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The endless hills of NorthCentral WV - Now with Video!

Well, I've been RB cycling for about six months now with a serious interest. To me, it's kind of hard to have a passion in it when living in Central/North-Central WV. Especially coming from Virginia Beach. I've only ridden with two other riders on two rides. It's a bit desolate, really. Cars and drivers don't really give me much crap, but all the high school girls love to yell stuff at me (I'm 22 :D).

Recently started hitting a few half centuries, but honestly I don't have enough time to do them :O

Luckily I got a free disposable camera and was able to take some nifty photos of this rural area.

Here are the terrain maps for two of the trips that I have taken photos of:


Standard farm scenery once you are out of town.


I yell at these cows every time I ride past them and they flop their ears and make cute faces. (they probably think I am dumb)


Fog in the hills at 6:00 P.M.??


Straight Stretch


Straight Stretch #2


I forgot why I took this picture


Hacker's Creek :rolleyes: :rolleyes:


Hefner's Mobile home park


Log Cabin. Every once in a while you actually see a nice house tucked in the back of the hills...



Keister Hollow Road... The names of these areas just get weirder and weirder :confused:


Stretch #???






Neat Little Creek


Standard Scenery


WTF camper addition to a home. This is what most houses are like when you hit the 'back-roads'


******* homes. NO, they are not just camping. These are residences


Hill de Hell Pt.1


Hill de Hell Pt.2


The Descent.


Moo Moos


Georgetown


Nice home like this on one side of the road...


While these were on the other


Midway through the 5km hill


On the Highway to get home.


You can find larger versions of these pictures here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lalahsghost/archives/date-posted/2008/07/19/
 

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Fine pictures. Do you ever hear anybody playing music as you pass by?
 

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nice ride !!! beautiful countryside :thumbsup:

pardon me asking .... what is the stem shifter setup? any closer pics? looks like you have on older clamp with bosses and later indexed levers ... ??? pray, do tell ....

 

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Spirito said:
nice ride !!! beautiful countryside :thumbsup:

pardon me asking .... what is the stem shifter setup? any closer pics? looks like you have on older clamp with bosses and later indexed levers ... ??? pray, do tell ....

Looks like a Dawes standard offering/option on their Lightning Sport model:
https://www.dawescyclesusa.com/ltsport.html

imagelinked from https://www.dawescyclesusa.com/images/ltsport.jpg


Nice ride report. That trailer with the house attached looks interesting, I wonder if the trailer is still removable as a trailer like some folks have an RV campsite set up similar to that.
 

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Mapei said:
Fine pictures. Do you ever hear anybody playing music as you pass by?
You talkin' bout banjos?

I have ridden in similar areas just to the east in the mountains of Virginia. Being a city boy, I used to be afraid of such places. But, I never have had a problem in Appalachia. :) Now, the suburbs of Baltimore are another issue.:mad:

To the OP: Thanks for the pictures. The hills of Virginia and West Virginia may not be as high as those of Colorado or California, but the steep grades can put some hurt into your legs. You did a pretty ambitious trip for a newbie. Congratulations. If you liked the ride in West Virginia, start thinking about something longer -- like the Mountains of Misery. http://www.cyclingdoubleheader.com/index.html There are several of us here that usually do the MoM -- this year, no surprise, I was the slowest RBRer there.
 

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You talkin' bout banjos?

I have ridden in similar areas just to the east in the mountains of Virginia. Being a city boy, I used to be afraid of such places. But, I never have had a problem in Appalachia. :) Now, the suburbs of Baltimore are another issue.:mad:

To the OP: Thanks for the pictures. The hills of Virginia and West Virginia may not be as high as those of Colorado or California, but the steep grades can put some hurt into your legs. You did a pretty ambitious trip for a newbie. Congratulations. If you liked the ride in West Virginia, start thinking about something longer -- like the Mountains of Misery. https://www.cyclingdoubleheader.com/index.html There are several of us here that usually do the MoM -- this year, no surprise, I was the slowest RBRer there.
Yah MarkS: I'm originally from VaBch, so I'm really appreciative for the 'varied terrain' compared to the shoreline. I'm gonna take some more pictures once I find my memory card for my camera. Like I stated, I'm not much of a social rider, mainly just because the lack of chances of riding with others. I'm supposedly sponsored by my college for cycling, but that starts in August (I'm really uninformed about it all so far)
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Looks like a Dawes standard offering/option on their Lightning Sport model:
https://www.dawescyclesusa.com/ltsport.html

imagelinked from https://www.dawescyclesusa.com/images/ltsport.jpg


Nice ride report. That trailer with the house attached looks interesting, I wonder if the trailer is still removable as a trailer like some folks have an RV campsite set up similar to that.
Correcto! It was my $250 delve into cycling to see if I enjoyed it enough to become serious. It has treated me very well.
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That disposable camera has a really cool look. Nice shots indeed.

I believe we need more pix of the bike. Snap-snap.
Those disposable camera pics were significantly touched up in terms of saturation and contrast ~_~. I have some more pics of my bike in the blog in my signature, and in the junkiest bike thread: https://forums.roadbikereview.com/showthread.php?t=138305&highlight=junkiest
 

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Nice report and pics, you had me laughing at the captions! I guess the rv/house combo is if a tornado or flood comes they can "git down the road". Ironically I was in SW Va west of Roanoke yesterday about one Mountain Ridge east of WV and saw similar scenery. One side of the road was a beautiful place, across was the opposite. I saw alot of rebel flags hanging on front porches, Southern Pride y'know. Lots of Churches, too. Good report thanks for posting.
 

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I used to go past Buckhannon quite a bit when I was in college.

You go to HS there? Know the Reese twins? I went to college with Jason and his older bro Jim.
Nope, never heard of 'em. But I'm a senior at Wesleyan this fall, and live 1/4 mile from campus. (24 creds to go!!!)
 

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Half Century Pt1 & Pt2

Half Century Pt1 & Pt2

This goes through two counties, many incorporated and unincorporated villages, One mountain (though I'd like to call another one a mountain), 51 miles, lakes, trees, few cars and I don't think another single cyclist is seen in this footage.

Sorry for the low video and audio qualities. I even taped a cotton ball over the mic to keep wind noise at a minimum. Camera was mounted to my handlebars. To keep these videos from spanning eighty minutes, I accelerated the speed 2x.

Map of trip: http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united-states/wv/buckhannon/953210891

 

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Excellent post, pics & vids

I wish that i had the stamina and the time to get down there & ride the hills like you, lalahsghost.
A lot of riders are MTBr's down there.
One nice route that is a little further south of you, about 5 or so miles east on Route 250, out of Huttonsville, is a beautifull windy road called Back Mountain Road.
It can be accessed near Cheat/Shavers fork area, just East of Gaudineer. There are some excellent vistas.
Not to mention endless fresh air!
Thanks for posting.
 

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I grew up in WV and it will make you a better rider you are in a great area.. make a ride up to Snowshoe and ride the top of the mountain great views (and a 7 mile climb)

MTB trails are all over where you live.. ohh and I got arested in your town at a frat party YEARS ago... Moral do not pee on a parked car..

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