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I-64 East & I-77 South: West Virginia Turnpike

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***SEASON FINALE*** This is the final video for 2011, enjoy!

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This is a video kind of like what I use to do like of making those highway videos!
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Your video looks so cool that those mountains look like the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina! That video you made was in West Virginia because those mountains are the Blue Ridge Mountains. That video looks so cool for your last video in 2011!! I saw some more videos you made in The Summer of 2012 up in the Northeastern Part of The United States of The Cities like, Washington D.C., Boston, New York City, and in some states like, New Hampshire and Massachusetts! Also I saw some other videos in The Summer of 2013 that you made in the west part of The United States cities and one of The Cities is San Francisco!! And some states was, California, Colorado, and Nevada! But still that video back in 2011 is very cool! I hope you are making some more videos in The West because would to see them!
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+Jack Lynch Thank you, all 60 of my videos from out west are done and uploaded, I hope you caught the finale #13-60, 160 miles through the rockies uninterrupted, kinds of puts this one to shame...having newer equipment helps too :0
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I'm a Kentucky native (Ashland).  My mom is from West Virginia and I've worked in WV most of my adult life.  There is NOTHING like the Appalachians.  God's Country.  It truly is.  These mountains of ours are the oldest on Earth! (HUNDREDS of millions of years)
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I enjoy driving through this area but have you seen the Rockies? There's nothing quite like them either. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JX1zzsF6bpQ&index=10&list=PLqKr0VZxEGwBI-oC9v2UiZH2N0X5z8g5g
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nothing like a road trip with rush
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I have a lot of family in West Virginia.  Seeing all these have been pretty sweet. :) I'm loving these road trips down memory lane.
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Glad you are enjoying the videos. I invite you to check out the 2013 videos of my trip west, I used a much better camera for that trip and IMO the videos are of an overall higher quality.
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wow. THAT is what you call a drive. 
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Thanks, if you think that is a drive check out my I-70 Video through the Rockies (#13-60 Featured Video on my main channel page), now THAT is a ride.
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I like the video! where do you get the signs?
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@adogg619 No this is pretty much it, glad you enjoyed West Virginia.
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I LOVE Rush and have seen them live! Excellent track and great video! If you ever get the chance to see them live, DO IT!
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Nice roads over there and wonderfull sightseeing. Thats somewhat different than the flat countryside here in The NEtherlands.
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That's what I call scenery. thumbs up .
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Amazing twisty road !!! Very nice season finale , i like it !!! Happy holydays from me and wish you even better new year and new season !!!
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@expresswayjess Thanks, yes there will be more videos next year for sure.
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Also, that very narrow part of the valley at 2:13 or so is the deep cut where the Turnpike's old two-lane tunnel was bypassed during the highway's four-lane upgrade. The spoils from that cut were used as fill for the part right past the cut and the former tunnel is still there to the right of the modern roadway, now used for DHS and related agency training.
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You americans have one of the best roads.... In Lithuania, it's basically a waist land... And btw what car are you driving?
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@Mikej1592 Thank you! You have some great roads in the Portland area, it's someplace I'd sure like to film. Check out my good friend FreewayBrent ion YT, he has lost of west coast videos.
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Thank you, they are actual photos I took along the way and the others are from wikipedia.
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the scenery looks like it'd belong right at home in China
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@aswchris I-77 comes into West Virginia from Virginia via the East River Mountain Tunnel. The Memorial Tunnel along the turnpike itself was bypassed as part of the expansion.
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@EdgarasRein Thanks, I'm driving my Acura TL in this video.
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Awesome video. I have never been on the WV TP. Looks really scenic.there. I love that Rush song!! You picked a good one to use on this video.
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The USA has some of the most beautiful scenic highways systems in the world! great video! 10/10 well shot!
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I rode north on I-77, headed to Ohio at least 4 times. I love the ride, but hate the mountains. I have sensitive ears, and the pressure is a nightmare for me.
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@Aussieroadgeek Thank you! yeah and that's mid 1980's dollars, it would likely cost several $ Billion today.
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@aswchris Thanks! There used to be a tunnel at 2:20 (on the right) when it was a two lane expressway, the road was re-routed around it during the 1980's reconstruction. The tunnel is now used for Homeland Security and emergency training.
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@QuizzicalOne Thanks! The WV Turnpike has three open toll booths roughly 25 miles apart.
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@meteorologist4life Thank you very much and the same to you and yours!
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Traffic was moving around the speed limit, I was 5-15 MPH over at any given point, the sped up video makes the passing more dramatic than it really was in real-time.
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Thank you. Self-Imposed restrictions: I basically take one big trip (5-6 days) a year to shoot most of my footage with the exception of where I live or a day trip here and there. That said I usually have enough footage to make 40-50 videos after the big trip which is very time consuming and takes from summer to about Thanksgiving to produce and upload them all. By that time I usually have no desire to film/produce anything until the following spring.
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Thanks for the great vids, hope there is more to come for 2012!!
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Happy holidays to you and your family Jim and thanks for the great vids!
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Oh, and @ gangstervural: I've seen the Dutch freeways, and yes, they're very nicely built. They all run through nice flat Dutch countryside. Now let's see the Dutch build some freeways through mountain areas like in West Virginia south of the Kanawha Valley.
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I bet it's beautiful when it snows there.
