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post #1 of 5 Old 09-13-2008, 07:15 AM Thread Starter
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Best Strom road in WV

Wow, that's not too subjective a statement, now is it? If you have an outstanding section of WV road I hope you will post it here. I'll start with this one that I've recently discovered. This road has a lot of names, best for you to look at my attachment then look it up and zoom in to see them all. Approx. 10 miles south of Berkeley Springs this is called Morgan Road when it turns off east from 522. As soon as the road crosses the state line it becomes Blue Rock Road (also known as the Washington Heritage Trail).

Why is it great...? From 522 it begins as a short section of easy dirt road which ends at a shallow water crossing (don't be intimidated - a 6 year old on a bicycle could cross this one). From there it twists and turns up the mountain on a rugged and repeatedly patched paved road. This road is too rough for your average Harley rider to enjoy, but absolutely perfect on a Strom. There are many houses along this road, but traffic has been very, very light on the Saturday and Sunday that I have ridden this road. I'm pretty sure there are great views at the top of this one, but I've been enjoying myself on this road so much that I forget to stop and look.

I don't think this primitive paved road would be nearly as much fun on any other bike, but on a Strom it's perfect.

EDITED: The reason for so many road names is because there are multiple road changes to stay on this course. Well worth it. This has quickly become my favorite road(s) within 75 miles of home.
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-14-2008, 10:19 PM
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Hey Dirt Dad,
I've been on that road out of Shanghai. I thought it was a bit rough but the two guys I ride with ride sport bikes and when I was checking out the route I was thinking more of thier comfort than mine. Want to get together next weekend for a ride? I've got lots of day rides from 200 to 350 mi round trip.... paved road mostly though.

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Hey Dirt Dad,
I've been on that road out of Shanghai. I thought it was a bit rough but the two guys I ride with ride sport bikes and when I was checking out the route I was thinking more of thier comfort than mine. Want to get together next weekend for a ride? I've got lots of day rides from 200 to 350 mi round trip.... paved road mostly though.

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I agree the road is too rough for anything short of an Adventure bike. I've had my chopper buddy follow me on less than perfect roads and I know I spent a lot of time saying 'oh, he's not going to like that bump'. It did take away from my enjoyment some. That's why I called this a great Strom road, sport bikes need not apply.

As far as this weekend, it looks like my Saturday is going to be open for a ride. I did tell Code I would try to get to his get together on Saturday. Send me a PM if you're around for a Saturday ride.


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post #4 of 5 Old 09-16-2008, 08:29 AM
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free wv road maps

I don't have a specific favorite road in wv yet but I found a site where you can download wv county maps that provide a lot of detail on the road type (gravel, unimproved, trail, etc)

They are free PDF files and each one is quite large. Also you can purchase the maps individually.

Here is the site:
http://www.wvdot.com/COUNTYROADMAPS/DEFAULT.ASP

I wish all states had free maps with this level of road condition detail. I also wish I could superimpose these style maps on my garmin gps.

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I took a ride on that road today and was dissappointed to not find any dirt whatsoever and very few pot holes - I would have had no problem on it with my Shadow 1100.

That said it's still a great road and lots of the roads around it are atypical WV riding which I love. One of the things that really stood out - as soon as I turned on N. Timber Ridge(off 522) every car, farmer closing a gate, or P/U truck that I passed gave a nice wave! I loved it - just like country folks - always a nice wave.

I took a right in Shangai on to rt45 and that was a great ride back to 522. I wish I could have spent a couple hours exploring the area, beautiful valleys and lots of twisties.

Thanks for posting I am going to start exploring that area more, lots of potential.

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