Today we come full circle as we ride into South Boston Virginia and meet Mark on his drive home from work….Later wine on the back deck with Tiffany then on to an excellent dinner…it was December and we were on our ride to Mexico the last time we were here.
Leaving one beautiful hotel for another today…
Leaving the Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge this morning…..
Arriving at Deals Gap, Highway 129, one of the best known motorcycle roads in North America….and also one of the deadliest, 43 people killed since 2007 since they started keeping track (and the data is out of date by 3 years).
“Designated US 129, the road is bordered by the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest, with no intersecting roads or driveways to hamper your travel. It is considered “the destination” for thousands of motorcycle and sports car fans.”
The tree of shame, where you do not want to be famous….your bike parts are displayed here if you crash….
Southbound we conquered it too…but Mike was first on scene for a 75 year old guy who did not have a good day….broken tib/fib and an airlift to hospital. Mike did a great job of keeping him calm, getting the roads blocked off and getting 911 on the scene…I had the thrill of waiting for Mike at the bottom, hoping that he was not the one who crashed, when he did not show up a few minutes after me. No problem, as Mike sent a guy in a car down to the parking lot to tell the “Lady in bright yellow” that Mike was ok.
We got this dragon tamed!
Our next ride is along the Blue Ridge Parkway from the very bottom in Cherokee, North Carolina.
To our arrival at the Balsam Mountain Inn…it’s late and we are hungry!
Visiting with Jonathan and Trish in Chattanooga! Great time to rest, catch up on laundry and tour around with our new friends from the Hub and Spoke tour in Mexico.
May 13…..our anniversary of Mike and I meeting…..
…..touring round Chatanooga
Tennessee river..pedestrian bridge
Following the Colorado River – Moab Utah to Frisco Colorado. 22c at 4,000′ and raining – not too bad as the wind was reasonable – except for the gusts in Arches National Park.
The climb up along the Colorado River was amazing.
The temperature dropped with the climb and at 10,000ft and just 2.5c,
with our dashes flashing ice warnings, it was time for a boutique hotel The Frisco Inn.