My name is Dan Kauffman. I am a long time motorcyclist who one day went for a long ride into the countryside from Washington, D.C. On the second day of my ride, I rolled east from West Virginia across the state line into Virginia on Rt. 250. I came into the town of Monterey in Highland County, which is the least populated county in Virginia and has the highest mean elevation east of the Mississippi river.
As I pulled into the Montvallee Motel, a guy came across the road waving a paper in his hand. He told me he was the unofficial motorcycle greeter for Monterey and invited me to a motorcycle rally at his farm the following weekend. We went for a ride, and I told him I was looking for some land. He sent me to the right place, and, a month later, my wife Annette and I had purchased a beautiful fifty-eight-acre property of curvaceous rolling meadows and forest.
We moved here twelve years ago and built our homestead. During this time, I have explored the mountain roads of this area in great depth. To me, these are the most beautiful, most interesting roads I have ever ridden. Some, who have ridden all over the world, have said the same about these roads.
Quick bio. I have been a designer and builder of residential architecture and cabinetry, and I ran a crane and rigging company in D.C. Since my retirement, we have lived here full-time and have built an active and passive solar house. Our focus is ecological sustainability. We have beautiful gardens and are in the process of creating a small retreat center. I practice and teach different wellness modalities like Yoga, Qi Gong, and a wide range of joint mobility practices. Of particular interest to me are the practices that allow me to continue to ride my motorcycle pain free and limber.
I love to show these mountain roads to other motorcyclists. Many have ridden the main roads through the Alleghenies, but do not know the smaller roads that intertwine the countryside. My friend Jim Ford of the Rider’s Workshop calls them "Invisible Roads."