Seven of the Jim Thorpe Adventure riders gathered for our first road ride. Me - KTM 950 JT Dave - KTM 950 Uncle Robert - KTM 950 Mitch "Rider" - FJR 1300 Rick "Badbikedog" - Kawasaki XR400 (just kidding) Kevin - Goldwing(er) Tom - Harley We converged near Harrisburg, PA on Saturday to start our trip. Some of us enjoyed a quick breakfast. I think that's a picture of Toxic Kim on the wrapper. We slabbed it to Front Royal. Stopped at the West Virginia Welcome Center just in time to put on our rain gear before the skies opened up. Hey, didn't anyone tell these guys that there's a Mens bathroom at the rest area? Fortunately, things cleared up before we got to Front Royal, at least for a while. Needless to say, at the peak of the fall foliage season, Skyline Drive was PACKED! Self portrait. Notice the cloudy blue skies behind me and the dark grey clouds looming ahead. Those clouds were coming. When? We would find out soon enough. Caught in slow moving traffic, I decided to whip it out, the camera that is. This one is my favorite! So, we stop 40 some miles in for some food. Our timing couldn't be better. While we were eating, or maybe waiting to be eating, the fog rolled in and the rain and sleet started! HOLY SMOKES!! I'm glad we weren't riding through that crap! There wasn't any parking available, so we had to make our own. Here's Jim Thorpe Dave's new KTM 950. This is the parking lot just after the rain and sleet passed. We cut off Skyline Drive early and started West towards Snow Shoe, WV. Rode some pretty cool stuff on the West side of I-81 in Virginia. As the sun set and the elevation increased, the rain returned, but light this time. In the dark, and standing on the pegs and looking through the headlight at the front tire, I could see that the rain had turned to light snow, boy was it getting cold. We stopped in Monterey, VA to find out that there was a lot of snow on the mountain between us and Snow Shoe. Deciding to call it quits, we head for the local inn. Doh, it's full!! So, it's either the local motel (rumored to be full at this point in time) or back to I-81. Not only is I-81 in the wrong direction, but it will take forever to fight the twisties in the snow again! JT Dave goes into the motel office, just as another couple is leaving, "FULL"! The manager motions Dave to stay, we all figure that she's telling him the way back to I-81. NO, much to our suprise, she has special accomodations for the JT Adventure riders! Our private lounge. Out of the cold and having a bed for the evening, we walk over to the local resturant/tavern. 15 minutes before closing time, but they're happy to serve us worn and weary bikers. Here's Monterey the next morning, 37 degrees in the sun. Our shelter for the evening is the building on the right. We head up on to the mountain. It's not far until we find remnants of the night before. Here's Uncle Robert trying to ski. Color. Hungry and in search of food, we stop at the first place that comes up. Ever have a 2 hour breakfast?? Everyone who normally works at the "diner" was down at the church preparing for a big, special occasion dinner. Service was little slow, but we made the best of it. Candy was the waitress, cook, and cashier. How could you say anything bad about someone that works that hard... And the food wasn't bad either. Destination, Seneca Rocks, pretty cool. From here, we headed back to I-81. Some really nice roads along the way. Can't wait until the next adventure. Can't wait to see the pictures from my companions.