Old 08-19-2009, 09:47 PM   #1
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Is the road leading to the Foley Overlook drivable by car? I will be out there in a few weeks and would like to know if I can make it to that point?

While I am out that way, are there any other locations, other than the obvious ones, that might be worth checking out?

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Old 08-20-2009, 12:43 AM   #2
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What type of vehicle do you have? I have a compact car, a Chevy Aveo, and it made it halfway before I started hearing scraping sounds on the bottom of my chassis. Brand new car on the way to Foley, not a good way to break it in. If you have a truck, or a jeep, or a blazer type vehicle, you'll be fine. It's raining as I speak (I'm an hour in a half from Sandpatch) and will be the next few days, so says WPXI and KDKA. I was there when it rained hard and the road wasn't washed out, just very rutty. Like ruts a foot deep and a few hundred feet long. Very muddy. But, i just looked, you said a few weeks. hahaha. My car made it O.K. but for personal reasons for wanting my car in one piece and scratch free, etc, I gave up. It was overcast and icky anyways, so it wasn't worth me trying more. Need to know what type of car you have to tell you if you'll be fnie or not. i know a few guys who made it up there in regular sedans, but it was summer and dry and the road probably wasnt that bad.

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Also, what area's do you know that are "Obvious".
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Old 08-20-2009, 11:25 PM   #4
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Pontiac G6, so no chance of me getting there.

I've been to the Fairhope Crossing, Mance, west end of Sandpatch tunnel, and a few viaducts arond Meyersdale.

Thanks for the info, it probably saved me a lot of aggravation later.
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Dodge Neons have made it to Foley without incident.

While the road to Foley is certainly no picnic, it not as legendary as people make it out to be. As long as it hasn't been raining for a few days, you be fine. You obviously won't breaking any speed records, but you'll make it.
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Is it worth the effort though? It does look like a good spot.
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It is a good spot, from what I've seen. Both video and photos. I'd love to make it there. But John is right, it is navigable unless it has been raining for a few days. Which it has been here for a while. And it looks like it'll keep on raining for the next few days. Just take your time and use common sense, avoid the biggest ruts if possible. It was overcast and drizzling when I tried to tackle it, so it wasn't really worth tackling the other half of the road for shots, I thought.

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Old 08-30-2009, 02:02 PM   #8
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I went Yesterday (Aug 29) and I didn't have any problems getting there. The road was rough but not as bad as I thought. I'm not sure I want to do it again though. A nice 4x4 truck would be no problem.

Once we got there, we waited 2 and a half hours before we heard a crackle on the scanner. We could hear the eastbound at the crossing at Glencoe. and in a few minutes it came into view. We waited about 20 minutes more and started to leave when the scanner crackeled again. We wen back and saw another eastbond. We were leaving and I could hear the eastbound blow it's horn at Fairhope. Then I hear a horn again, this time louder. We went back and a westbound came by. We leaft headedto Meyersdale and saw another train. In 5 hours we saw 4 trains. I was a bit disappointed as previously in the area we would see much more.

Thanks for the advice. It was a nice spot, and peaceful.
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