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post #1 of 13 Old 07-24-2014, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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Are there any good roads between Asheville and Buffalo?

My beloved and myselves are headed up to Buffalo for a wedding.

We might take two or three days in each direction.

I think we'll slab it from our Western North Carolina home near Asheville to somewhere near Beckley, WV on our first day. The next day would be a leisurely ride to within five hours of Buffalo with a post PM rush hour arrival.

I'm thinking of a similar return trip.

I'm open to suggestions which only makes sense since I'm posting this online.

So, any suggestions?


Oh, I almost forgot, we'll be on motorcycles. Me on a DL650A of great historical significance and wifey on a Harley Davidson.



Edit: I just noticed a bunch of shovels on the Google Map on I-77 south of Beckley, eh, it's a toll road so maybe not Beckley

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I guess the f#<k not.

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If you have the time, I had a great ride up through Burke's Garden near Tazewell, VA. You can go north on 81 from Asheville to Wytheville, VA, and get off on Route 52. Follow this to Route 42, then head to Sharon Springs. Look for Route 622, which is called Burke's Garden Rd. It's a really nice twisty gravel road that climbs up over the mountain and down into Burke's Garden. Once you get through Burke's Garden, head to Tazewell, VA, on Route 61 and pick up Route 460. Follow 460 over to US 219. 219 will take you through some really nice twisty roads and lots of scenery all they way through VA, West VA, Maryland and into PA. I've ridden it, and it's a good time. Very rural, very little traffic, lots of small towns to pass through. The gravel road into Burke's Garden shouldn't be a problem with the Harley, unless she is on an Ultra. For the most part it's a well maintained gravel road, but there were a few rough spots from water runoff and some kind of tight switchback type curves. I would have done it on my Road King.

You can actually follow 219 all the way to Buffalo, or else head west and pick up I-79.

I've ridden this route from Burke's Garden to DuBois, and I enjoyed it a lot. On the return trip I came down US 220, which runs parallel to 219; again, lots of nice twisty riding through some mountains when you get into West VA and VA.

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I'm afraid gravel would probably be a problem, so Burkes Garden would be a no-go.

What is 219 like?

It would keep this old school navigator from getting too lost.

219 gets within 20 miles of Fallingwater in PA, something I'd like to see. (I'm an architectural consultant, specializing in designing water features).

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I'm afraid gravel would probably be a problem, so Burkes Garden would be a no-go.

What is 219 like?

It would keep this old school navigator from getting too lost.

219 gets within 20 miles of Fallingwater in PA, something I'd like to see. (I'm an architectural consultant, specializing in designing water features).
I found both 219 and 220 to be really enjoyable rides all the way up through Maryland. Once into PA the road surface gets a rougher (typical of Pennsylvania roads) and narrower in spots, and there can be truck traffic on 219 that's a pain in the ass. I encountered very little traffic on 219 before I hit PA, other than when I went through small towns. I grew up in a town in PA right on 219, and it's a main road for that part of the state. 220 is a much better road from the Maryland line heading north in PA (it turns into I-99 when you get north of PA route 30), but that might put you further east than you want to be.

You might encounter morning fog in the mountains in West Virginia. I did. Some fairly cool morning temperatures, too.

I'm attaching a photo that shows the typical road surface of the gravel road leading into Burke's Garden, just in case you wanted to try it. The gravel isn't deep, and in lots of places it's more hard packed dirt than gravel, like a typical fire road. Also attached is a photo of a waterfall right along 220, five miles north of Covington, VA. Just one of the neat things I saw on this route. It's called Falling Springs Falls.

Have a good ride. Funny, I grew up only about two and a half hours from Fallingwater, but I've never seen it.
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Thanks for the info.

If it ain't asphalt she ain't riding on it, certain parking lots are off-limits.

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Parts of 219 are nice, the parts without traffic lights.

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Parts of 219 are nice, the parts without traffic lights.
What sections are bereft the dreaded signals.

I'm assuming around the more popualated areas, eh?

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I've been on it a couple of times in the last few years, long rural stretches between I77 and I76. The lights weren't that bad, especially early Sunday morning and mid day during the week.

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WV is full of good roads.

The areas around Seneca Rocks and the 72 along the Cheat are among my favorites. If you're going to Fallingwater, bring WV72-WV7-WV26-PA381.
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