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Is the West Va. Turnpike on a closed (ticketed) system like the tollways from Portage, IN on east, or is it on an open system (paying every 10 or so miles, like the Illinois Tollway system)? Judging by the video, the interchanges looked like standard diamonds. Anywho, great videos, and I'll see you in 2012!
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@FreewayBrent Thanks, I think you'd like WV, very rugged and interesting but probably not as spectacular as to what you are used to in the western states.
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$683 Million? Did I read that correctly?
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Thank you for Posting you Videos I did Enjoy Watching all of them. I can't wait for Next Years!
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Great rollercoaster ride. Amazing though that this road doesn't have tunnels, if it was in Europe you'd sure see a dozen tunnels.
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Nice work Jim! Beautiful mountains in WV!
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I consider this stretch of The Turnpike "the Lonely Stretch" Because From Exits 48-85, there are only 5 Exits (54, 60, 66, 74, 79) 2 Rest Areas, (Travel Plaza NB MM72, Rest Area SB MM 70) and 2 Services on Exits (BP, Ex. 54, Sunoco, Ex. 66.) And really, You start to feel a little lonely down this stretch, because they're not much to see but dozens of Mountains around you... But I thank you for traveling down this stretch of road, Because I travel down it a least twice a Year... -Ranger L.-
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@mcsslover1987 Thank you! the Turnpike is a fun and scenic drive if you get the chance to take it, those 88 miles fly by fast when you're having fun.
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Wow, this is a GREAT 4 lane tollway! This actually reminds me a bit of Interstate 5 in southern Oregon. For some odd reason, I love freeways/tollways that have one directional set of lanes elevated higher than the other directional set of lanes (such as what you see at 1:13). One of these days, I'll have to get out there, grab some gear and get lost out in the West Virginia back country for a few days.
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Great video finale. If I were a betting man I would say you're going to head out West in 2012.
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Nice piece of WV, I'm curious how fast where you driving? I'm guessing traffic was moving at 73-75 mph.... 95? no particular reason just curious.
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Suggestion for you: Interstate 35 specifically; but anypart of Kansas City has great interstates. everywhere in the river valley is amazing..and the Downtown Loop
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Now I want to drive around here (Portland Oregon) with my camera lol. You did a really good job on this video. There are no roads here that seem all that interesting, perhaps the highway 101 that runs along the coast. It's really a neat highway, I just don't know any history about it, I wonder if anyone has already done any west coast videos?
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Great job, haven't been to WV in a long time; pretty state in summer. Your vids make me feel like I'm riding shot gun in the car!
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@fennisdembo1 Thanks and Merry Christmas to you. This was part of a vacation, I was only out of town for six days this year, I really don't get out as much as you might think, or as much as I'd like.
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Thanks for a nice trip down an amazing stretch of highway. I love this stretch of the WV Turnpike. They could charge twice as much and it'd still be worth it!
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I filmed part of I-35 in KC back in 2007, check the catalog (pre-HD). I would love to re-shoot the area in HD if/when I get back there, I like KC in general.
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@Freewayjim Jim do you have more West Virginia videos on the way? All the ones I have seen are all spectacular with their endless green hills. I never get bored with them.
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I film what interests me the most and keep in mind I have limited time to do it when I'm away from home (Atlanta). I have a couple State Highways and US Routes in the collection.
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That ride was a real RUSH!! Pun intended.
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such a beautiful part of our country!
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@tmack4 Thank you, yes it a beautiful state if you like mountains (which I do).
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Wow. "Curvy" doesn't even begin to describe it.
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Great work on the vid Jim! Perfect way to wrap it up. I have to admit WVDOT did wonders thru here. I think the engineers really knew how to show off this state.
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Gives me something to look forward to next year!!!!!! I love your vids and I am glad I found them!!!! Awesome vid!
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Excellent 2011 Season Finale Freeway Video! Great song choice! A+ You picked a very great site to end your filming season Mr. FWJ! One important S/N: Under which conditions or restrictions are you required take a long break from making road videos? (1) number of videos to film per year or month; (2) transportation restrictions (3) equipment use restrictions (4) job restrictions (5) family/school restrictions, etc.?
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Jim, your videos have really been a lot of fun to watch since I found them earlier this year. This was one of your best: a great scenic drive and Rush to boot. Well done!
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What a great video to end the year out... You can see why it cost $683 million... so much rock to move and I would imagine that they were been careful to keep it looking natural as much as they could, very enjoyable and can't wait for 2012.... see you there!!
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I'm probably not filming those roads, not going spend a lot of time in STL.
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@madbengalsfan85 More elevation changes and curves on this road but that is a good comparison.
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I love this stretch, it is fun to drive and the scenery is great!
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@brichmer i believe that's what it says in the description?
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Dutch freeways are much better =D
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Im loving all the mountains. Where I live we have hills but not like this, no where near mountains. So beautiful!
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cool video and editing, check out my sped up video of driving. its pretty neat!
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Reminds me of I-40 between Asheville and Knoxville...a little curvier though
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WV is beautiful, love your music too
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@colinstu Yes, to rebuild and expand 88 miles of mountainous roads and bridges in the 1980's. That would probably cost $4-5 Billion today.
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I like where I live in the Atlanta rae a lot, I also like where I'm from in new Hampshire and Pittsburgh is probably my favorite city to visit.
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Awesome way to close out 2011! Can't wait until next year!
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You need to do some U.S. Highways too, that would be great.
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@VaFreeways Some things have to happen for that to be the case, right now I'd say very unlikely.
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