Monday, today was long ride on the BRP, picnic lunch, and hike to waterfalls.
A quick trip to the mountains, the goal was to stay off the Blue Ridge Parkway, once I got on a dirt road, we only drove about 15 miles of pavement the rest of the day.
Our camp spot for the night off a rough forest service road, not one vehicle went by and we were next to a creek…. perfection!
Road trip to mountains for the night (after tennis match)
a beautiful evening for a walk
Long ride and half was on a closed Blue Ridge Parkway
In fact it was so cool, after the ride I hiked back up just so I could walk the Linn Cove Viaduct
A quick macro of a poplar tulip
A foggy start to my ride.
The BRP Linn Cove viaduct was even worse. It was an awesome morning on the bike!
Then it was time to explore… a Forest Service Road I heard about….
pictures never do it justice and I quit taking photos as my stress raised and the obstacles became tougher… this was no joke; several washouts, ravens and wheel lifting later we were halfway through. Each time I walked a route, I was looking not to make sure I could get through it, could I get back up it if the road was blocked a or a closed gate.
An awesome camping spot for a lunch break. My truck is the minimum I would have wanted to take, 33 inch tires, 2.5 inch lift, armored with bumpers, sliders and skid plates… anything less would have resulted in damage!
A good day!
A weekend that changes. Instead of elk, we ended up in Boone again, since I hadn’t planned anything, we searched for a waterfall I had not been to, this is Laurel Creek Falls (I think) but we rock hopped up the creek for a long ways looking for more. Either way this is an awesome swimming hole.
A corn dog and loaded fries with a gose beer at The Cardinal in Boone! Yum!!!
No sunset tonight, only fog!
A busy day, up early for a run at Bass Lake, then time to explore, driving foreat service and dirt roads
a couple of short hikes
the view of Grandfather Mountain from Grandmother Mountain.
Ended the day at USAT summer singles league, I won my match 6-1, 6-3
Back on the road, Kodak must see everything.
the threat of rain made a change of plans, so I jumped on the bike as soon as we got to Blowing Rock
All the climbing is worth it with these views, and the screaming descent. (although today the descent had a headwind and I was only able to hit 43mph)
after dinner at the Coyote Kitchen, we headed to our favorite hill top for the sunset. I had figured out how to download Netflix on the iPad for a trip that didn’t happen, so now I can binge watch shows like Sabrina.
Kodak kept an eye on the wildlife
until they got too close.
If you start early, you get the Blue Ridge Parkway to yourself. In teh first hour I was passed by 1 car!
After eating too much yesterday, I got an hour + ride, run with 7:53 mile and an hour hike to Rough Ridge of the parkway. A good fitness day!
Sam go do something epic for my photo ; )
There are a lot of road closures due to recent rains (221 south of Blowing Rock) and teh Parkway was closed at the Viaduct. SO I spent the middle of teh day driving dirt roads and exploring on my way to….
Upper Creek Falls….
and a swimming hole. The water was VERY cold!
Finished the day with a sunset on the Blue Ridge Parkway