It’s not quite Tail of the Dragon (and other Appalachian musings)

US-60 between Gauley Bridge and Ansted is pretty darn cool. Plus Gauley Bridge at 60 is gorgeous.

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And when you reach Ansted, if somehow you haven’t figured out this is coal country, there’s a nice reminder. Is this technically a statue?

(Speaking of coal country, there’s a nice stretch of US-52 in Ohio with three towns in rapid succession named to help you remember where you are: Franklin Furnace, Ironton, and Coal Grove. If you’re ever passing through, stop by Bailey’s Convenience Store in Franklin Furnace and try the cheeseburger. You won’t regret it.)

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I tried to visit the Museum of Radio & Technology in Huntington, but despite their published schedule they weren’t open. I’m hoping that was a fluke and not a permanent closure, and I’ve left a message asking them to call me to tell me whether they’ll be open next weekend when I return westward.

There’s also a railroad museum nearby, so maybe I’ll get lucky and catch a two-fer.

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This is, believe it or not, a purebred German Shepherd. I’m drawing a blank on both his name and his owner’s, despite the fact that I met them less than 4 hours ago.

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I drove up their hill to take a photo of the town below, Boomer.

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As it turned out, the railroad you can just see beyond the town was exactly where this massive derailment occurred.

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Among other cool things to photograph, there are churches here. Lots and lots of churches. Including a historic church built in 1853, Virginia’s Chapel Church.

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You can see car photos, both in my earlier car show post and the tracks I’ve been posting. Unfortunately I just figured out that the software that I use to create the tracks, and upload photos along the way, doesn’t record the GPS location in the metadata of the photos I take with it. Irony, thy name is Locatoweb.

So, I’m done with uploading photos there. Maybe even done with the software itself. Maddening.

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I leave you with one last amusement.

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