Sunday morning and its cold and cloudy. We learned from yesterday and looked at the weather radar.
It looked like rain again in the mountains. We got some recommendations and decided to head south on 28.
It's amazing here. All the roads are like this. Curve after curve, great scenery! Well, maybe not so great if you gotta hop in the pickup and head 20 miles to the hardware store for that one 2 X 4 you need, and it takes an hour each way, but on a motorcycle with no schedule, its great!
We head down 28 toward Franklin and pass through some great twisties. Much of the road follows a river that provides some great views and a few waterfalls. We eventually get to Bridal Veil Falls. There was quite a group of people standing around, taking in the view. We decided to move the bikes in under the falls for some photos.
After we did that, the light went on to our fellow onlookers and they started lining up to get their chance under the falls!
We turned around here and headed back to Franklin for some lunch at a recommended BBQ place. We found Willy's Ribs & BBQ, but they are closed on Sunday!
We decided to head on back toward the Iron Horse via Wayah Road.
Wayah Road was another great road, but much of it is through heavy woods. There were lots of wet leaves on the road, so extra care was required.
As we wound our way up to the top, we once again entered the clouds and mist. This road was great and would have been a blast in better weather and road conditions. On the way down the mountain, we got caught behind a truck towing a boat. Crap! After quite a ways, he finally found a place to pull over and let us by. To be fair, there were not any places for him to safely stop his rig for us to pass. The entire trip, we found the local drivers to be very moto friendly. More often that not, they would pull over and let us pass by.
We continued on until we got to the junction of 19 and 28. We pulled over and said our good byes to Brian, as he was heading back to Charlotte. We decided that this was the 1st annual get together and hoped to grow the event for next year. After Brian departed, Steve said he had unfinished business. He had to go ride the Dragon. It was 4:00 in the afternoon and it was getting cold, but I was game. We headed up 28, back to the scene of yesterday's unintentional off road adventure.
Suffice to say that on this day, the Dragon was slayed. We had an enjoyable ride up to the top, where the sun was out and we looked out on the view of the dam.
We continued on to the parking area by the lake, not really sure where the Tail of the Dragon ends. There we turned around and headed back the Dragon to the Deal's Gap Resort for a bite to eat and more shopping. We got to the Iron Horse as darkness and the temperature fell. Another enjoyable night by the fire, with everyone sitting close in to the flames for warmth. My plan was to leave first thing tomorrow morning to head to Culpeper and a warm bed instead of this cold hard ground.
190 miles today