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A Three State Sunday



Yesterday, I rode to Lesage, West Virginia, ate a couple of Hot Dogs and then rode home.

That’s the truth, but it doesn’t even begin to describe the day I had.

To begin with, the weather was a stereotypically hot like an August Sunday is supposed to be. The thermometer that I saw when I was gassing up for the trip home said 93 F. It was hot, but tolerable at 70 MPH.

I left Cincinnati and took a mix of Interstate and State highways there. I decided to stop at the first Rest Area in West Virginia and get a road map. When I stopped, there was a etched stone monument dedicating the Highway to the Airborne Paratroopers and Glidermen. I thought that was pretty nice. I’ve known a few former Airborne military, including one who got pretty seriously messed up when his chute didn’t open properly.

Anyway, I followed Google’s directions and almost rode past Hillbilly Hot Dogs. The directions said 3.4 miles after I turned right onto Route 2, but it was a bit less.

I don’t know how to describe the place. It’s an assault on your eyes. There’s strange stuff everywhere. We parked beside a rusted old ‘70s vintage Suzuki four that was buried in the ground up to its axles. Everything (and there’s more there than I could look at) screams Hillbilly loudly. From the building construction, to the haphazard scattering of all kinds of stuff. And all of it is covered with graffiti. The Dining area is a couple of old school busses with about a brazillion names on the ceiling in magic marker. There’s a giant “Still” with water coming out of a spiral copper tube and falling into a bathtub that's full of soapsuds with two legs sticking out. There’s a fiberglass speedboat with a “Flying Tigers” shark mouth painted on the bow (we all signed the boat on the forward deck). I saw some kid pick up the receiver on an old dial phone that was there. There’s so much stuff that there’s no way to take it all in. I’m going to have to go back again.

Anyhow, Brian was there when I pulled up and Roy pulled up just after I did. Roy was riding a newer Roadster with the better suspension. He’s put motocross style bars on it and also had the seat reupholstered. A new exhaust and some shock extenders that really helped the handling added to the bike’s performance. Joe pulled up on his bike shortly after, followed by Kelly and his daughter.

Hillbilly Hot dogs has about two dozen different varieties of hot dogs you can get They have one called The Home Wrecker it’s 15” long, and weighs a pound. Once all the condiments are on it, it weighs three pounds or so. And, if that’s not enough, they have one that’s even bigger. I don’t recall the name of it, not it’s specs, but I can’t imagine anyone being able to finish one, though I’m sure that there are people who can and have done so.

The purpose of these Meet&Eats is for socializing. We did that. We talked about all different aspects of motorcycles and motorcycling. We hung around there until about 4:30, then headed out. I had planned my route as a big loop, so I was headed north for a little while before turning west towards Cincinnati.

Four of us headed North while Kelly and his daughter (whose name I can’t remember) headed south towards Huntington. Once we got up to Rt. 35, Brian and I peeled off to go west while Roy and Joe continued north. I split from Brian at Rt. 32. He continued north while I went west. As the sun dropped lower in the sky, the temperatures fell into the mid to upper 80s, making for a delightful ride. I got home a little before sunset.

For me, it was a very enjoyable day and I got to meet with some really good people.


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A Three State Sunday



Yesterday, I rode to Lesage, West Virginia, ate a couple of Hot Dogs and then rode home.

That’s the truth, but it doesn’t even begin to describe the day I had.

To begin with, the weather was a stereotypically hot like an August Sunday is supposed to be. The thermometer that I saw when I was gassing up for the trip home said 93 F. It was hot, but tolerable at 70 MPH.

I left Cincinnati and took a mix of Interstate and State highways there. I decided to stop at the first Rest Area in West Virginia and get a road map. When I stopped, there was a etched stone monument dedicating the Highway to the Airborne Paratroopers and Glidermen. I thought that was pretty nice. I’ve known a few former Airborne military, including one who got pretty seriously messed up when his chute didn’t open properly.

Anyway, I followed Google’s directions and almost rode past Hillbilly Hot Dogs. The directions said 3.4 miles after I turned right onto Route 2, but it was a bit less.

I don’t know how to describe the place. It’s an assault on your eyes. There’s strange stuff everywhere. We parked beside a rusted old ‘70s vintage Suzuki four that was buried in the ground up to its axles. Everything (and there’s more there than I could look at) screams Hillbilly loudly. From the building construction, to the haphazard scattering of all kinds of stuff. And all of it is covered with graffiti. The Dining area is a couple of old school busses with about a brazillion names on the ceiling in magic marker. There’s a giant “Still” with water coming out of a spiral copper tube and falling into a bathtub that's full of soapsuds with two legs sticking out. There’s a fiberglass speedboat with a “Flying Tigers” shark mouth painted on the bow (we all signed the boat on the forward deck). I saw some kid pick up the receiver on an old dial phone that was there. There’s so much stuff that there’s no way to take it all in. I’m going to have to go back again.

Anyhow, Brian was there when I pulled up and Roy pulled up just after I did. Roy was riding a newer Roadster with the better suspension. He’s put motocross style bars on it and also had the seat reupholstered. A new exhaust and some shock extenders that really helped the handling added to the bike’s performance. Joe pulled up on his bike shortly after, followed by Kelly and his daughter.

Hillbilly Hot dogs has about two dozen different varieties of hot dogs you can get They have one called The Home Wrecker it’s 15” long, and weighs a pound. Once all the condiments are on it, it weighs three pounds or so. And, if that’s not enough, they have one that’s even bigger. I don’t recall the name of it, not it’s specs, but I can’t imagine anyone being able to finish one, though I’m sure that there are people who can and have done so.

The purpose of these Meet&Eats is for socializing. We did that. We talked about all different aspects of motorcycles and motorcycling. We hung around there until about 4:30, then headed out. I had planned my route as a big loop, so I was headed north for a little while before turning west towards Cincinnati.

Four of us headed North while Kelly and his daughter (whose name I can’t remember) headed south towards Huntington. Once we got up to Rt. 35, Brian and I peeled off to go west while Roy and Joe continued north. I split from Brian at Rt. 32. He continued north while I went west. As the sun dropped lower in the sky, the temperatures fell into the mid to upper 80s, making for a delightful ride. I got home a little before sunset.

For me, it was a very enjoyable day and I got to meet with some really good people.

Cool, sounds like a good time
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It was a good day, all 'round. Great company, & hot dogs worth a return trip. About 400 miles for me. A mix of mostly 4 lane US routes, 23, 52 & 35 & some 2 laners, WV 2, OH 7, 38, 42 & a couple others. Got home around 8.
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If you do this next year, I'd like to get in on that! Make a two dayer out of it, stay at my cabin near Jackson and ride some of the great roads in the area - Rt. 141!
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Just 20 or so minutes up the road in Point Pleasant is Mothman, worth a stop if in the area

I will likely be doing a ride to Hill Billy Hotdogs in the spring, say late March or early April. Will post in advance and hope others can make it
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