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post #1 of 8 Old 01-13-2010, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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Highways through Monogehela?

I'l be riding through the Monogehela in May with friends (the Road Toads) heading to the V-Strom east reunion a the Ironhorse. In setting up a route I noticed that West Virginia 72 looks like a fun road. When I did Google Street view I see that much of it is very narrow.. one lane. Is this road one that will be fun on a bike or will it be a case of lots of slow moving vehicles holding things up and nowhere to pass?

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post #2 of 8 Old 01-14-2010, 06:02 PM
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Smile WV 72

No bad roads in WV.
Continue on 72 to Dolly Sods
Go S on Hwy 32
At Harman take US 33/55 to Seneca Rocks
US 33 to Judys Gap
28 S to Minnehaha Springs
92 S to White Sulphur Springs
US 60/I-64 E to 311 S
311 S to New Castle VA
Hwy 42 to US 460
US 460 to Christiansburg VA
I 81 S to Wytheville VA

If you want more, let me know.

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WV Hwy 72

Tom,

It occured to me that I did not answer your question about passing slow moving traffic.

That should not be a problem. WV roads favor motorcycles vs cars/trucks.

Just in case you were wondering how a guy from FL is giving advice on WV roads. I grew up in the mountains of SW PA and have ridden/driven these roads all my life.



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Hi Gary,

Thanks for the tips!

I'll build up my route and see if those roads fit in.

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Route 72 is an awesome road. Steep, narrow and windy. Lots of sand and gravel on the road, watch out for deer and big pick up trucks coming the other way in your lane.

Blackwater Falls State Park is nearby and a nice place to take a break.

Drove through last year on my way to the dragon

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It doesn't show on a road map.

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I'l be riding through the Monogehela in May with friends (the Road Toads) heading to the V-Strom east reunion a the Ironhorse. In setting up a route I noticed that West Virginia 72 looks like a fun road. When I did Google Street view I see that much of it is very narrow.. one lane. Is this road one that will be fun on a bike or will it be a case of lots of slow moving vehicles holding things up and nowhere to pass?

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Hi, stranger. I pulled my WeeStrom through West Virginia in July 2009, and chanced to take WV41 as a scenic break from arrow-straight US19. It was a terrific road, but not for a bike on a trailer. The Strom kept whimpering and begging to be taken off the trailer and ridden. WV41 is curvy and empty and scenic and often shaded by trees that meet overhead.

But the feature of WV41 that is not apparent from maps is that it loses about 1200 feet of altitude, and then regains it to rejoin US-19. I think that change in altitude means a word starting with H, which is not much used in Florida.

If that road is near your route, consider it. But as the man says, there are no bad roads in West Virginia. Some roads have men with poor attitudes guarding them, especially in Summersfield [when it says 50, it means 50!], but the roads bear no blame for their predation.

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I am afraid that the previous posters have, well, been pulling your leg. What they said about the roads in WV is completely false.

All the roads in WV are flat, straight and just about as boring as it can get. I would by pass WV as it is just a total waste of time.





PS - Do not take Route 66 from Route 28 which will take you into Cass, WV. From there you will only end up taking either Rt66 to Rt55 or from Cass you could take Black Mountain Road. In either case you'd end up in Marlinton where you would have to take the very straight Rt39 towards Virginia - and you wouldn't want to do that.

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I am afraid that the previous posters have, well, been pulling your leg. What they said about the roads in WV is completely false.

All the roads in WV are flat, straight and just about as boring as it can get. I would by pass WV as it is just a total waste of time.
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I hear you.. we went through there last year and it had to rate as some of the most boring roads we went on. But being Canadian we are into being bored and just suck it up and make the best of it.

I'll make sure to avoid the roads you mentioned.

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