Originally Posted by jppe
. . .I-81. . .how there has to be some really great roads to ride. . .
I live within the sound of I-81.
you can hear tire-roar in the wintertime when the leaves are down and the air is cold and clear. . .just north of the Shenandoah Valley. If you don't know, the Gods Themselves have deemed the Virginia area I-81 passes through to be the Very Arch-Type of Heaven
In Temperate Zones. [I almost hate to encourage others to come here lest it be ruined with over-use!]
So if we can include mountain biking, there's:
The Massanutten Range [You passed this range between Harrisburg and Strasburg, VA. It was that long mountain off to your east. The George Washington National forest [GeWaNatFo] encompasses most of this Range.] There are hundreds
of miles of trails and non-technical fire roads on the GeWa. Within the GeWa is nestled Fort Valley, the valley that time forgot!
of MD state parks that allow mountain biking. Look up the MD DNS sites.
On the roads. . .
You mentioned Skyline, on the Range to the East of the GeWa. Miss the traffic during the Fall leaf period and it's 'iffy' in the winter but otherwise a civilized [albiet] 'athletic' road.
of safe lanes in Western Maryland which you can hook into such treats as the C&O Canal, Western Maryland Rail-Trail, and the Great Allegheny Passage. Antietam National Battlefield offers hills and access to loads of long safe roads with [OH, Bliss!] wide paved shoulders. [Write me off-line and I can suggest a safe, fast 50-mile loop in the Washington County, MD area that includes lanes, C&O Canal, cyclist-friendly roads, and 'full-immersion' in Western MD culture! [I was born and raised in Sharpsburg, MD.]]
Way down the road on the border of VA-NC, there's the Virginia Creeper Trail. . .what a rare pleasure
that is! You can get a local outfit to take you and your rig to the 'top' of the Creeper and you can blast the 40-miles [+/-] back to Abington. [Aside: I've been on two wheels over 50 years and the Creeper is the sweetest ride I've ever done!] You can also do out-and-back on your own and there're several rental shops in Abingdon and Damascus. Please check this out!.
Stay the HELL out of West Virginia
. . .narrow lanes. . .fast traffic. . .ruts/potholes. . .'ambiguous' attitutes towards cyclist. [I'll leave it at that.] Spend your cycling tourist dollars elsewhere
, like MD and VA. I love WV, but not
for it's attitude towards anyone outside the local cultural norm.