads Spring Fling - so we have a few days in southern (western?) VA beforehand. He's been a few times before so I left the VA part to him but this look like a great ride. After the Backroads ride, I'll be heading to WV for a few days, then back home. Trying to get the best of both while down there!
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Old 03-16-2014, 04:21 PM   #24
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They will repave some of it, but it is normally shitty patch jobs.

Ride it tho, it will be fixed enough by then to be good riding.
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