Old Roads Revisited

Back in 2011, Hubby and I ventured east from the WV place, passing through a place by the name of Star Tannery in Virginia. That name has stuck with me over the years, and I’ve had an urge to revisit the place.

I tried to revisit Star Tannery back in July, but missed a turn somewhere. Once I realized I’d missed a turn, it was too late to circle back.

Sunday, we were able to revisit Star Tannery, which isn’t much more than a speck on the map. With such an unusual name, I figured it must have some history. I did a brief Google search with no significant result. There’s not much there.

Zepp Road is another landmark that stuck with me. It goes through the community of Zepp, Virginia. Calling Zepp a town would be a real stretch, trust me. Not much there either. Really.

So, why would I want to return? For the roads, of course.

Terrain View of Zepp (at pin) and Star Tannery (upper left) in Virginia.

Few of the roads were phenomenal motorcycle roads. In other words, speed demons would have been bored. But the roads were nice. And it was definitely a pretty day, weather-wise.

Looking west from the parking lot of Larkin’s Grocery in Columbia Furnace.

Our route from home in Warrenton did include Thornton Gap, that fun stretch of US-211 I mention often that crosses the mountains at Skyline Drive. I also got to share a road  with Hubby I’d recently traveled for the first time, which leads up and over the mountains north of Luray and into Edinburg. There was a sweet stretch of Back Road, which is quite picturesque, in the Shenandoah Valley. Zepp Road is quite twisty as it climbs up and over Fetzer Gap with a 2000′ elevation. There was also Fairground Road / VA-661 to Morgan Ford Road / VA-624, north of Front Royal, which took us across a low-water crossing on the Shenandoah River. (I’m pretty sure the last image on the Wikipedia low-water crossing page also depicts this crossing at Morgan Ford Road, but the water looks much higher in that shot.)

Low Water Crossing on VA-624 / Morgan Ford Road

We stopped for a VERY mediocre meal at the Front Royal Diner — we will not be going back — then ended the ride on VA-288 / Leeds Manor Road (my favorite road in Fauquier County).


According to that terrain map I shared above, it appears that Zepp is actually within the George Washington National Forest. I must say, I do enjoy living in such close proximity to so many natural spaces.

For you map-lovers, here’s a peek at our route, a screen shot captured using Microsoft Streets & Trips.


If you are REALLY into maps, here’s our Spotwalla map for the day.

If you’d like to read the post from 2011, which includes route maps from The WV Place, CLICK HERE.

All in all, it was a good day.

8 Replies to “Old Roads Revisited”

  1. Bad diner food is blasphemy! That should be a go-to spot to get something good. Turrrrible. 🙁

    It may seem like nothing to you, but the fact that you share the road/route/town names in your posts is a big service to your readers. On more than one occasion I’ve come back to your blog to make a mental note of something or some place that you’ve posted about. Just last weekend I came back looking for a giant metal chicken that I remembered you posting. Turns out it was by Star Mercantile.

    So, not only is your blog fun – it’s a very important travel resource! 😀

    1. Fuzzy, I agree! I’d been there for breakfast before and it was decent enough. But the dinner was really just unremarkable.

      Glad to know I am providing a service for you. Really. Not just sharing good roads, but giant chicken locations. LOL.

      The chicken’s name is BC, by the way. I’ve been meaning to add him to RoadsideAmerica.

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