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Wanting Routes In Eastern West Virginia(4 posts)

Wanting Routes In Eastern West VirginiaGandalfTheWhite
Aug 11, 2003 12:27 PM
I am going to visit family in West Virginia. They live in Richwood, which is part of the Appalachians. I was hoping someone on here could give me good routes for about 50 miles of riding each day with some good climbs in this area. We want to head Northeast out of the Richwood area. Thanks!!!!
Gaaahhh! You wanna road ride in WV?Humma Hah
Aug 11, 2003 2:16 PM
... well, it CAN be done. I used to see pacelines many weekends along Rt. 50, although it always seemed too narrow and busy to be safe. Had not seen any in roadies there in years, until there was a small swarm running Rt. 50 in Romney two weekends ago.

Keep to the lesser-used back roads, where the traffic is light enough you are unlikely to need to dive for a ditch. Remember the rules:

1. Life is cheap in West Virginia.

2. On country roads, cars take their half out of the middle.

3. They ain't never SEEN a bicycle on that road before.

4. Road maintenance is done about every 20 years ... a new bucket of chip'n'tar.
And #5...jesse1
Aug 12, 2003 2:35 AM
...If you stop at a country store in the middle of no-where, and someone offers to teach you the words to "Dueling Banjos", attempt a new personal record for the 30 mile TT.
In all seriousness though, unless you're able to ride with a couple of other people, you'd be better off bringing a mountain bike. WV has great off-road riding.
WV Gereat Place to Ride...paddlechris
Aug 11, 2003 5:40 PM
Ignore Humma HA... I lived in WV for 28 Years and road for almost 15 of them, Road and Mt.

WV is a great place to live and ride. If you are going to be in Richwood, you will be on the side of the Mongahlia National Forest. You can ride some of the roads in the area, they are steep, but fun. Take a MT Bike if you have one, and you can make a trip to slatty fork, or snowshoe. not far from there. If you would like to talk give me an e-mail and I can give you a couple phone numbers for people who can help you.

Later Chris