Sutton, WV 2009

Mark Riermaier Chicago, IL

 

 

I am sending you a short description of a trip I took. In 2009, I took a trip to West Virginia from my home in suburban Chicago. Coming from the flat farmland of the Midwest to the hills and mountains of the Appalachians is a huge thrill. Although I spent most nights camping, I did have a late afternoon with temperatures in the 40's and decided to look for a room. I stopped in Sutton (which is in Braxton county) near I-79 and RT 15. I was hoping I wouldn't have to pay to stay at a chain motel. I was lucky to come upon the Elk Motel which at the time was 35 bucks a night. In the morning I noticed an official looking state sign that pointed to a dam. With the morning fog lingering I thought maybe I'd kill some time and check it out. It was certainly worth a look as it's a good size dam. It's worth a detour if you're in the area.

 

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Lots of great riding in WV, especially in the fall.

 

 

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Sutton Dam

 

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From the other side. Nice effect with the morning mist.

 

 

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Official plaque.

 

 

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Another view from below.

 

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Time to find a room.

 

 

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Home for the night.

 

Thanks to Mark Riermaier for contributing these photos and report. (Submitted Sept 2012)

 

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