Dragon Slaying in Virginia. #TilleyRentsHarleys

Every Fall is a rally cry for the beautiful colors the season and our Appalachian region has to offer; NC, SC, VA, TN. It is breathtaking for sure. And a whole lotta fun!

It’s been awhile since me, my Dad, and Brother have taken to two wheels to do a little bonding over greasy spoon diners, backroads and twisties.

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Harley Davidson 2016 Road Glide Special

I sold my metric 2000 Yamaha VStar 1100 Classic a few years back, so I reached out to Tilley Harley Davidson Salisbury. Their online rental inventory had some avails for our weekend trip. Much to my surprise, they had a 2016 Road Glide Special in stock and it was in my color ; ) BLACK.

Among motorcyclists and sport car enthusiasts, most references to the “Dragon” immediately mean the “Tail of the Dragon” 11-mile stretch of Deals Gap, North Carolina at the Tennessee border said to have 318 curves. Been there done about 4 times. It’s gotten so popular that it’s too crowded. You have to go on a weekday to enjoy.

An area that’s getting attention in the other direction in Southwest Virginia has been dubbed “The Back of the Dragon“. It boasts 32 miles of elevation changes, curves and spectacular views. From Marion, head north on Route 16.

CLICK HERE to see how our trip went: https://storify.com/nathanrichie/back-of-the-dragon-backroad-zen

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Trump and Hillary. The Right Balance Between Desperation and Fear.

Wendy and I just finished watching the 2001 Series “Band of Brothersproduced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg on Amazon. Outstanding series. Outstanding cast with surprise appearances by today’s best. Only 10 episodes. You owe it to yourself to watch it. Obviously late to the viewing party.
It centers around a company of soldiers in the 101 Airborne during World War II, that go from basic training to storming Normandy, Battle of the Bulge, and the fall of Hitler.

So many intense and touching scenes. A few towards the end shows the characters questioning the reason the United States even got involved in a war on foreign soil. It was then that the concentration camps were revealed…that’s why we were there. Some megalomaniac took advantage of that one moment in time, found the right balance between desperation and fear – and made people believe anything that came out of his mouth. 

The beginning of each episode features very moving interviews with the actual soldiers that were still alive to tell the stories while making the series. Damn. The indomitable spirit and balls on these guys back then. 


At the end of each episode text slides gives statistics and insights. I screen captured the last two in the series. We both had the same reaction at the end with respect to our current political climate. If you take either of the candidates for our Presidential election and replace the stats in the slides – insert the words, biases, and agendas they’ve spoken of – the abuse of power and irresponsibility they’ve shown. The experience or lack thereof. Their character and compassion. Can you fathom history repeating itself in this apocalyptic way under them (foreign or domestic), or do they seem resolute and destined to drive a purpose larger than themselves for the greater good of humanity? 


I’m worried about our remaining choices. This is the best we’ve got eh?

If you care about your future, Vote for it. VERY carefully.

#SaturdayMorningPonder #SaluteToVeterans