US-60 between Gauley Bridge and Ansted is pretty darn cool. Plus Gauley Bridge at 60 is gorgeous.
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.)
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.
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.
I drove up their hill to take a photo of the town below, Boomer.
As it turned out, the railroad you can just see beyond the town was exactly where this massive derailment occurred.
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.
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.
I leave you with one last amusement.