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Old 07-24-2014, 05:42 PM   #1
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West Virginia - Indianapolis Route Suggestion

Hi Folks

I am riding with some friends over to Indianapolis for the MotoGP races. 3 bikes are going, 2 multistradas and a sportbike. Everyone is ok with gravel and light dirt roads.

I have a route planned out and was wondering if anyone familiar with the roads in WV and beyond had input. Have a look at what I've planned so far.



Link for further detail:
https://mapsengine.google.com/map/ed...g.kiCLOSDuvs5U

Thanks all!


EDIT- I made some changes based on the below feedback. Here is the current version.
https://mapsengine.google.com/map/ed...g.kQfwss4xs2oY


Additionally I posted my GPX file.

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Old 07-24-2014, 07:43 PM   #2
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I would suggest picking up Route 20 South at Buckhannon to US 60 West. While you are in Buckhannon you can chose from 2 very good places to eat. Allburgers or CJ Maggies. Both are on Main Street and offer excellent food and legal beverages.

On US 20 you will come across a small diner called Rella's which would be about an hour out of Buckhannon. SHe is an avid pie maker from scratch and is a young 80 year old who welcomes ADV bikes to stop by.

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Old 07-24-2014, 08:33 PM   #3
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you rock! thanks!
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Old 07-25-2014, 02:42 AM   #4
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Another reader had a similar route question a while back and I suggested the following:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...=963544&page=2 See Post #29

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...=963544&page=3 See Post #36

Basically, staying farther east in West Virginia and seeing some landmarks along the way.

If you do come farther west, like iBiker said, Rt 20 is a GREAT ride! And, yes, do stop at Rella's - just south of Hacker Valley - for some homemade pie!

You may also get ideas on my website: www.RidingWV.com

Have a safe trip.


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Old 07-25-2014, 03:52 AM   #5
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FYI, Allburgers is closed in Buckhannon now. CJ Maggies is a good place to eat, and there is one in Elkins if that suits your timing better. But if you take Rt. 20 I would hold off and wait until Rella's. If you go all the way to Jane Lew, The Hickory House is great.
I'm local to that area, so give a shout if you guys need anything while passing through.
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Old 07-26-2014, 09:12 AM   #6
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Old 07-26-2014, 09:24 AM   #7
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Rt 16?

A question for those familiar with the area-
How is Rt 16 coming south from 33 near arnoldsburg?

Rt 20 looks great, but time will only allow for me to take either 16 or 20. Let me know your thoughts between the two routes



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Old 07-26-2014, 10:49 AM   #8
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Im only familiar with 20 having only road a short section of 16. I have heard it is a great road.

I can assure you 20 will not disappoint you.

One thing of note while traveling in WV. Marcellus Wells are sprouting up like dandelions on a fresh cut lawn. This drilling activity has incurred a pretty big strain on the infrastructure to include roads so just be aware that there may be trucks on your routes and sections of roads that may be less than standard. A rough winter did a lot of damage to the roads as well.

Nothing to freak out about just keep it in mind.
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A question for those familiar with the area-
How is Rt 16 coming south from 33 near arnoldsburg?

Rt 20 looks great, but time will only allow for me to take either 16 or 20. Let me know your thoughts between the two routes



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16 from Arnoldsburg puts you on I79. Good ride. My suggestion is to stay on 33 to Ripley or take 119 South out of Spencer.
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Old 08-01-2014, 08:06 AM   #10
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Thanks so much everyone for the feedback. I've updated my route to include the good section of rt 33 from VA and also rt 20 in WV.

Can't wait to ride it next week.

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https://mapsengine.google.com/map/ed...g.kQfwss4xs2oY



And the WVA section


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Old 08-01-2014, 06:36 PM   #11
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Should the need arise, going farther down 81 to Staunton VA will put you on US 250 which is also a beautiful road. 100 miles of two lane bliss.

Either way.........Enjoy!
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Rt33 and 16

Rt 33 from Glenville then Rt 16 south through Clay onto Rt 60 into Charleston would be a good ride, curvy roads or you can follow rt 119/33 into Spencer which is my hometown and hit 119 south for some of the most curvy roads in WV.....and that will take you into Charleston.
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Should the need arise, going farther down 81 to Staunton VA will put you on US 250 which is also a beautiful road. 100 miles of two lane bliss.

Either way.........Enjoy!
I'll have to try that road out when I get up that way!
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Old 08-11-2014, 05:35 PM   #14
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Had a great trip to Indy and races were great too!

U.S. 33 Twisties in WV
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NClTSk4y2u4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHHFvef9eiU

TWVT Off-Roading
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHa4RcIMcvM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2sNuqaKtiI

We really loved U.S. 33 and Rt 20 in WV. Thanks all for the route suggestions!
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