This morning began a little differently than the other days. The guys got up and out early while the ladies slept in and had a leisurely breakfast. The guys wanted to ride the “Diamondback” – so we thought it would be nice to let them ride without passengers and without all the luggage. So once they got back, we loaded up and jumped on the Parkway heading toward Blowing Rock.
(The “Diamondback” is similar to the “Tail of the Dragon” but just a little less aggressive and a lot less hype and reputation.)
The ride to Blowing Rock was very scenic and the weather was perfect. Speaking of the weather, we were so blessed that the storms the night before were all cleared up this morning. We are so thankful that God goes before us and prepares the way.
Blowing Springs is a wonderful little town where we walked around some great shops and ate lunch “al fresco”. Just about everybody on that patio had their dogs with them – which we enjoyed thoroughly – really we did! That’s not sarcasm.
After lunch we rode just a couple of miles to the actual “blowing rock” historic site. If you are at all interested in the story of blowing rock you can read about it on the internet. The views were spectacular from there.
Back on the bikes for more beautiful scenery with Abingdon, Virginia as our desired destination for the night. But first let’s do a few more twists… now the Snake. The Snake is also known as US 421 between Mountain City and Friendship Tennessee. The northern part of the Snake was great, the southern portion would have been great as well but the night before storms had left the road covered in debris (don’t hold that against the road). We all completed the Snake without incident and perhaps a few board drags along the way.
In Abingdon we found rooms at the Comfort Suites and were able to do some laundry and play a friendly game of Phase 10…while Dean planned the next day of our trip.
Well off to bed to get ready for horse farms and bluegrass tomorrow.