#BackRoads Musings: Easter Sunday

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Outstanding day enjoying the Easter Sunday weather. Nothing but sun, and some cloud streaks across the Carolina skies.

My “bad boy” biker attire must’ve been convincing this morning. Some elderly man and his wife in a minivan caught me at the red light just up the road from my neighborhood; “Take a right at the next light-we’ll see you in Church”.

Guess my appearance implied I was “lost”. I had a few replies in mind, but time didn’t permit. I just smiled and rode on. Bet I could open their minds a bit on the backroads soaking in some nature vs. a sermon.

Father, brother Dain and I did one of our “short” runs to Morrow Mtn. We were craving pavement so Dain took us the long way in through Hwy 742 to 52. Loved it. Did some “Biker Fellowship” and socializing on top of Morrow, then headed back. About 130 miles total.

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As an “Ad Man” myself, Church Marketing on kiosks along the backroads always make me chuckle on these rides. They try to keep up with Madison Avenue with catchy phrases and cute references.

Two I saw today:

“1 Cross, 2 Nails, 4 Given”

(I think those numbers are a lttle off but hey…)

And the other:

“You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down. Happy Easter”

So creative.

As my brother says…“I’d rather be on a bike thinking about the universe and discovering it than sitting in a pew thinking about riding my bike”. ¬†Or something like that.

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#backroads #yamaha #Vstar : 401 miles. 9 hrs riding. 11.5 hrs door-to-door.

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What an awesome day of riding.

Maggie Valley, Deals Gap and the Dragon’s Tail, Fontana Lake, through the Nantahala National Forest to Highlands, Cashiers, Rosman down 178 through Gorges, 11 N through to Chesnee to Cowpens, Clover, Lake Wylie and back home to SouthEast Charlotte.

Thanks to me, you can rest assured that I single handedly reduced the Spring bug population by at least a few hundred direct hits to the bike, my body and face. Since I didn’t have a face shield, some occasional pain was involved.

Me, Bro and Pops are wiped out from our marathon run through the beauty of NC, TN and SC. Wiped out, but looking forward to the next time.

#backroads #yamaha #Vstar : 5 hours. 240 miles.

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Took 11, 178, 64 to 215 (Blue Ridge Parkway) to 19 into Maggie Valley, home of the Wheels Thru Time museum. “Wheels” is a cool place to check out if you’re into history of motorcycles, cars…even the engines of that time. Neat thing about all the bikes on display is that they maintain them to actually run. They’re happy to start them up too.

We were uncomfortably cold and overcast until the BRP, then beauty and sunshine. I misjudged the weather and was expecting the warmth and sun to come out sooner. Spray from the previous night’s rain and the 50 degree temps were a bit unpleasant for my gear.

Early morning ride through the legendary “Dragon’s Tail” planned for tomorrow. 318 twisty turns in 11 miles.