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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 28th, 2006, 3:52 pm Thread Starter
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Seneca Rocks, WV ride advice wanted

I'll be heading to Cabins, WV end of October for a nice weekend. Anyone have suggestions on good twisties and sights?

Thanks much,
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 28th, 2006, 4:36 pm
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and I was just up that way this past weekend. Here are some good things in the area, and good roads, in no particular order.

US 250 from Elkins to Staunton, VA, (or at least to Monterrey, VA) is a great road. The best climb is the first one, up Cheat Mtn., but after that you just keep going over ridges. There are like 7 of them on that stretch.

On 250, in Durbin, WV, there is a restaurant called the Old Pike Grill that's worth going to. IF it's still in business. The last time I went through there there was a white wreath on the door, and the place was closed. I don't know if that was permanent.

Taking Route 92 from Bartow south, you go through Cass, WV, home of the restored scenic railway. A good stop.

Also on that stretch is Green Bank, home of what must be the largest array of radio telescopes in the east. They give tours.

The road from Cass west to US 219 is a great twisty road. There's not much elevation change, but there's never more than 50 yards of straight road in one stretch.

For just tooling around, the Canaan (pron. ke NANE) Valley is beautiful, and I recall that Blackwater Falls State Park is also nice (been a few years since there).

At some point in that time frame, there's a Mountain Heritage Festival in Elkins which is fun. You'll be too late for the ramp festival (wild onions).

And they have rent-a-horses that you can take up to the top of the Seneca Rocks, available at the store at the corner of WV28 and US 33.

Have a great time.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Oct 1st, 2006, 3:56 am
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Yeah,what Rob said.One thing to be aware of is LEO's.In no way trying to dampen your spirits but traditionally Oct. sees increase in patroling.Its only natural 'cause of leaf peeper traffic.First few gorgeous w/ends in Spring is the other time.Your best time is early am till 11ish.

Just be careful.Give your tyres just a little longer warmup.Watch out for rain,some of these rds. can get snotty after a fresh rain.Prepare for MAJOR temp swings,Gerbings work great.Deer really aren't that bad 'cause Bow and muzzleloading seasons are already in.On the BRP the Deer have been in check 'round here for a month due to Bear dog chase season.But watch the dogs,they like to stand in the middle of the rd.
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Zombiewolf and I have done the Seneca Rocks loop a few times starting from Strasburg, Virginia thru Rte.55 all the way down to Seneca Rocks connecting with 28, then back up the twisties on Rte.33 making the way back up on South Fork Rd. to the moorefiled, WV area. You can Google Map the route and see the twistiness of it on many sections. This loop is an all day affair but very scenic, challenging at points and not so bad with respect to speed traps.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 4:35 pm Thread Starter
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Just be careful.Give your tyres just a little longer warmup.Watch out for rain,some of these rds. can get snotty after a fresh rain.Prepare for MAJOR temp swings,Gerbings work great.
BWS, do you think I'll have to worry about ice in the mountain passes?

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Capt. The local weather men are talking of frost as we speak,this and today's temps will be in the upper 80's.The problem or opportunity,is the Sun.Here in the mnts. there are now spots on the Nrthn slopes that are going to bed for the Winter.IOWs,they will be shaded till next March.Now have am. temps easily in the 30's this time of year and its pretty good chance that there will be slickass conditions.The "opportunity" is to bone up on your sense of direction and overall Zen with the mnt.Simply put,know which side of the mnt. poses the threat.This is also important in the afternoon,low Sun conditions can blind you when "comin 'round the mnt."The trick is to not be in a pegdrag or otherwise comprimising postion with either(Slickspot,Sun)................Another condition to watch for:Take a shaded slope that saw rain a cpl days ago,throw in inadequite(sp)drainage,maybe a little moss,top with wet leaves.I know of several of these spots round here,and we're not the only place it happens.When you see moss growing on the rocks and trees beware.Its pretty cool,albeit dangerous.BW
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We ride down from Michigan each year, the roads that Rob defined are all great riding. Take a look at the SnowShoe Ski Resort

The roads up to the resort and down the other side of the mountain to Cass are fantastic. Also, for a large group you can rent condo's. Great area for riding elevation and twisties!


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