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Va/W Va loop thoughts?

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PittsDriver
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Va/W Va loop thoughts?

Hi all,

I'm a new BMW owner with a K1600GT and I'm looking to stretch my legs out on a twisty road safari into the deepest darkest Appalachia in a few weeks. I'm posting here to get recommendations on "don't miss" roads, stops, eats, sights, and places to flop for a night. This will be a two day trip through the area of the Shenandoah Valley and off into a loop through West Virginia around Green Bank, Snowshoe, Seneca Rocks, etc. We probably won't push too much farther south than Charlottesville VA on this trip as we'll be returning back to the DC area before the weekend is over. Another trip is planned for June to get down to Deal's Gap and the Smokey Mountains area that will be a week long romp.

Any thoughts?

Wes

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I think I hear crickets...

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Not sure you want to drive such a big bike on twisty roads......

Smile

Smoke hole road near Cabins WV is a treat, worth riding up and back (12 miles each way).

The eastern access road to Spruce Knob is delightful (paved, neat, smooth if a bit narrow) and the Knob is worth a visit.

The NSF national radio astronomy observatory in Green Bank is worth a visit too.
https://science.nrao.edu/facilities/gbt/

We stayed in Davis WV overnight at Bear Paw Cabins (on vrbo.com). Davis has some good places to eat as well.

Rt 72 south of Davis to Parsons is a fun road with lots of low speed twisties and grade changes.

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Well, fortunately they equipped the bike with a Mr. Fusion power plant that makes enough juice for even a fat girl to dance in the twisties. It pulls like a locomotive in a power band about 5,000 RPM wide so even the hot snot crotch rockets were whining about the pea gravel in the turns as the reason they weren't keeping up. We all had a ball on this trip and I've got a healthy list of sandbox type roads to play in on future trips. That area around Pocahontas Country/Snowshoe from down below Marlinton up through Elkins is pretty awesome. 219 is a long road with a mix of tight stuff and sweepers; 250 from 219 over the 28 above Green Bank; 66 between 219 and 28; and the list goes on and on....

Wes

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