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Rt 20 – Hacker
Diner is located about 2 miles south of Hacker Valley and Holly River State
Park on Rt 20.
To the uninitiated, it appears to be an old trailer with a simple “Rella’s” sign on the outside wall. I rode by several times before stopping for
lunch one day, only because I had read about it on the ADV Forum. What I found was truly a “Destination” you
can’t miss when you ride WV.
is the owner, chef, disciplinarian, historian, and waitress all wrapped up in
one feisty Great-Grandma of a package!
She prepares meals here 7 days a week.
daughter, Jeaneace, was ill and hospitalized this
past summer (2010), so a group of ADV Riders decided to meet there one day
for lunch to show our support. It was quite apparent how popular Rella is when about 30 riders from all over West
Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and even Ohio showed up! The following photos were taken throughout
the year during several stops for lunch.
there are only 6 or 8 tables, so you had better get here early if you want a
good seat. If you have to eat on the
floor, though, don’t worry. It is
spotless! Note the tennis balls
attached to each chair leg so they don’t scratch the floor.
view of the dining room before the crowd arrives.
sign outside tells about the November Ramp Dinner. Rella prepares a
feast with ramps, scrambled eggs, bacon, beans, cornbread, and lots more.
gang’s all here. Altogether, we had
about 30-35 people stop by throughout the afternoon to say “Hi” to Rella and present her with a little “Thank you” for all
of her hospitality over the years.
is a file photo from earlier in 2010 showing three generations of Stumps
ready to cook and serve a great meal:
Jonna – Rella’s Great
Jeaneace – Rella’s
Daughter, Jonna’s Grandmother
is my occasional travel partner & mascot.
take a peek in the pie fridge! Rella always has several home-made pies in the
fridge. She makes them from scratch –
even the meringue! My favorites are
the peanut butter pie, graham cracker pie, and lemon meringue. But, they’re ALL good! Just like grandma used to make.
Jeaneace is showing one of the peanut butter
photo from summer 2010 before she was hospitalized)
working in the hot kitchen to make sure we all have a great lunch. THANKS, RELLA!
hard at work helping out in the kitchen and serving our meals. Thanks,
of the crew from the ADV Rider forum - (L-R) DuckWV,
GuyYoung, Stedlo, RiderDDonald (back turned), KWN306's wife (sorry I didn't
get your name), and KWN306.
This is the “Junior” burger and onion rings, if you only
want a Quarter-Pounder. Real
meat! Real lettuce &
tomatoes. Real onions.
Cooked just right!
KWN306's wife and him (white shirt), John (COG Member in black shirt), Tony
(COG Member in white shirt), RiderDDonald (yellow
shirt turned away again!), Stedlo (red shirt), Guy YOung (white shirt), and Duck WV.
(L-standing) and HBurgNinja (from Virginia - Dk.
blue shirt - R - standing) joined us shortly after we arrived.
from Ohio enjoying his lunch! Burger time.
also sampled the pie! Graham cracker. Mmmmmm.
had his pie and milk, so he's a happy guy.
Bill (back), SouthSide (left) and ORexpat (right) enjoying the great food.
home cookin' just like Mom and Grandma used to
special – meatloaf.
and his wife Dona (with 1 "n") enjoying
stomachs full and visions of naptime dancing in our heads, it was time to
move on to the reason we were there. Guy Young called Rella
out to tell her how special she is to all of us, and much we appreciate her
help out with expenses with her daughter Jeaneace
(who was recovering in a nursing home in Flatwoods at the time), the ADV and
COG Riders collected over $1,350. Rella
has had to close the diner to go visit her, and there are always things not
covered by insurance that this will hopefully help pay for.
was visibly overwhelmed by the gift. She later told me she was so
appreciative, but would never ask for charity. I told her charity is when you
take something without having given. This is not charity,
it's a small repayment of all the kindness she has given to us.
it was a wonderful day. Good fellowship with other riders we only knew as
nicknames on a computer screen. Great food (as always!). And the feeling of
helping out a well-deserving friend.
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