Dog Days Rally and Rella's Gift (2010)
Rode over 250 to Boyer's Station, WV with Dad for the COG Dog Days Rally.
Beautiful views of the Virginia mountains
Coming in to the Blue Grass Valley
And over Allegheny Mountain, past Camp Allegheny and into West Virginia
After setting up at Boyer Station, ORexpat arrived from NOVA
Mikeinrichmond, Pops and Guy Young went to dinner at The Station Restaurant
ORexpat and I cooked up our own meal back at camp.
We both took pics of this "Sucker Hole" in the clouds
Riding in to WV, he picked up a State Seal sticker to stick on his WV-Only sticker panniers :rofl
A pair of fawns stumbled through camp.
The sun sank below the horizon as the questionable clouds drifted in and out over camp. A sprinkle here, a sprinkle there, mostly dry though.
Dad trying out the ergonomics on the GS
Then the camp host brought a wheelbarrow full of wood for the fire. They enjoyed company well into the night around the campfire.
I slept well in my hammock and awoke to a clear and beautifully morning in the upper 60's.
I then led a group of four (Pops, ORexpat and South Side) for a jaunt. We departed about 9:30 or so.
We rode past Green Bank then through the fog over 66 and into Snowshoe for gas. We first stopped at Sharpe's General Store on 219 in Slatyfork for a few pictures.
Whose great idea was this?:patch
The owner showed up as I was crawling out of his car:uhoh I quickly removed the helmet and began jabbering about the car, how much I liked it, yada yada in hopes he wouldn't be too upset with me. He was very kind and opened up the antique store/old general store for us. It had been in his family since the 1870's. Very cool.
Westinghouse fridge and heat plate on top
And outside is this neat - often photographed - bear carving.
After scoping it out, we rode up 219 toward the Highland Scenic Hwy
It was sopped in with fog and rain so we continued on toward Marlinton. Did anyone else notice one of my favorite structures in the county?
Continued through Marlinton and out on 39/55
That fog turned in to rain as we went up the mountain toward the Cranberry Wilderness and the southern terminus of the Highland Scenic Hwy.
We rode past the foggy hwy again and down to Falls of Hills Creek
Aw damn :doh No water! What a bummer. Maybe next time folks.
I suspect these ferns are responsible for sucking it all up:wink:
We then rode back in to the rain east to the Nature Center.
They fill their hummingbird feeders up to 3 times a day. Remarkable!
They had a ton of wildlife taxidermy
And a large herpetology exhibit.
Check out the height of that Grizzle compared to the man in the doorway. It was insane!!!
Back on the road, we hit some rain but it quickly cleared as we descended toward Richwood.
They knew we were coming :devildog
And past the Craigsville Drive In Theatre
I think its time to move on up...
Thankfully, this car turned off Rt 20 after some agonizing miles :huh
A local baseball game at Moore Family Field
And finally out of the forest.
20 is a blast. Just ask ORexpat :augie
I added a little touch of class:thumb
Quit giving the stink eye and eat your salad!
Rella's Neice took a group snapshot.
Dad had the Meatloaf special and I the Hamburger
Leaving room for the final slice of Peanut Butter Pie
After saying our goodbyes, we departed back toward camp on 20 into Webster Springs. Here is the river through town. Gauley I believe :dunno
And the town square and county seat.
Caught up to this COG'r and followed him through the fog on 15.
Riding up 66 it got downright dangerous. I had a blast as my well worn 20k tire waxed its way down the slipper pavement. Fun times.
We then went to the NRAO Green Bank and took their tour. This was my fourth time but I still enjoy it. Free baby :super
Picture on the observation platform before you must shut off your camera.
After this, we took the tour, returned to camp, cooked a nice meal around the picnic table, enjoyed company and went to sleep.
This morning, we packed up, had some breakfast, a few goodbyes and rode back home. Pops and ORexpat split off at Head Waters on 250 riding up toward Sugar Grove and Brandywine while I headed on home, nursing my dying battery. It began the weekend at 12V (riding) and by the end was hovering between 7V and 8V. Fortunately, I made it to the garage and will track down an Odyssey battery this week. Well overdue but I made it.
Thanks for coming along! Next weekend will be Newport News for a friend's grad party then Richmond for Greenfly's BBQ and SPOT handoff.