I took advantage of the fact that I had Labor Day off and headed for an overnight in the mountains.
My wife was going to a neighboring town to do some shopping, so we met there to have lunch. After lunch, I headed out.
Some great twisty pavement led me to the Blue Ridge Parkway and much cooler temperatures.
I stopped in at the Richland Balsam overlook. This is the highest point on the motorway at 6,053 feet.
I dropped down U.S. 276 to Cruso, N.C., where I set up camp at the Blue Ridge Motorcycle Campground. I used my WBBB 1.7 dbl layer, my Winter Incubator UQ, my poncho liner TQ, and my Jacks R Better tarp.
I also hung my new-to-me WB Traveler for the first time -- and enjoyed a little snooze in it in the early evening before I ate supper.
That's the Pigeon River making its way toward Tennessee.
Someone had piled up some stones from the river, so I practiced my spellin'.
See how proud I am that I can spell my own name?
I hung out by the community fire with some other riders for a good bit of the evening, then turned in for the night.
I awoke the next morning to the rain that every forecast that I had looked at had assuered me was on its way.
The view from the hammock was nice.
After breakfast from the campground's kitchen, I finished my packing and headed out in the rain for a little riding on the parkway. Lots and lots of water was dropping from the heavens.
Back up at the Richland Balsam overlook, it was pouring rain. I had the place to myself.
I rode the parkway "south" toward Cherokee for a while, then turned around and headed back on the same twisty pavement that brought me there. It was a fun overnight. The rain riding was fun.
Get out there and hang,