Stop the pipeline? Stop fracking

As interest — mostly in opposition — builds on the proposed 42-inch natural gas pipeline that would transmit the fuel from a fracking operation in West Virginia to a distribution center in Chatham and travel and strangely circuitious route through Giles, Pulaski, Montgomery, Floyd, Franklin and Pittsylvania counties, one wonders if the answer to a […]

Losing the War in West Virginia

You know a community is in trouble when even the police department and jail is closed and boarded up. War, West Virginia, calls itself the southernmost city in the state but like so many communities where coal was once king, War has seen better days. Discovered War by accident while riding West Virginia 16 on […]

Roads less traveled

Did you know Virginia Rte. 8 comes to a dead end when it intersects with U.S. 11 in Christiansburg? Or that U.S. 221 ends its 734 mile journey in Lynchburg? As an incurable road explorer in either a Wrangler or on a Harley, I like to see where highways lead. It’s interesting to travel a […]

Spring day road trip

Give me a gorgeous Spring day, a full gas tank on my Harley Super-Glide and an open road and I just go where the whim takes me. After breakfast with friends at the North Star restaurant south of Buchanan, I headed up U.S. 11 then up Virginia 43 to the Blue Ridge Parkway and looped […]