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120 ride through the Northern Neck

It was in the sixties this morning, and drying out..... after being too far under the weather health wise yesterday, I had to take advantage today. Went South from my house until I got to the Tappahannock-Richmond turnpike, and headed East to Tappahannock. Saw the sign painted with a map of VA, and had to stop to get a scenic shot. NOrthern Neck Burger is two blocks from teh bridge over the Rappahannock river. I went East over that, and then North along the bluffs above the river until I eventually got back to the next bridge spanning the river, along 301.
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Aren't the roads on the southwest side of Virginia much better? Do you ever get over that way?
pennington gap- big stone gap over east maybe as far as I77

Only been there a couple times and it has been atleast 7 years now so what do I know.......

Atleast you were able to get out and ride!! here it was 11* for the high yesterday with 25mph winds making it feel much colder and while less windy today it isn't any warmer....... Plus side, atleast it hasn't snowed in 2 weeks so the roads while whitish from salt/brine dust are actually clean and dry

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I typically stay within a 100 mile radius of home, as I nearly always ride alone and have to rely upon my wife for back-up should something go wrong.

Getting West to the Appalachian 'mountains' is always more than an hour's drive.... I have a hard time with putting my wife in a rescue scenario that would involve a sudden unplanned 3+ hour round trip. Easy for a recovery effort to be an all day effort, injuries could easily blow that up much further.

I make it out to Orange, through ~ Charlottesville about once a year on the bike.... I have a very strong desire to see the radio telescopes in West Virginia, just over the border with VA. If guess that at 3-4 hours one way from where I live. I don't trust the bike that far without backup, tbh.

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Skyline drive through Shenandoah NP would be amazing

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Skyline drive through Shenandoah NP would be amazing
I have yet to find a road named "Skyline" that was a bad motorcycle road
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So it was in the mid 40's this morning, with zero predicted precipitation..... My wife pretty much insisted, that I ride to work. How could I say no?

6 a.m. Solidly dark, and I am mindful of random dirt/questionable traction --- for about the first 30 seconds. Then, it's right back to vigorous application of throttle, and riding as fast as reasonable without over running my head lights.

I didn't see another bike, either direction.

When I filled up the bike at a Sheetz station yesterday, I did so out of need rather than as part of a good plan; I had intended to stop at a Shell station about 10 miles before that, when I saw the tanker truck filling the station's tank, I rode right on by. Thought it better to avoid the swirlled up sediment and water that could occur.

Not sure Sheetz was a better choice. My idle speed is more erratic on this tank. I had to raise my idle speed, stalled the bike twice waiting in line for the gate. At least I'm already 90 miles into the full tank. I know I have some Techrolene in the garage. I'll add some to the 1/4 tank I have in there now, and re-fill at one of the local to me Shell stations I routinely use in the next few days.

Good ride, other than that.

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