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We were going to take a ride over into WV on Labor Day wknd but Issac decided he would change those plans so we changed the date to Sept 8th & 9th.

I know nothing of the area but found some info on a WV tourism site. It gave several different motorcycle rides and I thought this one looked & sounded interesting. Its described as a much better ride than the Dragon. Also, one of the stops along the way is to the historic Civil War era Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum which is open for tours and ghost hunting expeditions.

This is a map I got from that site outlining the ride.



We would love to do a meet & greet as well. So if anyone from the area has suggestions on things to do, eat or see, lets hear em. And we'll decide where to meet up.
 

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Been to the Asylum, creepy,

I'm actually planning a trip back down there on the 14th of sept.
Check out Pocahontas county, WV. They have a brochure with several motorcycle Trips routed out
 

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Route 16 is awesome. I suggest if it's going to be wet to wait for dry weather on it though, it becomes very slick from the coal dust (haven't experienced the wet conditions but was told over and over from friends that have).

16 is great all the way down into NC.

Rode it all back in June.
 

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I'm in Tracy!!! There are so many rides and they are all great. I would suggest taking in rt 60 through Hawks Nest (over and under New River Gorge Bridge) to Lewisburg up US 219 to the Highland Scenic Hwy. Then over to Elkins and the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston. Go back to the WV Tourism sight and look at the Southern rides. It's the last one combined with the one you posted.
 

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I'm actually planning a trip back down there on the 14th of sept.
+1, if weather or cicumstance causes you to push it back another week to the 15th Im in as well..I have to work the 8th. Isaac looks like it may screw up my BRP trip this weekend though Im still gonna wait a couple days to decide....the model they were showing in Chicago last night it has the storm going straight north thru here and it being dry in Va., soo we'll see.

BTW when I got my bike back the other day I rode 421 south out of Berea to Manchester, I got turned around in Manchester when I got gas and ended up in London. 80 was so good across there I couldnt tell I was on the wrong road, BUT going south on 421 was getting better and better and the first sunny day home I will be back and get to the snake!
 

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I'm in Tracy!!! There are so many rides and they are all great. I would suggest taking in rt 60 through Hawks Nest (over and under New River Gorge Bridge) to Lewisburg up US 219 to the Highland Scenic Hwy. Then over to Elkins and the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston. Go back to the WV Tourism sight and look at the Southern rides. It's the last one combined with the one you posted.
Couldn't agree more. Riding the "Midland Trail" as Route 60 is referred to by locals is a great ride. River views, waterfalls, a lot of road side stops. How are you riding up from Brandenberg? If you go Ky-WV through the Huntington area Rt 2 is a nice alternate between Huntington and Point Pleasant with some interesting stops. One in particular is Hill Billy Hot Dogs http://www.hillbillyhotdogs.com/ I actually did a review for The Rt 60 ride a few years ago on this site http://www.motorcycleroads.us/roads/wv_us60.html . Also of note, Pocahontas County as mentioned before. If you plan an overnight stay, I'd suggest Snow Shoe Ski resort. You can see beautiful views from the mountain, check out the Cass Railroad at the bottom of the mountain and see many other sites nearby. My parents actually own a cabin in that area and we visit often when I'm CONUS. Hope I can join up with you guys once I'm back at Knox...The countdown is 99 days as of today!
 

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If that particular weekend isn't set in Stone, you might go on the weekend of 20 October. Thats the weekend of Bridge Day at the New River and near the peak for fall colors in the Mountains. Sorry for blabbering but I LOVE this area. I grew up riding and visiting here.
 

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Thanks for all the suggestions everyone. I'll definitely check them out.

Quicksand: Frankie works on the 15th. We are going to Muskegon on 10-20. You off that wknd? I'll PM ya more info about it.
Wish I knew you were gonna end up in London, I would have sent you to a great hotdog place called The Rootbeer Stand down the rd in Corbin. I lived in London for 15 yrs before I moved here.

Radioactive: I PMd ya

Chag: Thanks for all the info. The blabbering is much appreciated...lol Let us know when youre back here and we'll meet up.
 

