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Routes in West Virginia(4 posts)

Routes in West Virginiathorman
Aug 22, 2001 5:40 PM
Any good sites with routes in West Virginia?
I'd like to hear of some myself ...Humma Hah
Aug 28, 2001 7:11 AM
... I used to see pretty good-sized pacelines of roadbikes on US 50 between about Romney and Winchester, VA. I stopped seeing them a few years ago. That stretch of road is mostly 2-lane with a 55 mph speed limit and little or no shoulder, with heavy traffic, and does not look like a lot of fun.

If you can stand some cyclocrossing, I'm told the C&O Canal Towpath is good, along the Potomac, actually in Maryland, but bordering WV on the western end.

There are swarms of back roads with little traffic that a roadbike could certainly negotiate. However, we have a saying in WV, when we're driving up a hill and somebody blows past us across a double-yellow line: "Life is cheap in West Virginia!" Beware the cars. Half of 'em have probably never SEEN a bicycle on the road!
The Local Character, Burlington WV ...Humma Hah
Aug 29, 2001 8:03 AM
... which reminds me. Bikes are so rare these days in the NE panhandle of WV, they're worth noting.

My wife and I have been going to our property near Keyser, using Rt 50, for something like 15 years now. For most of that time, you could expect to see an old guy with a cruiser, in the vicinity of Burlington, WV. He must have been out there almost every weekend, usually pushing the bike, which was festooned with baskets and a pair of small American flags. He rarely rode it, just pushed it down the shoulder. We believe he may have been collecting junk off the road (it tended to be a very clean stretch of highway).

We've noted, sadly, that he's been conspicuously absent from the road for the last year or so. I'd really have liked to meet him some time, and maybe push my cruiser down the road with him for a ways.
maybe he had a flat tire?rollo tommassi
Sep 6, 2001 2:27 PM
and did you ever offer him a ride?? ;)

I love West Va., esp for mtn bike (massanuten!).

I rode a little bit around the westernmost part of the state - Parkersburg - when I was in college (at Ohio U in Athens). We had a nice long loop that took us thru Coolville (great name!) and Mineralwells. I enjoyed the scenery but the hills killed me. There's nothing as steep as a hill on which you can bump your forehead as you're leaning forward over the handlebars!

Friends and I always talked about continuing east on Rt. 50 on a Spring Break cycletouring trip, but it never happened. One of our group, though, had ridden all through there and she loved it. (she was a total die-hard tourist - rode to school each year on her Mercian totally loaded. She could field strip her bike in four hours, including the headset and crankset.)