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Holly River / Monterey VA

Sugar Grove / Champe Rocks

 

July 2008

 

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First stop of the day, Webster Springs.  The Happy House Church.

 

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Rt 250 just over the VA border toward Monterey.  Nice overlook.

 

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Rt 250 eastbound approaching Monterey VA. 

 

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After a quick hot dog in Monterey, it was north on Rt 220 and back into WV.

 

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Just a few miles north of the WV border, I turned east onto CR 25 toward Moyers and Sugar Grove.

I was heading to the Naval Base at Sugar Grove (who would have thought the Navy would be in WV??).

 

 

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The Methodist Church in Sugar Grove. 

Shortly after this, I had an odd encounter.  Being on a backroad with no oncoming traffic,

I raised the visor on my full-face helmet to get some fresh air (it was hot!)   A few moments later,

a bee flew in and stung me by my left eye.  Ouch!  Luckily, I was only going about 45 MPH at the time,

and could safely stop and pull off the road.  After removing my helmet, I pulled a large stinger out of my

left temple about an inch behind the eye.  It was sore, but nothing too bad until 2 days later when I awoke to

a left eye half swollen shut.  A quick trip to the VA Hospital nearby, and I was on a routine of

Benedryl and ice packs.  Oh well, it was only the 2nd time in 30 years of riding. 

 

 

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I could not take photos around the Naval Base at Sugar Grove for security reasons.

Heading north, I passed through Brandywine, then Oak Flat, where I turned north on CR 3 to

Ft Seybert, where I turned left onto CR 14 toward Kline (photo above).

The next photo is from the road ahead looking back to this spot. 

 

 

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CR 14 near Kline.  Looking back on where I took the previous photo.  Nice area!

 

 

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CR 12 near Kline, also known as ………..

 

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After a stop at our farm near Petersburg to pick up a metal detector (that’s it strapped on the back),

I headed back home via Champe Rocks (above), Seneca, Elkins, and Philippi. 

 

 

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A brief history of Champe Rocks.  I’ve passed this sign hundreds of times and

this is the first time I have stopped to read it. 

 

Hope you enjoyed today’s ride.

 

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