Sunday, July 14, 2013

14 July 2013 Ride Report

I’m trying to get out on a long ride at least once a month, and with Butt Lite 7 (VII? Se7en? IIIIIII?) on the horizon for next summer, there’s some serious training to be done.

This weekend’s ride was also designed to get into cooler temperatures, by riding into the hills of West Virginia.

We headed west, out I-66 to US-48, then into WV. We had a very nice late breakfast / early lunch at Sunset Restaurant in Moorefield. There was a group of riders there, enjoying a meal. There’s a very large chicken sculpture right across the road from the restaurant…we didn’t stop for a picture (this time).

I wanted to take a side road, skirting south of Petersburg to get a little different scenery. It had been a long time since I’d been on that road, and it was nice to see not much has changed.

We picked up U.S. 220 just south of Upper Tract, WV. Just shy of Franklin, we turned west onto U.S. 33 – this is a great motorcycle road. We rode south on WV 28 until we got to U.S. 250, then we turned east through Monterey, VA. I’d like to come back to explore Monterey one of these weekends.

We stopped for some ice cream and soda at the Tastee Freez in Churchville. There were other bikes there, as well – usually a good sign.

We picked up I-81 at Staunton, and rode north to New Market, where we took U.S. 211 east to Warrenton. As much as I enjoy U.S. 211, the route along U.S. 33 and U.S. 250 is really better.

From Warrenton, we picked up U.S. 29, and wound up in a big traffic jam in Gainesvillle. Ugh. We took U.S. 15 north to get around that, and headed back on I-66 all the way home.

It was a great ride!


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