ALWAYS good to ride in West Virginia! My brother put this ride together for last weekend. Late fall is a great time to ride in West Virginia, especially if you can stand the cool mornings, beautiful scenery, twisty roads, and some unexpected dirt paths. My brother, Ed P. representing BMWBMW, Chuck A. representing Blue Ridge Beemers, Ed S. and myself with Twin Valley Riders all met on Friday evening at Chuck's home in the Shenendoah Valley of Virginia. On Saturday Chuck led us on a spirited twisty ride that led us to Hawks Nest State Park and Lodge where we had reservations for the night.
The view from our room:
Sunday morning was very cool with light frost on the bike seats. Ed S. had to do minor sugury on his electrical plugs to keep his heat going.
Sunday's ride began with descending into the New River Gorge
This road leads down under the "new" New River Gorge Bridge that carries US 19 traffic now. At the bottom of the gorge is the old bridge:
It hard to imagine all the traffic that once traversed this narrow road and bridge.
Later, on a little W.VA county road we came upon an obstruction. Seems its moving day in the hollar:
The road gets narrower:
Then all but disapears under leaves that actually hide a giant mud hole. We took a vote, and majority ruled so we turned back, even tho the GPS says the road goes on, not much traffic had been thru here in a while:
We had hoped to get lunch at this little Taco Stand in the middle of the junction of route 16 and 4, but it was closed on Sunday
Taking a break along route 16:
Interesting fall decorations:
I hope the West VA State Police have a sense of humor
Sunday night we found lodging at North Bend State Park. Cabin was cheap and nice. Included fire wood.
Monday was our final day together. We managed to find more gravel road courtesy of Garmin.
We headed to Seneca Rocks for lunch and dispersed for our homes from there.
Mornings started out in the low to mid 30s, but days warmed up nicely into the 60s. Weather blessed us with sunny skys. West VA blessed us with beautiful pavement, light traffic, and no sign of LEOs.