Pops and Richmonders in WV (2010)
What this weekend lacked on the odometer, it made up for with quality friends, vittles and roads.
While preparing the meal, my phone kept beeping the incoming posts from the Richmond VA Chatter thread concerning a weekend ride to WV :lurk Hey guys, I will be out there Saturday :wave We all planned to meet at Rella's @ 6PM Saturday. Bikers were packed and the rain fell all through the night bringing a welcome cool to my bedroom for the first time in weeks.
At the garage, we loaded up the bikes and by the 8:05 departure , the evening's rain had moved east (toward the bunch heading our way) while the skies over the mountain were clearing. :clap
We then went on the free facility tour held on the hour. It begins with a shot film, discussion of the facility followed by a bus ride to the GBT.
There are also no photos allowed after this sign. You'll just have to go take the free tour yourself :deal
Alright, back on the road, we set forth to Cass on Rt.66 (no not that Rt.66)
After our brief stroll, we scooted up 66 :ricky to Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort.
They were holding the annual Fire On The Mountain Chili Cook-Off but we had Swiss Food on our minds...off to Helvetia! It is out that way somewhere :evil
66 to 219 then left at Valley Head onto 15 and a right onto Turkey Bone Rd to Helvetia. I will paraphrase the conversation we had in the chatterbox units...
After our brief walk, not long enough to burn off any of our delicious and filling meal, we suited up and headed toward Holly River State Park. With some sweet talkn', I convinced Dad to ride the half paved/half dirt route over to Hacker Valley via Holly River Rd out of Pickens. He was a good sport. The views in the trees are sublime.
We rolled out of here then up to the campsite. IT WAS PACKED with RV's!:eek1 :doh Almost every site was full. We rode down to the end and decided to chose site 87. While returning to pull in to the site who do we see but....THE RICHMONDERS :webers Talk about great timing dudes. We chit chat, set up camp then head for the one and only...Rella's Roadside Cafe, Hacker Valley, WV :bow :tb
Michub took this Picture. I guess it was the music in my helmet...I don't know what got in to me :rilla
Chatted till 10:30 then off to bed. I was swinging in my hammock again. Slept like a rock.
We slowly finished our meal, had another cup of coffee and chatted with the folks. I then led a spirited ride (read lets play catch up to Mike and Madstrom everyone) down to Webster Springs (gas stop) then rolled out 15 to 219. Here we are waiting for folks to catch up.
In fact, this was the last photo as well :rofl We made our way quickly down to 39 where a bike race was in progress. Cruised the twisties into Marlinton on 219 then rode 39 east. Pops and I hung a left on 92 in Minnehaha Springs then rode 84 up to a snack stop in Monterrey and 250>42 on home.
Yes I washed the bike, yes my chain is clean, No I am not ashamed :D
Great time with Dad, perfect weather and less than stellar mileage which means naught. Thanks to all the Richmonders who came out to make this weekend a blast. See you soon in your neck of the woods maybe. Maybe not :dunno
Till next weekend.