Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: East of the sun, west of the moon
Bikes: old gray horse, miss wheeler, the dead gt, old stella, rusty fixy
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The West Virginia tour kicked some serious ass. Beautiful is a meager description for the scenery, culture, roads and trails. Lots of correspondence with various West Virginia bicycling officionados brought me to the conclusion that there is not a predictably "suitable" touring route through the truck infested roads between Clarksburg and Elkins West Virginia (that is not to say that a route doesn't exist, just that it probably ain't going to be discerned by those unfamiliar with the geography between the two points). I discovered a good alternative in the form of Enterprise Rental Car (you know... the guys that pick you up in your rental car). Enterprise has offices in both Clarksburg and Elkins. A couple of weeks before the tour I reserved a pickup truck with an extended cab at Clarksburg. About 30 minutes before reaching the end of the North Bend Trail, I called Enterprise in Clarksburg and asked them to pick me up at Wolf Summit. No problem. The agency picked me up. I drove to the agency and signed out the truck then returned to Wolf Summit where the rest of the bicyclers were just arriving. We put the five rigs in the truck bed, secured them with our bungey cords and drove to Elkins in comfort. Our motel was only a couple of blocks from the rental agency in Elkins.
We pedalled across the Cheat Mountain Trail (more or less) to Glady the next morning. At Glady (what an incredibly remote, friendly, post card town) we caught the trail head of the West Fork Greenbrier Trail. Even though it is all dirt (crushed, compacted limestone) and little maintained, with plenty of mud, water and overgrowth, The West Fork is the best (for reasons that appeal to my personality) rail trail I have ever pedalled a bicycle on (and tell me you... I have bicycled on more than a few of them).
I have routes, maps, points of interest, sleeping and eating accomodations, phone numbers and contact names, photographs etc. Email me for more information <firstname.lastname@example.org>. If you like back country touring, Our route between Parkersburg and White Sulfer Springs is one of the best 4 to 5 day rides anywhere but development pressure is crouching like a tiger in W.V. ... so do it soon before it becomes something entirely different.
Last edited by nimrodcooper; 03-02-06 at 09:03 AM.