A journey through local music scenes in the American heartland as heard from a bicycle.

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Parkersburg, WV

Parkersburg, WV

Wed, Sep 15, 2010
Parkersburg, West Virginia
84 Degrees, Sunny. Turning to autumn.


We finally made it to Parkersburg, and let me tell you folks - West Virginia was not short, and it was not flat. While in The Mountain State we saw the seasons, people, and landscape change from what they were back East. The people were especially generous and friendly, as we were warmly welcomed not only at our couchsurfing stops, but by nearly everyone we met (a few rough-and-tumble bartenders excepted).

We took Route 50 through the entire state, and overall, it was a good ride. If you are comfortable dealing with three super-large inclines, Route 50 is a gorgeous stretch of road with room to ride, and will take you through a part of West Virginia few people experience.

Maj and Dan due West

The state is filled with music, and all of us at Bandcycle are disappointed we weren't able to take more time to check it out. Multiple people directed us toward The Purple Fiddle, so if you are in middle of West Virginia, we recommend you stop by. They have live music every night. It sounds great. 

In Parkersburg we stayed with our new couchsurfing friend, Meg, who cooked a delicious meal filled with all sorts of delights (notably, roasted Brussels sprouts, which were unexpectedly delicious). The city looked like it had seen better days; the downtown seemed unchanged since the 70s. Hopefully the region will find a new, wealth-bringing industry in the coming years, because the people and landscape truly live up to the state's slogan - Wild and Wonderful.

Tomorrow we head to Athens, Ohio. We're excited to enter the Midwest, but we're more excited to hear music from The New Vinton County Frogwhompers, an Athens-based band that played a large role in bringing bluegrass music to mainstream audiences in the late 70s and early 80s. A true Appalachian band, we look forward to what will surely be a memorable evening.

- Maj

Distance Biked: 65 miles

Distance Biked to Date: 574 miles