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Mike B. and his
I was privileged to lead my brother in law on a cruise
through the Smokies in mid June
I rode from my home between Beloit and Monroe to his home in Dumfries, VA.
The next day we headed out to Front Royal and started our trip down the Skyline.
The Skyline is a national park and even though it runs straight onto the
Blue Ridge Parkway, they are separate from each other.
The Skyline is absolutely gorgeous. The road is narrower and more curvy than the
Blue Ridge Parkway. In many places the trees have grown over the roadway and
touch each other creating a canopy overhead.
The road on the Blue Ridge Parkway is wider and more open.
We cruised the full length of the Parkway with occasional side trips to attractions
and hotels, camping. After leaving the Blue Ridge Parkway, we headed straight to
Deals Gap and the Dragon's tail. We had been rained on at least once every day
before getting to the Gap and I prayed for dry weather at least while we were
up on the tail.
We lucked out, it didn't rain until we were well on our way
to Asheville, NC.
The weather looked the same no matter
which way we went so the next day we
We rode through a stretch of swampland that had warning signs, "Watch for deer, and bears." We saw a crew in the swampy ditch to our right clearing out trees that were blocking the flowage.
I saw one of the men standing with a gun watching
for?? Maybe alligators?
Overlook on the Skyline
My brother-in-law Thom and his gorgeous low rider.
A deer that was taking its lunch by the road. It didn't move even after I and Thom rode past. (Must have been some really sweet grass)
A sign on the skyline of Shenandoah.
nice place to stop for lunch or a short rest right on the skyline. It is
One of several stone bridges on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
A patch of Catawba Rhododendron named after a local Native American Tribe.
One of numerous tunnels on the Blue Ridge.
Thom and I at Deals Gap.
overlook on the Dragon's tail. An amazing ride. When you get off that
Tree of shame at Deals Gap. Notice all the crotch rocket parts!
Scarlet and I at the High Point on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
for a fantastic restaurant on the outer banks of North Carolina.
standing next to a metal mock up of the original Wright airplane.
is a sign I noticed when coming back toward home on Hwy 50 between
gorgeous old house I saw along HWY 50. Built in 1790, it was a stage coach
INN that had been recently purchased for renovation. Supposedly it offered
A magnificent stone church in Aurora, WV along HWY 50.
The resting place of my gggggrampa Henry. Found it in Ohio, he had served with George Washingtons' party during the crossing of the Delaware River!!