Virginia's Blue Ridge: A Mountain Wanderlove Experience
Wanderlove: a strong desire to travel to Virginia’s incredible outdoor destinations. For a mountain adventure you won't forget head to Virginia’s Blue Ridge for mountain biking, kayaking and a whole lot more!
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For the first two nights after selling our house, our friends and neighbors, Phil and Sheryl, invited us to stay with them at their beautiful home located at Smith Mountain Lake, VA. Diane and I, and Shadow enjoyed our visit, especially the ride in their boat, despite the cooler weather. Thank you Phil and Sheryl for your wonderful hospitality, a fun time and a perfect send-off into our retirement journey!
The Mountie County Challenge!!!
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7 Questions About The Mountie County Challenge:
1. What is the Mountie County Challenge?
The Mountie County Challenge is a call to arms to West Virginians to go out and explore their home state. It can be accomplished in three simple steps:
(1) Visit a small town or county in West Virginia that you have never been to before.
(2) Support local businesses, artists, and attractions during your visit.
(3) Share your experience online with friends, family, and the Mountie County Challenge Facebook Page.
Keep in mind that no trip is too big or too small to share. Whether you are planning a three-day weekend in Berkeley Springs or stopping at the Main Street Cafe in Jane Lew on your way to a Mountaineer game, as long as you are supporting West Virginia-based businesses, artists, and attractions, its the Mountie County Challenge!
2. Why did you create the Mountie County Challenge?
We created the Mountie County Challenge because we believe that West Virginia is the best kept secret in the United States. West Virginia has an incredibly rich history and culture, innovative small businesses and artists, and some of the most stunning natural beauty in the world. For too long, however, the national media has depicted West Virginia as backwards, uncultured, and in a state of terminal decline.
We believe that the only people that can change this narrative are West Virginians themselves. By taking The Mountie County Challenge, we can showcase the many wonderful local businesses, artists, and attractions that populate our state, while promoting fun, positive images of West Virginia to friends and family living across the country and the world.
3. The Mountie County Challenge sounds great, but what's with the silly dances?
We recognize that many West Virginians would love to explore their home state, but wouldn't necessarily know where to begin. To ease that process, we wanted to provide West Virginians a list of fifty-five small businesses, local landmarks, and tourist attractions to help spark ideas for a trip (one for each county in the state). We hoped that dancing to James Brown in a Mountaineer outfit would capture your attention long enough to show all fifty-five counties!
4. Where can I find a list of the locations featured in the video?
The full list can be found here:
We have also prepared a comprehensive list of West Virginia-based businesses, artists, and attractions -- the County Hunters Starter-Kit -- to help West Virginians plan their next trip.
The Starter-Kit can be found here:
5. I know of a local business, artist or attraction that is not featured on The County Hunters StarterKit, can it be added to the list?
Yes, just e-mail the name and location of the business to email@example.com.
Keep in mind, however, that this list was created by West Virginians to support West Virginia-based businesses, artists, and attractions. If you are NOT headquartered in West Virginia, by all means move here and we'll add you to the list!
6. I am a West Virginia-based small business owner or artist, can I advertise on the Mountie County Challenge Facebook Page?
Absolutely (it's free!). But don't just tell us what you sell, we want to know your story and why you love West Virginia. Also, while dancing in front of your storefront is not required, it is heavily encouraged!
7. Who are The County Hunters behind The Mountie County Challenge?
We are a family from Charleston, West Virginia. We have been incredibly blessed to call Almost Heaven home for generations, and we wanted to come up with a creative way to showcase what makes West Virginia such an incredible place to live and raise a family.
If you have any other questions about The Mountie County Challenge, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to speak with local newspapers about our experience visiting your communities.
DISCLAIMERS: We have not monetized this video, nor are we seeking to profit from it. If there are advertisements, it is due to the use of copyrighted material. We also have no affiliation with West Virginia University or the West Virginia Tourism Office. Comments are disabled because we want to direct engagement to The Mountie County Challenge Facebook page.
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Tail of the Dragon - The most intense, epic, nauseating video you will see in the next 12 minutes!
Shot by some guy who walked up with his helmet on to rent my camera, paid with cash, never said a word, rode away. (Then brought my camera back and this was on it.) I will never forget you you mysterious, Stig-like Adonis.
(Shot with my rental Garmin Virb action camera with telemetry/data logging and the Garmin Shoulder-Mount vest. Rent yours at my setup at the south end of the Dragon in the Tail of the Dragon parking area.)
