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    WV Podunk Rides #3

    Been out of WV for 2 weeks yesterday. PGH has been good, my home away from home and good friends. The south was fun and I'll hit it up again a few times I'm sure throughout the year. Oklahoma is up in the air, I'm 50/50 on it, and a week sounds so soon, all the more reason to do it. It's been nice yesterday and looks like it this morning. Going to ride to Wexford and get a nut for the mirror on the left. Totally gone and I'm stuck with a swinging mirror.

    I think this is how I'm going to return to WV from PGH.

    A small shuffle through SE Penn, a hop through Maryland and back into WV. They're calling for rain, not sure how much.

    Tomorrow I plan on getting started 7ish or whenever. See what happens.

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    it's beautiful out there - take some pictures and share them? i miss the area.

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    Is that 47 and 53 for the last part? I would be very interested in your thoughts, I have never ridden those roads and they look like a lot of fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted View Post
    Is that 47 and 53 for the last part? I would be very interested in your thoughts, I have never ridden those roads and they look like a lot of fun!
    exactly why I'm riding them. i'll definitely get some pix, which reminds me I need to charge the camera battery.

    later guys, h
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    East to West WVA Loop

    Hey Mac,

    Given the location of your home I'm wondering if you have ever done an East-West loop heading one direction on US 33 and the other direction on US 50? I'm considering such a ride this spring heading west from I-81 out of Harrisonburg on US 33 and returning from I-77 to I-81 on US 50. Any tips or advice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PowderkegPete View Post
    Hey Mac,

    Given the location of your home I'm wondering if you have ever done an East-West loop heading one direction on US 33 and the other direction on US 50? I'm considering such a ride this spring heading west from I-81 out of Harrisonburg on US 33 and returning from I-77 to I-81 on US 50. Any tips or advice?

    Pete
    Hi Pete, I have done both roads but not in a continuous loop. 33 is not a bad road, its 4 and 2 lane. 50 is utterly boring if you ask me. 4 lane and monotonous.

    This installment of Podunk starts out in Pittsburgh, PA where I was in town last week for work. Was out for just over 2 weeks including my ride to the South, north to PGH, SW to gethome in Ravenswood.

    Got home last night about 8. It pissed the rain on me for a majority of the day. It started slowing down about 50 miles east of Parkersburg, WV but it was still raining, regardless. Riding pictures are sparse cos of rain. Kind of a podunk podunk.

    It wasn't the greatest of rides but made due with what I had. I couldn't get my bearings yesterday either, seemed like I was turning around or taking other routes to meet up where I planned on being. But what's plans? They need to be changed, right?

    Here's my route. It changed up a bit cos of rain and not paying attention to the map.
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    Starting things off, my residence once a week every month in Lawrenceville part of PGH. 8ish am on Sunday. I have the attic.
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    Crossing Liberty Bridge south.

    Bridges
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    Buildings
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    & Tunnel
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    In my deep resentment on Turnpikes, there's a soft spot for PA43, ex mother law lives in Monongahela. It's relatively a new road, smooth and very little traffic on Sunday mornings.
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    The bridges and structures are mind blowing out here. Especially underneath. Monsterous pillars and such..
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    I planned on 219 through Maryland, but not paying attention, I found myself on 119, doh!
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    Some cemetery I pulled over outside of Pt. Marion, PA and chilled. It started to rain.
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    OK,now rain is spraying all over the place. I was getting sick of it, so I went out to Tygart (SP) Dam to chill. Around Grafton, WV. The dam
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    Chillin'
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    Back in Grafton, there was a cool old building that I think was a Hotel and Rail station. I think...
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    Sure are right that door stays closed
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    continued...

    Audra SP. This has to be the smallest SP I've ever been to. Hung around for a bit.
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    On the river
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    I think this is county route 10/10. Caught it out of Audra Park, heading toward 33.
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    Another solo chimney like the one I caught in NC.
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    The old crazy house in Weston, WV. Didn't take a tour but it is open 7 days a week.
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    Looks like the lens got wet
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    Finally a freaking break in the rain. This is on 47W.
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    Nice photos! And the story continues.....
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    I know that cemetary! My inlaws live just a few minutes from there.
    That's a fun stretch of road as long as no one is in front of you.

    Love the Podunk ride reports!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newstar View Post

    Love the Podunk ride reports!
    Yeah, me too! It really fun seeing other people's pictures of sort of obscure places and saying hey, I was there!

    I think I need to do a better job of taking pictures.
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    Right on guys!

    Glad you all are digging the podunks.

    That's cool you recognized the cemetery Newstar.
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    Nice write-up, thanks!

    The roads look imminently ride-able - have to LOVE country 2-laners with 55mph speed limits

    That place in Weston looks like a must visit!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted View Post
    That place in Weston looks like a must visit!
    BTDT - it's called the "TransAllegany Lunatic Asylum", aka "Weston Hospital"..

    Some great stuff turns up if you Google it... the show GhostBusters (cable show where they like to go places and pretend they see/hear ghosts..) visited it, but only went into the newer buildings.

    The tour is worthwhile.. and fun. In a bizarre sort of way.


    My bike parked in front..


    My friend Mike in his pink 'stich escaped!


    View into Weston from the hospital door..
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    Ted, the road was nice and would have been better without the rain, but I like to see green, so I shouldn't bitch.

    Deilenberger, Thanks for the added info and pix. How much of the hospital are you able to go through? It's a pretty big place between the 2 buildings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by criminaldesign View Post
    Ted, the road was nice and would have been better without the rain, but I like to see green, so I shouldn't bitch.

    Deilenberger, Thanks for the added info and pix. How much of the hospital are you able to go through? It's a pretty big place between the 2 buildings.
    Depends on which tour you take. There is a short one (about 45 minutes) for the ground floor, that also covers general info on mental health treatment through the era of the hospital. There is a longer one (costs more) that's over 2 hours long, and takes in the upper floors of the main building. Dunno if any of the tours cover the auxiliary buildings..
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