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Country roads, take me home...

I took a drive that would have made John Denver proud this past week. I had a work meeting on the other side of the state at Snowshoe, WV in Pocahontas County. I got a chance to give the new BMS engine mount a workout with positive results (see the BMS Engine Mount thread) and managed to get some great fuel economy along the way (see Fuel economy tricks thread).

I stuck to the back roads and enjoyed some two lane parts of the state that I have not seen before. There is some beautiful and very rural country on the eastern side of the state. I live in a rural area, but this is RURAL! At least I'm only a half hour from a gas station and grocery store, these folks really have to drive.

Cruising along the creeks and streams, it was cool enough to skip the AC and just drive with the window down which probably helped a good deal on the MPG front. I probably averaged 50-55 mph over the trip to and from Snowshoe. Of course, there was a fair amount of mountain climbing involved.

And, to top it off, I had a smart sighting on my way. I hardly ever see another smart in "downtown" Charleston, but I passed a yellow one in the middle of nowhere around the Monongahela National Forest. We both waved and honked, what a hoot!

Just thought I'd share my short road trip experience....

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Good for you. My wife's from WV, and she absolutely HATES rural two lanes. Not me.
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I was born in Wheeling. Still get that fealing now and again.... Sounds like a great drive.
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Was it a paved road? Wasn't that rural then. Seriously though. I love to drive the country roads where everyone that is sitting on their front porch waves because they only see one car pass by every half hour.



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Was it a paved road? Wasn't that rural then. Seriously though. I love to drive the country roads where everyone that is sitting on their front porch waves because they only see one car pass by every half hour.
Paved roads (and much better than I expected on most of the trip), but more livestock and deer than people!

I also forgot to mention that I tiptoed through an internationally recognized speedtrap in Summersville, WV. Of course, I wasn't on the cash cow Route 19, I just crossed over it and didn't see any cops. From Summersville, West Virginia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Summersville, especially along U.S. Route 19, is well-known as a speed trap. In 2001 the police department of Summersville issued 18,133 tickets. :eek: Because of this, the city has been seen on several network TV programs including CNN, CBS, CBC, and the BBC. As late as 2007, the National Motorists Association ranked Summersville as the worst speed trap in the state of West Virginia. The city has been further seen in Money Magazine, USA Today, and dozens of local newspapers in the Midwest."

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