West Virginia Life (FULL HD)
Many are not aware of how AWESOME it is in West Virginia. Heck some do not even know that we are our own state. Anywho, we wanted to give everyone a peek into what it is like to
live in and visit #FayetteCountyWV and #NicholasCountyWV Everything from boating on Summersville Lake, zip lining through the tree tops, rafting through the New River Gorge, or just sitting back and taking in the breathtaking scenery.
There are many reasons why the masses call West Virginia Almost Heaven and in this video we show you a few. So whether you already live here or plan on putting us on your vacation list come get some of our outdoors . Not to mention all the locals are pretty stellar and friendly. See You Soon!
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Top 5 Reasons to ride Small Motorcycle on a Long Adventure trip
Why to ride Small bike on a long Adventure trip? Motorcycle touring.
Most of the experience riders, will advice you that on the long trip you need to have big adventure bike, something like BMW 1200 or Yamaha Super Tenere. You will need powerful engine and enough luggage capacity. Big petrol tank is absolutely necessary and there is nothing better than driveshaft. In this video I will try to convince you that on the long motorcycle tip it’s much better to ride a small and light bike. Stay with me!
N: 1 – The price of the trip.
To travel the world you need a motorcycle: Big adventure bikes, like BMW 1200GS, KTM 1290 or Yamaha Super Tenere will cost you not less than 15,000 euro. When you include your gear and the hard cases you can go up to 18,000 euro. This will be just to have the bike, than will comes tyres, oils, maintenance taxes and insurance. With the big boys the costs will be 30-40 up to 50% higher than a small and cheap bike. Spending so much money will not guarantee that you will have better adventure, it’s only guarantee that you will spend much more before you even start the trip.
N: 2 – The Weight
The weigh always matter. If you are looking for adventure, soon or later you will leave the asphalt roads and go deep into the off road world. It’s just the matter of time to realize that the lighter you are the better chances to stay straight you have. To learn that the big and heavy engine is useless on the dirt. To find out that it’s much easier to lift 200 instead of 300 kilograms. You can make it once, twice or ten times, but you cannot do it all day round. You have to skip some parts of the road or you will need help. More you travel lighter you will become.
N: 3 - Constant instead of top speed.
You don’t need to be super good in the calculations to see that on the long motorcycle trip it’s much better to have a constant instead of top speed. You might disagree with me and tell me that you prefer big bike, but you will ride it slow. Really, why you need a big bike then? I have seen many guys to ride small bikes fast, but I have never seen the opposite way. When you ride fast you have to be concentrated on the ride. By doing so, you cannot really look around and enjoy the ride. You can miss important thing or information signs. You increase the chances to make an accident or to avoid somebody else mistake. Reduce the speed if you want to see the world.
N: 4 – Good reason to take less luggage.
With small and light bike, you probably will go to soft luggage, which is right if you ask me, and this will automatically reduce the number of the items you taking with you. You don’t need to double or triple everything. You will ride on Earth not on Mars. Leave the kitchen sink and the toilet seat at home, they are too heavy. Yes, but on the long trip you need more staff! Really! Guys, I always taking the same staff and it doesn’t matter how long is the trip, one week or one month.
N: 5 - Safety.
I will split this on two categories:
- Personal safety.
With small and light bike it’s much easy to ride in the traffic and do some not so legal manoeuvres. Easy to move it when the engine is not working. Easy to ride on and off road and lift it, if you have to. More likely to stay unhurt if you fell down and stuck under the bike. Easy to cross a river or ride on the sand, especially if you are alone. By having this easy control you are increasing the chances to finish the trip without any problems.
- Bike safety.
So guys, the definition of Adventure is exciting or unusual experience that usually involving some risks. You can do it with any bike. Instead of spending 20,000 euro for new and fancy bike, spend 5 or 7,000 and the rest use to travel the world.
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Blue Ridge Mountain, Virginia
Für die 800 Kilometer lange Fahrt über den Skyline Drive und den Blue Ridge Parkway, die von Vielen als schönste Strasse Amerikas bezeichnet wird, hatten wir nun 7 Tage gebraucht. Die Strasse führte fast immer auf den Höhenrücken der Appalachians zwischen 1000 und 2100 Metern vom Shenandoah Nationalpark im Norden Virginias bis zum Great Smoky Mountain Nationalpark im Süden von North Carolina.
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