Charity Highway


There are pros and cons to using a helmet camera while riding. One of the cons being that you end up with a TON of images to sort through, which takes time. That’s why some of my images never get viewed by anyone other than me.

Yesterday, as I sorted through pics captured on October 18, the last day of Hubby’s birthday weekend ride, I came across a series of shots showing Virginia’s Charity Highway.

It is definitely one of my favorite stretches of road enjoyed that weekend. The 21 or so miles from Woolwine, the western end of VA-40, to just before the town of Ferrum were the best. We only went as far as Rocky Mount, so I can’t tell you whether the other end of the highway is good or not.

Charity Highway_woolwine-ferrum

Like many roads, that “highway” got its name because it passes through the town of Charity. The posted speed limit was 55 MPH, but it was so curvy, I can’t imagine being able to maintain that speed for long.

That section of VA-40 parallels the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP). It would be a great alternate route on days that the BRP is fogged-in, too darn crowded, or you just need a change of pace. Remember, the 45 MPH speed limit on the BRP is strictly enforced.

When riding, I am often amazed at how little traffic uses many of the back roads we enjoy. Some folks have even asked, after watching another of my slideshows/videos, if we even have traffic.

The answer is yes, we do. I just usually omit slides/video segments where I’m stuck behind some other vehicle. Who wants to look at the ass-end of a car or truck?

This time, I decided to keep it real and include ALL of the 330+ slides from that stretch of road. Images were captured every 5 seconds, so it’s about 28 minutes of ride time condensed into a slideshow that’s 3:28 in length. You’ll get to see all of the traffic we encountered and the annoying sun glare as well as the road and some pretty nice scenery.

The slideshow is relatively quick. I added music, so you may want to mute your speakers if you’re watching in stealth mode.

For you map lovers, here’s a link to GOOGLE Map: Charity Highway, ~21-mile portion of VA-40 between Woolwine and Ferrum, Virginia. I have no idea how long those links stay active so, if it’s broken, just open GOOGLE Maps and search for Woolwine, Virginia.

I hope you enjoyed the slideshow.

7 Replies to “Charity Highway”

  1. We discovered Charity highway on our tour of VA and WV last October and what a wonderful surprise it was!

    We definitely like the same kind of roads…fun fun! Beautiful pics, but I guess my ADD makes watching pictures flip at that rate very hard. 🙂

    1. Lynne, it WAS a delightful surprise. 🙂

      I wanted to show all of the slides to prove I didn’t delete any traffic or boring, straight pieces of road, but didn’t want to bore folks to death, so I made it quick. Like a cartoon flip-book. It’s definitely not mean to showcase the images.

  2. Pretty cool video! Do you set the camera on time lapse then review the individual pictures or do you consciously take every picture frame? I guess a third option would be capturing video frames…

    It is a beautiful area to ride in.

    1. Thanks, Richard. If not taking video with the helmet cam, I usually set it to take pictures every five seconds. That’s how I end up with a gazillion pics to review at the end of the day. Ugh.

      I could set it so that I click every time I want to capture a pic, but then I’d have to remember to actually click. Plus I can never tell if the dang thing is still running. And about half the time when I am activating/stopping the helmet cam, I hit my intercom button. It’s all sort of a nuisance, so I don’t use the helmet cam as much as I thought I would.

      Video is always another option. But that means editing. And, really, how many ride videos of just another great road do folks really want to watch? I made an exception for The Snake video, because I know people wonder about that one. 🙂

  3. I can see why that is a favorite of yours. I nice twisty road through the countryside, and it didn’t seem like too much traffic. Thanks for taking the time to put this together.

  4. Howdy, ToadMama… For a while I’ve been considering adding a helmet-cam to my share-the-ride toolbox. In your opinion, what percentage of such photos are super-cool keepers and lucky captures (you know, compared with all of the nothing special throwaways that one must end up with when a camera’s up there just a-shootin’)?

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