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Offline humunuku

Allegheny Mtns Loop is wonderful!
« on: June 04, 2011, 03:51:47 pm »
 Just got back from riding (most of) the AML. It's really a great short tour to do...I highly recommend it. Great scenery, natural and man made, good roads with nice climbs/descents and very little traffic (some days, maybe we'd get maybe a car per hour passing us).  Here are some notes from the trip they may help out some riders:

-You can leave you car at Tangent Outfitters in Pembroke - friendly people, and they have ice cream for a post ride treat

-White Rocks CG off of 613 is up a gravel road - its cheap $4, water and bathrooms, but no showers.

-Morris Hill CG (on lake Moomaw) is almost 2 miles up a steep road, the non-reservation sites are pretty close together. If your staying here try to get a reservation and get one of the more spaced out sites. They do have showers ($16)

- The Bath County Pump Reservoir CG ($10) was very clean, had swimming in the lake, nice showers and we had the whole place to ourselves...only thing it needed was a few more trees to shade it better

-At Durbin, make sure you turn on 250/11, rather than staying on 250...else you'll be climbing more than you have to. (just pay attention to you maps)

-The National Radio telescope Observatory is pretty cool, its free and you can ride your bike to the telescopes

-The Dirt Bean cafe/coffee shop/bike shop in Marlinton has great fresh/healthy style food - highly recommend it

- The Greenbrier -off route in White Sulphur Springs is a good side trip - good diner in WSS also (Diner on the Green?? its a tiny white building)

-Didn't go to Lewisburg (off route), but locals said its a cool town.

- Gap Mills had a great little grocery store (great fresh deli sandwiches) and bakery near just east on SR3 from Zenith road, be sure to stop at both

- Humpback Bridge is a cool place to stop and eat & wade in the river.

-Campsites on the Greenbriar Rvr Trl were nice and clean - many of them had water, I think all of them had pit toilets (they were very clean), and two of the northern ones had 3 sided shelters to stay in (great if rain were in the forecast)

We rode touring bikes with 32 width tires - they were fine on the gravel roads/Greenbrier Trail.  We did not ride the top loop up to Glady nor the West Fork Trl, and we took 311 & 159 (minimal traffic on Memorial day) rather than the gravel section NE of Sweet Chalybeate.

Be prepared on this route....as food selection is somewhat limited - especially in the VA section. Plenty of water.

enjoy



« Last Edit: June 04, 2011, 06:03:52 pm by humunuku »

Offline Fred Hiltz

Re: Allegheny Mtns Loop is wonderful!
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2011, 04:15:46 pm »
That is a terrific report. Thanks!

Fred

Offline dcmoynihan

Re: Allegheny Mtns Loop is wonderful!
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2011, 08:24:33 am »
Thanks for some excellent advice/information.  Just rec'd my AML 'we print' maps last week.  Hope to ride it in late Fall or early Spring in prep for a cross-country trek next year.  This kind of anecdotal info is really appreciated.

Offline JMilyko

Re: Allegheny Mtns Loop is wonderful!
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2011, 11:03:10 am »
Thanks for some excellent advice/information.  Just rec'd my AML 'we print' maps last week.  Hope to ride it in late Fall or early Spring in prep for a cross-country trek next year.  This kind of anecdotal info is really appreciated.


humunuku's post helped to inspire my latest GeoPoints Bulletin blog post. You might want to check it out as well for other bits of info helpful to planning your tour"

http://blog.adventurecycling.org/2011/06/allegheny-mountains-loop.html

.Jennifer.
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