Yeah, the scenery is often wonderful but most of the time during my 9 mile trek I have to keep my eyes on the road for fear of hitting one of the gargantuan potholes that inhabit our back roads. I would love to watch the trees zoom by and the beautiful green hills all around but noooo, I can’t, because the minute I take my eyes off the road I risk hitting one of the canyons in the road and possibly dying!
I have decided to make a pictorial of my bike journey on Ed Arnold Road, Martinsburg Grade Road, Bear Wallow Road and finally Ed Arnold Road. The trip is about 9.3 miles and requires lots of steep climbs and exhilarating downhills, which are lots of fun, when you are not dodging potholes. It generally takes anywhere from 38 minutes to 45 minutes depending on what kind of physical condition I am in. For the last several months I have been attempting to ride the loop, but the condition of the roads is deplorable! I have decided to take pictures of the road so that you can see what challenges lie for travelers on the back roads of Hampshire County.
I start out on Ed Arnold Rd which is bumpy but somewhat rideable. Here is the first trench I must navigate around.
As I continue on Ed Arnold Rd the holes get bigger.
And more extensive….
Do you think that might take out a ball joint?
Hard to get around this one.
I need a wider angle lens to take these scenes.
After leaving Ed Arnold Road I travel up the mountain on Martinsburg grade which , for some reason, has been patched. Then I turn onto Bear Wallow for some real hole-dodging.
Just a few more….
and the final hole for the day.
What is really crazy is that I wasted several hours of time taking these pictures, downloading them and putting them together for the worst blog in the history of blogging! Being a bike rider in West Virginia is hard enough with the narrow roads and sometimes unfriendly drivers, but some of our roads are not even safe for a slow moving car, let alone a fast moving bike! Well, I have wasted enough of your time as well as mine. If you know someone who has any authority on road maintenance, please forward this to them and you may save the life of a biker.