Just returned from a delightful midweek trip in the West Virginia mountains. To our surprise, we found the roads in excellent condition and with little traffic. Most of the driving was on state roads. A few of the highways were WV 39, WV 150, WV 28, Public Road 112, and WV 90 (old road). Key sites included Highland Scenic Highway, Spruce Knob, Seneca Rocks, and Blackwater Falls. Our Mazda Miata made the trip even more enjoyable.
Quite the contrast with Maryland's Eastern Shore! Both beautiful in their own way.
If you're lucky enough to live in the mountains...
You're lucky enough.
I recently went through WV, last week, using I-64 : I-79 : I-68
Very nice scenery.
...quite often. I have a sister-in-law that lives in Roanoke and I drive across I-64, 77, and US 460. Nice drive all the way thru the state. I can remember 40 or so years ago when this was not the case. The West Virginia Turnpike was a two lane road (toll-road, at that) and it took forever to go 80 miles. Accidents happened quite frequently on this section of road. But, today, it is a nice scenic road. I thoroughly enjoy driving thru West Virginia today.
Very nice scenery.
Yes, I also take I68, I79, and I64 through WV on the way to visit relatives in KY. Those roads are modern and the scenery is some of the best, but this time we just wanted to explore the back roads. It was well worth the time. We were surprised to fine the roads in such good condition, and with so little traffic. I can remember 50 years ago when US60 was the only way across WV. The traffic was very heavy and normally you'd find you're stuck behind a long line of traffic headed by a slow moving coal truck. The scenery couldn't compensate for the frustration of having to go 25 mph across the mountains.
I grew up in West Virgina - the state capital to be specific. 50+ years ago it was an all day drive to go across to Washington, DC or up to WV University in Morgantown, and it was also a very, very frustrating experience.
Two lane highways that went up and down the hills with a multitude of switchbacks resulted in frequently getting trapped behind a heavy truck that was crawling up or down in low gear. You could not see far enough to safely pass, so all you could do was to let off steam with vivid descriptions of the truck driver's parentage!
Now my friends who still live there routinely drive up to WVU in the morning for a football game and drive home that same evening without blinking.
- Tom -
stay at the cabins in Blackwater Falls State Park many, many years ago. Beautiful!
One of my favorite childhood memories was a summer vacation in a cabin at Watoga State Park. If we were not living in California, I would have tried to duplicate that when my own kids were growing up.
SWMBO was not enthusiastic about the idea of a 5000 mile round trip to stay in a state park.
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