After lunch I headed north on 52. It was nice ride and lead me to this:
This is the Big Walker Lookout. I had been here many years ago on an HSTA ride but didn't realize it was here. For six bucks you can climb to the top of the tower but I just headed into the store.
Where I spent two bucks taking care of one of my addictions.
Even without climbing the tower it's a pretty good view from here.
Then I headed down the mountain on 621 / Old Mountain RD, another scinic ride with lots of curves.
Then it was left on 42 to get to one of the places I wanted to see on my trip, Burke's Garden. For those of you who haven't heard of Burke's Garden, it's become somewhat of a popular destination for motorcycle riders. What is Burke's Garden? Well just follow along. There are, as far as I know, only two ways to get there; 623 from the North or 623 from the South. So I followed 42 to the southern end of 623.
and headed north on 623.
No, the southern end is not paved but it's pretty smooth and can easily be done on a street bike.
It has plenty of curves:
It's very peaceful here and I didn't come across any other traffic.
this looks like a mailbox but is way up in a tree in the middle of nowhere.
A hiking trail crossed the road here. A rest stop for hikers?
There was a sign saying that the water bottles were courtesy of a local church and this: