I fell asleep last light listening to the sound of the French Broad River flow past my campsite. It was
I woke at 8AM and put together some coffee and then made my way to the volunteer tent to check in. The rest of the day was mine. Yes, I screwed up. I had the event down as starting today. It officially starts tomorrow. What's a fellow to do in North Carolina with a motorcycle and whole day to himself? Well, go ride of course.
About 10AM I headed off toward Tellico Plains, TN. My destination: Tellico Motorcycle Outfitters. I had purchased my Olympia riding jacket from them 5 years ago and now it is just a little too big and is quite worn as well... my journey paid off. The owner had just put a jacket the same as mine (in Grey) on the clearance rack: 50% off! It was too good a a deal to pass up! And, he agreed to ship my old one home for me! I had a sandwich to beat all sandwiches at the Tellico Grains Bakery and listened to a group of fellows share some stories of the road... they were down to the area as a group from New Jersey.
Cherohola Skyway. This will be the third time I've ridden this road... and hopefully it won't be my last!!! Six years ago I rode it with Gordon Green and company and two years ago with Al Wallace. The weather was not as good this time, but the rain did hold off and I was able to enjoy riding in and out of the midst and clouds.
|The Rattler NC #212|
I got back to Hot Springs at about 5PM but it was not without an adventure. Millie brought me in the back way - which would not have been an issue had it not been for the pouring rain! The "back way" is also known as the Rattler... use your imagination!! Needless to say... I went very very very slow and made it back to Hot Springs in one piece!
As I ate supper I called home (missed Anna :-( ), responded to a bunch of emails, updated a couple of websites and wrote these words... there's lots more on my mind but I need to process it some more before I put it to screen!
On the Sabbath Road...
(Safe and sound in Hot Springs, NC)