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Old 08-07-2014, 06:38 PM   #1
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"Fly High"

My crazy work schedule has interfered with my summer riding lately. Today's weather forecast called for no rain, no "honey doo's" were on the schedule so I decided to take the BlowFly for a frolic on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Starting out, it was actually chilly heading up to the higher elevation; even needing an extra layer under my jacket. A welcome change from the 94degree heat I left in Florida Tuesday!
The first stop on the way up to the Parkway was Looking Glass Falls. One of my favorite cascades in the area.


Chatted with some other riders all the way down from Wisconsin. They were enjoying the journey.
Further up 278 the main attraction on this ride was a visit to the Cradle of Forestry Center. I have passed it many times and decided it was high time to see what was back there.


The staff and volunteers were very helpful and knowledgeable and pointed out some highlights of the center. Founded by George Vanderbilt in the 1890's, the school of Forestry was a first in the US. Much of what are now current forest management and conservation techniques throughout the country were developed here.
A pleasant walk took me to different outdoor displays of old logging equipment. It was cool and shady and a nice break from riding.
This old steam engine was set up in a saw mill...


Leather belts drove this blade!



An old narrow gauge Climax locomotive was the show stopper for me!



That piston on the side drove shafts much like a car to the front and rear trucks. Built to pull like crazy but not for speed.
This Steam powered crane was the work horse of mountain logging operations.



Remains of an old homestead...bet many stories were told around that hearth.



A look at another restored place...



I had lunch at a cafe in the center...fried green tomatoe BLT with pimento cheese on fresh French bread. If you have time when in the area make this a place to visit.

Finally reaching the Parkway, the Scoot was in ready to roll. Speeds on the BRP suit a smaller bike like this perfectly. Fog and clouds from the morning had burned off by the time I reached the top and the spectacular scenery was rolling by. BlowFly wanted its picture taken.
Devil's Court House overlook...



Heading down off the mountain was just as much fun as coming up. After about 130 miles (40 on the Parkway) I arrived home feeling satisfied from some great riding.
Thanks for coming along.
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Old 08-07-2014, 07:43 PM   #2
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Nice ride. That sandwich is sounding really good right now!
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Old 08-08-2014, 06:44 AM   #3
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Great report!

Wifey and I were wading under those falls a week or so ago. Beautiful area to ride.
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Old 08-08-2014, 06:48 AM   #4
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Great report!

Wifey and I were wading under those falls a week or so ago. Beautiful area to ride.
Dave, if it had not been such a spur of the moment ride I would have PM'd you to see if you wanted to meet somewhere. Maybe next week.
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Old 08-08-2014, 09:27 AM   #5
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Sounds like just the kind of ride the BlowFly likes. Nice report Mike.
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Old 08-08-2014, 10:38 AM   #6
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Sounds like just the kind of ride the BlowFly likes. Nice report Mike.
I should have called, Vic. I flew out the door w/o planning or thinking ahead. I did reel in a GY6 on the way up.
Next week for sure!
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Old 08-08-2014, 11:04 AM   #7
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You are lucky to live so close to all that great riding.
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Old 08-08-2014, 01:14 PM   #8
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Very interesting historic sites and equipment you visited and posted photo's of. Thanks for sharing
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I should have called, Vic. I flew out the door w/o planning or thinking ahead. I did reel in a GY6 on the way up.
Next week for sure!
You mean after all those times I went out looking for a GY6 to race with no results, you run into one by chance?
Couldn't have went anyway, another grand larvae overnight visit. I did manage to get out briefly on the DR650.
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