I started in Wheeling and followed Rt88 south to 250 south all the way to Fairmont. Then on to 19 south to 119/33 south west.
There are a few things here and there to look at but this ride is mostly about the challenge of the road. However you do get to see some small towns and a couple of nice vista style views.
Over all this route was in good shape. Some of it was even new pavement. However you do always have to watch for rough corners or corners with stones. I took Rt 88 south from Wheeling to rt 250 south to Fairmont. From there I took 19 south to 119/33 south west. The route had a good mix of tight switch backs, small 90 degree plus turns, long sweepers and a little back and forth from right to left. It will keep you on your toes the whole way. Not to mention that the majority of the time the speed limit is 55.
There are many blind corners on this route. Ride during the day. On some of the fun parts turn around and go back through. Its a blast.
You pass through many small communities. The larger towns have everything you need. There are even a few small multi service stations that you can fill up with gas and have an ice-cream for a brake.
This is a great one for Sport Riders that want to test their endurance or Cruisers that want another scenic option. Starting out in Moundsville and turning back in Hundred is roughly an hour each way affair AND THE TURNS JUST KEEP COMING!
A road of this length you'd expect a mixed bag of road conditions; sections that are immaculate, others with patches, fallout, cracks, and/ or bumpy... Also it offers a little bit for everybody; wide open spaces which are highlighted in the 2nd half of the video, to the twisties and tight hairpins shown early in the video.
I think everybody should at least try this one once, if not annually to test their stamina.
Rain had been in the area for days but gravel washout was very predictable and almost none existant and must not be a real issue in the area...
Oh and if heading south somewhere near Cameron there is a decreasing radius right hander that is also downhill off camber that I could see someone overcooking it so WATCH OUT.
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August 8, 2016
0 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
We took this route from Weston to Ripley during a touring ride headed west, and it was a very enjoyable part of the trip. It is indeed a nice combination of sweepers, tighter twisties, and straights. The scenery varies, and it generally great. The pavement is well kept, and in fact we were delayed a bit by a stretch of repaving work. There is truck traffic on this route, but there are enough places to pass. You can make pretty good time on it, or take it easy and relax.
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October 7, 2012
44 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport
Can't comment on the Southern Route, but I did a dry run of the Northern Route outta Fairmont, WV yesterday in a SUV. Plan on riding it early next year.
Fairly decent pavement. I saw no loose gravel or road fallout whatsoever. Checked out the Covered Bridge in Barrackville and in Hundred. Missed the one in Moundsville.
As far as the motorcycle aspect goes I felt like the "party" really didn't get started until Hundred, WV. So much so that when I do the run I will more than likely just start the route from Moundsville and stop at Hundred and loop back.
Good Scenery, Nice Twisties but very narrow in sections, lots of blind stuff so keep you're head and don't fly faster than your guardian angel or gear will protect ya!