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We are planning a trip in June form Raleigh NC to Newell WV then over into Ohio to see the Amish country and back. Would love any suggestions on roads to take and things to see along the way. We are planning on being gone 10 days so hopefully we will have lots of time to ride and enjoy the sites along the way. Thanks for any suggestions.
 

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if you can try to roll through Charles Town west virginia it has some nice history and the mountains arent bad either. Im not really sure where things are its been over 16 years since my last visit to WV but a town called Reinelle or something to that effect is in the middle of nowhere which is always good for riding IMHO
 

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250, 31, 33 are all good. There's not too many bad roads in WV as long as you keep an eye out for gravel in the corners. Hit Trambo up for other recommendations. We were discussing this very topic Friday Night.
 

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I very highly recommend taking Rt. 219 North from Lewisburg / I-64 up to Elkins; then Rt. 250 the rest of the way to Wheeling. You can run 7 north to Newell from there.

Like Magpie said, watch for random gravel now & then, but for the most part all very good roads. (Senator Robert Byrd has much to do with this, LOL) ;)
 

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Forgot one thing. If you're riding the good roads through WV instead of the interstates, carry cash. There's a lot of places that don't do plastic yet through there, and cell coverage can be virtually non-existent.
 

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My favorite place is on 33 right at the WV/VA line between Harrisonburg and Brandywine. I live about an hour from there. I ride that mountain for hours. Its the next best thing to a track day. There are so many turns it takes a good many trips to get used to it. There is every type of turn tere you can imagine. Tight turns, decreasing radius, off-camber, switchbacks, massive elevation change, and many more. The further you go towards the bottom on the VA side, the tighter the turns become. Some people say its better than the tail of the dragon and there are a lot less LEO's there.
 

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We found out about the cell phone service on one trip up to Covington VA. We were riding up 220 when a bear came across a pasture and ran across the road right behind us. Of course I(the smart wife) sped up to make sure I was not in the bears way and what did the (dumb) husband do but slow down to get a better look. Thanks heaven he didn't get a face to face look at the bear. I realize that not only did we not have phone service but also I didn't have any idea where we were other than on 220N. Thanks for the info.
 

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Thanks for all the help!! We are looking at taking 250 up to Wheeling then picking up 7 to Newell. Then we are looking at taking 39 into Ohio to 62 then some how down to Columbus area and take 23 down to Huntington then pick up 60 over to come back. What does everyone think???? Anyone got any good places to stop along the way or places to stay??? Thanks for any help.
 

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Not sure how long of a trip you are planning or how long each leg will take, but along 250 in WV, Elkins, Fairmont, and Wheeling are really the only cities with any good lodging if that works out for you. I am from Clarksburg which is just south of Fairmont.
 

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Thanks for the info. That is what we need to know when we start looking at how long to ride each day.
 
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