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Isaac screwed with my Labor Day weekend plans as well. It appears it will be headed straight towards St. Louis right on Friday and Saturday. :mad::mad: I might have tried to join you on this otherwise.

Oh well, we really do need the rain. Farmers and Ranchers around Missouri are dumping their livestock because there is absolutely nothing to feed them, and no water for them.

Not sure what I'll be doing for the weekend now :( Might just have to throw the family in the pickup and do a Cager Run for BBQ in KC. Anybody know a good BBQ joint in KC ;):rolleyes:;)
 

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Wow, I'm sort of jealous. I've been to Hawks Nest in a 4 wheeler and a fabulous road. Rte 19, if memory serves me correct, was the most treacherous road in America. Use to run big trucks down from NW Pa to points south. My family reunion is in Webster Springs every August and hope that I can start making more often. Have a great and safe ride!!
 

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Wow, I'm sort of jealous. I've been to Hawks Nest in a 4 wheeler and a fabulous road. Rte 19, if memory serves me correct, was the most treacherous road in America. Use to run big trucks down from NW Pa to points south. My family reunion is in Webster Springs every August and hope that I can start making more often. Have a great and safe ride!!
I have driven US-19 south from Morgantown, in a Rental Car, all the time thinking I would love to ride this road. I stopped at Clarksburg, since that was where I was working at the time. If you follow US-19 on down quite a ways, you come to the New River Gorge Bridge. Take the road underneath it (old US-19) for some spectacular scenery.


Before you get there, hang a right on US-60 at Hico and you'll find New River Gorge Harley-Davidson. Nice place, seems like it is in the middle of nowhere. They will give you directions to get down under the bridge.
 

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Tracy -
I live/work about 20 miles from the VA/WV state line, and we have several WV folks at my employer. I did some asking about, and the ride you chose happens to be the one most recommend as the best ride. If you want more details, let me know what info you would like and I'll ask around. I am starting to gain some interest in this ride. It's in the boonies of WV, and those who know it say it's amazingly beautiful.
 

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Awesome, thanks a bunch! I'll do some more planning on this tomorrow. Radioactive has given me some good options too. I just need to sit down and figure out what & where we can go with the time frame we have.
 

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I just need to sit down and figure out what & where we can go with the time frame we have.
So many good roads, so little time.....

The wife just scrapped our plans for a Nashville ride that weekend, so a WV ride is a strong possibility. We have a friend we've been threatening to visit near Green Bank, so your ride might work well for us.
 

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Ok I think Ive got this trip pretty well narrowed down. Lemme know if anyone wants the GPS files. All of the times depends on number of gas stops we make (the rgu gets thirsty pulling a trailer) and the weather. Right now there is rain forecasted but it is a week away so who knows.
Radioactive-I have your cell and will keep you posted as to where we are. We just need to decide when and where we'll meet.

Day 1:
Home to New River Gorge HD via I-64 and WV 60
Depart 4am-Arrival approx 10-11ish

New River Gorge to Pies & Pints in Fayetteville for lunch
Approx 8 miles
Then onto Hawks Nest (I know we are back tracking a few miles but we gotta fit lunch in there and the pizza joint had really good reviews)
After Hawks Nest we'll head back toward New River Gorge Bridge. We want to go over the bridge as well as under it and do some riding. From what Ive been reading, the road under the bridge is a one lane/one way road. 82 is the rd # I think. Im not sure where to get on it at but Im sure we'll find out.
From there, ride down to Mt Hope and then take 41 up to Summersville where we will stay.
Then dinner somewhere.

Day 2:
Depart Summersville to Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asyslum for a tour
We will take 39 east to 16. Ride 16 to 4 north to 79 and then onto the Asylum.

The tours on Sunday start at noon so we will grab breakfast pretty early and be at the asylum when they open for the first tour. After the tour, we'll grab lunch and head home. The tour is approx 1 1/2 to 2 hrs long.

If time allows on Sat, we will ride as much as possible but ya never can figure how long lunch will take as well as photo-ops, etc. So all of Sat can be adjusted as we see fit.
 

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Pies&pints has the best wings in the world. The pizzas great,the small salad is big enough for two. I have a couple rafts so I'm there often.
 
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