2010 West Virginia Spring Ride – Fan Report

April 6, 2010
Fan Report by Jeff Smith

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Jeffs 2006 Suzuki SV1000S and Daves 2005 Honda CBR600 F4i take a break.
Jeff’s 2006 Suzuki SV1000S and Dave’s 2005 Honda CBR600 F4i take a break at a scenic overlook.

My friend Dave and I decided to make the best of the great weather we are having so we hopped on our bikes and headed north from Shady Spring, West Virginia. This was our first ride together in almost 18 months. Dave was on his 2005 Honda CBR600 F4i and I was on my 2006 Suzuki SV1000S.

We had a bad winter here in West Virginia, with over 150 inches of snow in the southern part of the state. The roads were beat up due to the weather but not so bad that we weren’t able to enjoy the ride.

We headed across Route 3 through small towns such as Hinton, Alderson and then over to Fairlea for a pit stop. Fairlea is the home of the West Virginia State Fair, one of the largest festivals in the state. From Fairlea we rode on Route 219 through Marlinton up to Snowshoe, one of the largest ski resorts in the east and the largest in the Mid Atlantic. The elevation at the peak is 4848 feet. Snowshoe received more than 225 inches of snow this year and was still open today.

Snowshoe was holding some Spring Break games. One event they had was the pond skim. The skiers and snowboarders had to ski down the hill and try to make it across the little pond at the bottom of the hill they had made especially for the event. Some of the people had costumes while others were in shorts. One brave lady had on a bikini.

After eating some pizza at the Cheat Mountain Pizza Place on top of the mountain and watching the pond skim, we made the trek back home. We headed down to the base of the mountain and hit Route 66 back over to Route 219. We rode south on 219 back to Lewisburg and I-64. It was starting to get late so we took I-64 for about seven miles and ended up on Route 12 back through Alderson (the summer home of

Martha Stewart, if you know what I mean!) From Alderson we headed to Route 3 through Hinton and back to Shady Spring. Overall it wasn’t a bad day of riding for being so early in the year.

-Jeff Smith
Shady Spring, West Virginia

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