FBAD: Life on the Blue Ridge

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Fast Ferris, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. Fast Ferris

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    This is the last pic from yesterday, just goofin' around with some of the editing tools.

    Classic lines, to my eye - I never get tired of the view.

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    No chance on me trying anything on you. Don't believe there has ever been a time I have even hinted on kitchen duties. :) Usually you can smell the BBQ from the Parkway on your ride in. :D But yessir, that Alex is a super chef and is happiernheck to grill up some pretty tasty supper!
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    Heather, if you are following, that was the ONLY small sized shirt in the entire inventory - I had both ladies inside go through absolutely every shirt in the place with me! Don't know why XXL is the standard in MC shirts! :D
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    Dnutz,

    I'll pass that on and thanks again for going to all the trouble. FWIW, she wore it to school today which means it passes he seal of approval.
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    SparkyL Been here awhile

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    I agree! Love the view from that perch.
  11. Fast Ferris

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    This is climbing Wards Gap yesterday from the Piedmont near Cana, Virginia up to the Parkway, a first for me and the RK on this final couple miles of dirt and gravel. As always it's steeper than it looks, and I really coulda used a good set of knobbies on the last switchback, an off-camber affair with three or four inches of loose gravel to contend with.

    "When it doubt, give it gas!" is what we learned as kids. I did, and we roosted through the turn like an 800-pound motocrosser. Fun stuff, although the Road King now badly needs a bath...
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    I don't know, it looks steep in that second picture. I've never been on that road but you've sparked my interest.
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    Hot and hazy down in the flatlands yesterday, which hampered the view. Sure felt good to climb back up into the mountains.
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    Wards Gap starts out paved down below, but the last couple of miles to the Parkway is dirt and gravel. The RK did just fine, but there's an off-camber switchback near the top that's layered with several inches of loose marbles, and I puckered-up pretty good getting through it. :D
  17. tastroman

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    Ferris

    When I ran into you and Dnutz at Raps I mentioned I had stopped earlier in the day to snap a few shots of the above abandoned farm. I did not spend a whole lot of time there as I felt I was trespassing but here's one I liked from that day.

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  18. Fast Ferris

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    That's a beautiful photo, amigo. The B&W is a nice touch. :-)

    My visit back in March was the first time I ever stopped at that old farmhouse, although it always catches my eye on the way by. I didn't get "up close and personal" onnaconna feeling like I was perhaps violating someone's space, although I'm sure one of these days, when the mood and the lighting is right, I'll stop again and see what the camera can find.

    I like the photo JB2 has posted-up on his website, too: http://www.bikenutz.com/contact/
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    Thanks for the props. The photo JB2 posted looks as if it could be the same house.
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    You're welcome, amigo. Yes, same house. JB2 prolly woulda chimed in with an affirmative already, but life (including an impending RR here on ADV, I hope...) has had him by the short hairs of late.