Well today we woke up in Little Switzerland, what a great place. The area was founded, based on my reading, in 1909. Over 100 years old and still seems to be a draw for people from around the region, county and from what I heard, but did not understand, the world. The Inn is at the top of 226A or more commonly known in the motor enthusiast world as “The Dimond Back”. Like “Tail of the Dragon”, “The Dimond Back” is full of twists and turns, in this case over 190 hanging on the side of a mountain.
This morning we had an early start to ensure we made it to The Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Museum, located in Maggie Valley, before closing. When we left Little Switzerland at 8:30 it was 43 degrees (don’t tell Julie how cold it was, she thinks it is spring). Since we were leaving early and the weather was cold we opted not to ride The Dimond Back, too much fog. Instead we headed to the more sedate 226 to I-40 then to the Blue Ridge Parkway south of I-40 (the last 26 miles of BRP between Asheville and 226 is closed until Mid May).
As expected the Parkway was great and the scenery was unbelievable. It is truly amazing how beautiful North Carolina is, around every turn there is another great view and superior roads, Julie and I both agree this would be a great state in which to retire and ride. After winding along the parkway for a few hours and entering into the Great Smoky National Park we arrived at Maggie Valley on 19. The original thought to ride to North Carolina was based on a show Julie watched featuring the Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Museum. The museum has been building for the past 40 years, started in Illinois and transplanted to NC, the owner has the most amazing collection of running motorcycles featuring many one of a kind bikes. This stop was outstanding and a must see for enthusiast.
After leaving the museum and grabbing a quick bite it was off to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for a quick look see then to I-40 and west to cover some ground towards Nashville. Tomorrow we will complete the trip to Nashville and see our longtime friends, the Greens.
Today was very special but boy are we tired. Short blog today in preparation for rain and fun tomorrow.
Have a great night, hope you enjoy the pictures.