Meet up with some riding friends in Elkins WV this past weekend to check out the Highlands. He's the report.
Left early thurs morning 0545, and super-slabbed it up to Cherokee NC.
Had breakfast in Cherokee and spent the first half of the day riding the Blue Ridge Parkway to Asheville NC.
After having lunch in Asheville I decided to make up some time and use the freeway to get to Kingsport TN. From there I jumped on the green-dotted roads on my Rand McNally map, and worked my way across VA. It was a great ride with a good mix of interesting curves and great scenery.
These next pics where taken roadside near Lebanon VA.
Taking this route put me in Bluefield WV around 7PM, where I was ready to find a motel and crash for the night.
Day two started at 7:30 am Fri. I headed up some scenic back road that went north towards Fayetteville WV. I spent mid day venturing around the New River Gorge Brige.
Having learned that the old canyon road that runs down the gorge was still in service, I checked with the Park Service attendant at the visitors center to see if the road was motorcycle friendly. I was skeptical considering all the rain they had in the previous week.
The attendant said it was a safe pass, but cautioned me that it has "really really tight curves".
I pointed at the dragon logo on my t-shirt and muttered "and your point?"
He didn't seem entertained by my feeble attempt at riding humor.
"Turn right out of the parking lot and you will see the service road"
I left the visitors center, turned right and was faced with the mother of all downhill switchbacks! Holy Countersteer Batman!
What's that MSF stuff? Turn your head counter lean your body......yadda yadda yadda! Yes, it works!
I crept around this bastard bend at a whopping 5MPH.
What an introduction to this tricky little road!
The road was narrow and had many 10 MPH switchback curves. It led to the old - New River bridge and offered many unique views of the new - New River bridge.
After playing around the bridge for several hours, I ventured northwest again taking scenic roads. Once I arrived in Elkins I met up with my friends Mike and Melissa. We had dinner at the hospital....I mean hotel (the Days Inn was formerly a hospital.....creepy!) and decided to venture out and see what the local folk do for fun on a friday night. We ended up hanging out at a roadkill themed bar named Beanders.
The place was decorated with many dead animals.
Saturday we got up and met with our other friends Jim and Steve and did about a 160 mile loop that took us through Blackwater Falls. The water is amber colored due to the tannic acid from fallen hemlock and spruce needles.
The loop also went through the Phillpi covered brigde.
Sunday came and we all headed our different ways.
I elected to take all back roads back to GA.
While ventring through VA I ran across this old church.
Makes me wonder if they have an organist named Fanny?
I spent the night in Boone NC and opted to take a few of the other great roads that parallel the BRP.
These were taken from 221. A fantastic road south of Boone that IMO is a better quality road than Deals Gap. Plus you get the added benefit of spectacular views of the mountains the BRP passes over.
(That's the BRP in the background)
I also ventured over to Grandfather Mountain to see Symms Chapel.
Nothing spectacular on the outside, but wait till you see the ......... inside?
From there I headed home and picked up the superslab about 120 miles north of Atlanta. Got home at 5:30.
Those are a few of my favorite pics. If you want to see all of them click this link.