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post #1 of 8 Old 10-22-2007, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Get OUT of Williamsburg VA!

In case you are in Williamsburg VA, and want to go south, you may like my route. It is not obvious from a map. Any map of the city, region, or state indicates that you should go east on I-64, take I-664 to get over the bridge, and you are in the middle of some enormous cities, complete with enormous traffic.

No fun to think about, and probably less fun to do.

Here is what I did instead, and I enjoyed it a lot.

I took VA31 south to the Jamestown Visitor Center, bypassed the historic site, and easily reached the free ferry that carried me to Scotland Virginia, on the south side of the James River. Highway 31 took me south to Wakefield VA, where I think it ends. I happened to find VA628 (it's hard to miss, actually) and that highway carried me south to VA35, which reached North Carolina and turned into NC35. I continued south and found US258, which took me south to NC42, which took me west to US301, which took me south to I-95.

The entire ride from Scotland VA to I-95 was smooth, free of traffic, relatively direct, scenic, and full of trees showing their fall colors.

I needed I95 to cover a lot of ground in a hurry, so my exploration ended at the Interstate.

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post #2 of 8 Old 10-22-2007, 05:26 PM
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Of the beaten path

Faulkner, you silly bugger! How are we gonna make the interstate rest stops pay if we keep riding those squiggly little side roads? That's down right un American. Oops - almost forgot. I'm an un-American too. Shhhhh, don't tell anybody.
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post #3 of 8 Old 10-23-2007, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Get OUT of Buffalo too!

Jstrom, yesterday I rode 155 miles on I-75, and the day before yesterday I rode 427 miles on I-95. The week before, I rode over 200 miles on I-95 and I-664 and I-64. I log plenty of Interstate miles, but I do not help to balance any state budgets, because I seldom spend money at the rest areas.

Western New York is a large and lovely place, in my opinion. I go through it often, and my Wee-Strom is always a few feet behind me, on a trailer. My favorite route from near Buffalo to near Pittsburgh is US Highway 62.

Southbound, I pick up US62 near Eden New York, because Hamburg, while a pleasant and picturesque city, takes a while to cover.

I like these features of US62: it goes through Amish country, and the people keep the place looking very good indeed; there is a McDonald's in Gowanda, and a Quizno's in Warren PA; the highway (in PA) goes along the Alleghany River, which is very pretty in spring; much of the highway has been resurfaced, and the going is very smooth.

I don't like these features of the drive: I would prefer the Wee-Strom to be UNDER me instead of behind me; some PA gas stations do not let you use their toilets, so I ask about that before pumping, and skip the buggers who keep the john for themselves!

All in all, US62 is a dandy highway, connecting Buffalo and I-79, near I-80.

Some day, I hope to ride it instead of driving it.

Keith

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Yes , Kieth, I've spent many a happy hour riding on 62 along the river. Often I'll find a good place to stop and just sit and smoke my pipe. Never had any problems with the potty Nazis in PA though.
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I wouldn't expect any routing software to figure out the best backroads route -- but in fact, I'm thinking the way you took was in fact fairly clear... to someone with the time and inclination.

Either way, I'm visual:

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Software has its quirks.

I find that software has its own ideas of good highways, generally prefering Interstate highways to the side roads I like. In my trip from Toronto to Vancouver BC, I had to keep introducing little towns as waypoints to keep the software from sending me back to the slabs. It was quite a game, and I greatly enjoyed the peculiar route I eventually followed, which was not at all the route I planned originally.

I had no idea that I would want to detour to Golden Colorado, but I greatly enjoyed my visit to the Centnnial State, after which my Wee-Strom is named (its VIN ends 1876; that's the simple reason for naming it Colorado).

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post #7 of 8 Old 10-27-2007, 10:16 AM
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Keith,
I took your advice and got out of Williamsburg....after spending the first 18 years of my life there. I didn't get to far though...just Nothern Va. How long did you stay and what did you see??

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Sorry about the delay!

PackMule,

I am sorry that I let FOUR MONTHS elapse before responding. I do not often visit this forum, so I overlooked your query.

A high school classmate of mine lives in Williamsburg, and his health is a tad precarious. No wonder, he's even older than I am (see my photo, above left). He tried to attend the 45th reunion of the class, way up in St. Catharines Ontario, but could not quite make it. A bunch of us decided to hold the next reunion in his home town instead of at the school.

So I rode from Sarasota via North Carolina's Outer Banks to Williamsburg on Tuesday and Wednesday in mid-October, checking into a motel in Williamsburg at a bargain rate arranged by said clever classmate. Seven other members of the class of 1959 soon arrived, mostly with ladies, and we ate and drank and caroused and toured downtown and ate and drank and golfed and walked around the Jamestown Visitor Center and ate and drank and caroused and went home on Saturday. I was the only one on two wheels, and I was the one who travelled farthest to the reunion. I took one day off to explore coastal Virginia, which is one of my favorite states. I have visited VA about seven times, always with fond memories; I have zoomed through it a few dozen times, but those passages don't count.

I so much enjoyed the first part of my ride south from Williamsburg that I had to crow about my ingenuity in finding the ferry and the convenient secondary roads that reduced my slab-riding to a minimum on the first day. Yet I still covered 600 miles. On the second day, I rode almost 500 miles, and reached home safely and not very tired.

Good trip, and my third long multi-state ride. My fourth trip begins next week (look for "4 for texas", which is a three-man ride).

Keith

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