Friday, July 1, 2011

Trans West Virginia Trail Loop Day 1

Norm, Russ and I were on the road this morning a little after 8:30 am, heading for the WV panhandle. We worked our way south west until we left Pa and started seeing more gravel and less pavement.

Most of the day was back and forth between dirt/gravel and pavement. We had a few off-road sections when we took the alt routes. One took us down a stream bed for a few hundred yards. The shale was covered with that super slick algae that I love and Russ had the good luck to have his front tire wash out on him. His XR didn't want to start up after being on its side but he was able to get it fired up after many kicks.

We made it to our destination of Glenville, WV this afternoon. We got a room at the Conrad Motel and headed over to a BBQ spot for some beers, bluegrass, and good grub. We also checked out one of the area bars for a few before heading back to our rooms.


208 miles for the day.


  1. 208 miles , I'm impressed. looks like it was a great day for riding . How were the availability of gas stations? Do you think 200 mile is about max for a multiday trip ? No swimming today Russ. hehe .

  2. There were plenty of gas stations for our needs. We all had bigger tanks on our bikes (200+ mile range) but we gassed up about every 100 just to be safe. 200-250 miles is about my limit for this type of traveling. Longer than that really wears me down. You also run the risk of running out of daylight. We consistently averaged about 30 mph (my fault, I'm sure Russ and Norm could have done it faster!) so 200 miles can still make for a pretty long day in the saddle.