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Us50 & Us340

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Anyone ever ridden either of these in the above states? US 50 is full of old alignments and interesting infrastructure from Paris,VA. to the VA/WV state line. It's then a rugged mountain 2-lane all the way to Clarksburg,WV. From there to the Ohio River, the signed route is 4-lane, but there are many bypassed alignments and small towns.

US 340 only goes from Frederick,MD. to just west of Stuart's Draft,VA. (US11), but it's MD. original route (MD180) has some interesting sights between there and Harper's Ferry,WV, where you can literally drown in history. The WV section is relatively short,and the road gets really neat between Berryville and Waynesboro,VA. Lots of buildings, old alignments, small towns, and the beautiful scenery of the Shenandoah Valley. I had a chance recently to photograph a bypassed bridge north of Luray.

Warren Jenkins

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