Never judge a mean looking bikie by his jacket!

Trip Start Mar 17, 2012
Trip End Jun 26, 2012

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Where I stayed
SpringHill Suites Asheville
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of United States  , North Carolina
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

There is nothing particularly appealing about Christiansburg and after we check out of our hotel we head back to the Blue Ridge Parkway for our second day of touring.
After re-joining the Parkway we had been driving for about 1 hour when there is a detour due to road works. We leave the Parkway and stop in a town called Sparta to decide whether to continue following the detour or whether to choose a different route.
Gail needs to go to the gas station across the road so while she is gone I start to reconfigure the GPS.
About 10 minutes pass and I am getting a little concerned as there was a bunch of Harleys parked at the gas station and I am imagining Gail coming out wearing a leather jacket whilst declaring her desire to be free!!
My little cloud above my head pops and Gail jumps into the car and declares we now have a place to stay if we are going to Wisconsin. The short story is that Gail, in her usual manner, had struck up a conversation with a bikie inside and he turns out to be a nice old retired gentleman travelling with his wife and had given Gail his card for if we were ever in his hometown we would be welcome to stay.

Deciding not return to the Parkway for another hundred miles or so, we head off south toward the town of Boone where we would then re-join the Parkway. Along the new route we pass through ranges that are totally and continuously covered with Xmas trees. An amazing spectacle to see!

Once back on the Parkway we continue to see many beautiful vistas, the beginnings of some flowering blooms, parks, ponds and a short diversion at the 355 Mile Marker takes us up to the peak of Mount Mitchell - the highest peak in Eastern USA with an elevation of over 2000 metres.

After another long day of mountain driving we arrive at our hotel in Asheville and then go downtown to have a meal at a local micro-brewery named The LAB (Lexington Avenue Brewery).

Tomorrow is to be our 3rd and last leg to complete the Parkway drive but we shall see!

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Louise leatham on

Hello travellers,
Sounds like you are both having a wonderful time. You certainly are getting around.

Nothing much changed here. Played 9 holes today, not very well, beautiful weather,so the golf ruined a nice walk.

Off to Albury this wend. The 60th bay parties continue. Not sure when phil's is but I know it's coming up so happy birthday. Look forward to sharing a drink when you return.

Continue to have fun and keep the blog going.

Xx Louise

Justine on


It's not just the sights, but often the colourful characters you meet along the way that adds spice to the holiday.

gill27 on

Go Gail. I can see it all now. Chatting up the bikies. Love it. Now I am home I am catching up on all your blogs and loving it. It is freezing in Melbourne today and pouring with rain so this is a great day to catch up. Love to you both.

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