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As iPlayOutside says:

“Please join the Habitat for Humanity of Nicholas and Webster Counties for their annual scenic bike tour along the Scenic Williams River, through the Monongahela National Forest‘s breathtaking views, and astounding climbs”

This ride is one of the best supported charity rides in the state. The scenery and climbs are out of this world, and everyone I encountered last year were all courteous, and were interested in riding, but also being able to take the time to say hi and get to know one another.

One of the best parts is the post-ride dinner:

Cookout-style dinner upon returning to Camp Caesar after ride. The cost of the Saturday dinner is included in the registration fee.

Be sure to finish the ride in good time to be getting the goodies first :)

I’ve posted a lot about the ride already, so here are some links:

http://wvcycling.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/wv-rave-2012-update/

http://wvcycling.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/wv-rave-2012-must-ride/

http://wvcycling.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/wv-rave-post-ride-report/

http://wvcycling.wordpress.com/2011/05/15/upcoming-event-wv-rave-bike-tour/

More info:

http://www.helpbuilditwv.org/rave—annual-bike-tour.html

If you would like to donate, without attending, please contact: Betsy Morris, Camp Caesar Director, at 304-226-3888 or email at campcaesar@frontiernet.net and send checks to: Humanity of Nicholas and Webster Counties PO Box 544 Summersville, WV 26651

A stop along the Highland Scenic Highway. This...

A stop along the Highland Scenic Highway. This photo is of the parkway section between SR 39 and US 219 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://www.iplayoutside.com/Events/2012/06/13898.html

http://raceit.com/search/event.aspx?event=8abf2546-83fd-415e-aa5e-77b9a0d6e9af.aspx

http://www.visitwebsterwv.com/

http://www.active.com/cycling/cowen-wv/wv-rave-bike-tour-2012

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I seem to write off Lewis County / Weston as a place I do not enjoy to ride. I’m not exactly sure as to how I came to this conclusion, but looking back on my Garmin/Strava course history, I have much regard for rides in this area.

The southern end of Lewis county has one of the nicest aquatic scenery in North-Central WV. Stonewall Jackon Lake, and Stonecoal Reserve lake have so many opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing, and just cruising around while enjoying the view. Like much of West Virginia, you’ll find a lot of farmland, or highly rural locations in Weston. ( http://app.strava.com/rides/5084552 ) In the north, you start running into rides that will bring you into nearing Clarksburg areas. ( http://app.strava.com/rides/6825136 ) Luckily there is I-79 running vertically through this area to use as a landmark for orientation.

While bikes aren’t permitted on I-79, the turnoff points often are opportunities to grab a bag of peanuts, or a gatorade if need be.

Lewis County also has beautifully “flat,” nearly valley-like terrain, surrounded by rolling hills.

Rt. 19 From Jane Lew to roughly Walkersville is dreamy, and I’d like to bet follows the rules of railroad grading, if that makes any sense to you.

Oil Creek Road from Roanoake to Burnsville is also another fun little stretch, but be warned, it isn’t the smoothest road out there.

From the Weston Walmart to Jane Lew, on Hacker’s Creek road is also another enjoyable route. This gives you the opportunity to see Jackson’s Mill, too!

The Girl really enjoys Life’s Run Road off of Hacker’s Creek. ( http://app.strava.com/activities/4308591 ) The terrain is fun, and has a touch of challenge, but the farm animals, scenery, and architecture gives many opportunities to catch your eyes.

This is our fun ride that we start off, and memorialize a local cyclist who tragically died: ( http://app.strava.com/activities/6815969 )

Random ride: ( http://app.strava.com/activities/4308591 )

There are also some pretty sweet climbs in the area:
Georgetown Road is a terrible climb either way:

http://app.strava.com/segments/1005582

http://app.strava.com/segments/1005601

Here are some nice climbs in the southern area:

http://app.strava.com/segments/1077238

http://app.strava.com/segments/1077321

Lastly, Linger Run… Ugh

http://app.strava.com/segments/1005602

http://app.strava.com/segments/1005604

Photos:

 

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