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Old Philippi Pike

 

CR 23/9from Anmoore southeast to Rt 57

 

I had a few hours after work one day last week and decided to ride out of Clarksburg on the Old Philippi Pike. It was a beautiful (but chilly 40*) afternoon, and the weather forecast was for rain the next 4 or 5 days. I took advantage of the opportunity and jumped on the bike.

 

 

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Coming out of Clarksburg through East End, most traffic turns left at the old Union Carbide plant.

The Old Philippi Pike continues straight ahead, passing under I-79 and going past the old

C&P Telephone warehouse my dad worked at.

 

 

 

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In the 1970s, Chesapeake & Potomac (C&P) Telephone operated out of this large warehouse. They were part of Bell Telephone before the huge breakup.My dad worked with them over 40 years.

I remember driving out to pick him up after work if he worked overtime and missed his ride.

 

 

 

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Continuing out past Anmoore a couple of miles, the scenery suddenly changes to old farms.

 

 

 

 

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This farmer has all of his/her hay rolled up in large bales for the winter.

 

 

 

 

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Lots of old barns and sheds along this road.Definitely a trip back in time.

 

 

 

 

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Trinity Methodist Church and cemetery.

 

 

 

 

 

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West Virginia Fruit & Berry is a family owned and operated business specializing in jellies, jams, wines, and other goodies.

They are located just over 4 miles east of the old Union Carbide (just past the Trinity Methodist Church). Take Exit 117 off I-79.

 

 

 

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View inside the West Virginia Fruit & Berry shop.They also package and mail West Virginia-made products as gifts.

 

Their website:†† http://www.wvfruitandberry.com/

 

 

 

 

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Continuing on Old Philippi Pike.Relaxing ride. Just what I needed today after work.

 

 

 

 

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Another scenic old barn.

 

 

 

 

 

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Yes, another picturesque old shed.

 

 

 

 

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A nice old barn just begging to be photographed.

 

 

 

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Another view of the barn with some dried cow-parsnip.

 

 

 

 

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The Brushy Fork area.

 

 

 

 

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I made a new friend today.This goat was pretty interested in my motorcycle. Maybe he was deciding if it was edible.

I donít have any idea why the forked stick is fastened around its neck.

 

 

 

 

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Only in West Virginia.OK, how many cinder blocks high would you perch YOUR trailer?

Yikes Ė it looks like itís already leaning quite a bit. Love to be in there on a windy day!!!

 

 

 

 

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Some nice curvy sections of road to keep it interesting.

 

 

 

 

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And yet another old shed.

 

 

 

 

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After about 10 miles (and shortly after crossing into Barbour County), the road narrows to 1-1/2 lanes

and now is CR 18 (Stewartís Run Road). Itís about 3 miles from here out to Rt 57.

 

 

 

 

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Narrower road, but still paved.

 

 

 

 

 

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Past some old farms.

 

 

 

 

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Past some fields. The sun is just going down, so Iím watching for deer.

 

 

 

 

 

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I love this huge tree. Itís hard to tell, but it is about 100 feet behind the bike.

 

 

 

 

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The end. The Old Philippi Pike comes out on Rt 57 just before Elk City.Rather than take the main highway back into Clarksburg, I decided to turn around and ride back the same route I came.

I love exploring back roads!Hope you enjoyed it too.

 

 

 

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