Sunday, August 18, 2013

Seneca Rocks and Blackwater Falls

Wow, I can't believe I actually have not posted since I came home from New Hampshire!   I have been a little busy, finishing up my last month of work before retirement, preparing for the VCQ meeting last weekend, and going on a few motorcycle rides with my husband.   Soon I'll be able to fit more consistent posts into the schedule - 10 more working days to go! In the meantime, here are a few pictures from our ride to West Virginia this weekend.
 Riding out 211 through Virginia on the way to cross the Blue Ridge.  We rode west past Luray to 340 south, took that to 33 west through Harrisonburg, and across the Alleghenies into West Virginia.
 The Alleghenies are some BIG mountains.  Beautiful scenery, some of the roads a little scary but I made it.  Of course, I'm riding on the back, not driving, so I can choose not to look if I want!  Above and below are taken at a roadside overlook of the Germany Valley along 33 in WVA.
 We followed Route 33 to Seneca Rocks and further on our way to Blackwater Falls State Park.
 Below is Seneca Rocks.
 We rode through the Canaan Valley to get to Blackwater Falls.  It's kind of funny to think of it as a valley - its really a high plateau - but I guess when you consider the mountains around it, its still a valley.
 Only 1 of our group went all the way down to the lowest viewing platform.
 Here's the group - minus me, of course.
Then we road along the crest of Mt. Storm, circling back around to spend the night in Moorefield. We were lucky enough to have good weather Saturday, it was really cool for August.  Of course the rain came overnight and we rode all the way back in rain, but fortunately the route back was much shorter and the rain steady but not drenching.  Rain suits kept us mostly dry.