Changing Plans - Pending Weather Behavior
Trip Start Sep 10, 2009
9Trip End Sep 18, 2009
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While at The Natural Bridge Park,
After leaving The Natural Bridge Park, we headed back to the campground, finished packing up our gear and back tracked our previous day’s route up Hwy 501 to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
I must add here that this part of Hwy 501 had a few “fun” twisties that we enjoyed immensely.
Back on the Parkway, we increased our forward progress by not stopping at so many overlooks, but rather Dianne would use her developing photography skills to capture some of the most beautiful photos from the back of a moving motorcycle that I have ever seen.
Even with our increased riding momentum, we had time to take advantage of the beauty and excitement of some of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s ‘twisties’ that awaited us.
Once again, we took the time for a welcome break. Stopping for a quick lunch of fried chicken & potato wedges picked up from the fuel stop earlier. We spread a blanket on the ground and had a short relaxing lunch at the PURGATORY MOUNTAIN overlook.
The mountainous scenery that displayed in front of us was absolutely ‘breathtaking’! While we were eating, I noticed movement to the side of us and looking in the direction, saw that we had a little ‘lunch visitor’ close by, checking out the menu of our partaking.
After the break, we continued on our southerly trek, admiring the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, all the while seeing that the sky was beginning to get heavy, as the weather forecasters had foretold.
We had checked the weather radar on the internet this morning before leaving the campground and the images showed a line of rain and storms just south of Roanoke, VA. By now we were coming close to Roanoke, and because of the forth coming weather, our journey’s end along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
We feared continuing on southward along the Parkway, for the possibility of getting engulfed in the low rain clouds and heavy fog that awaited us....if we had continued. Therefore, with 'heavy' hearts and a type of 'hollow' feeling in our 'being', we decided that this was the place to get off...so we exited the Parkway and went down into Roanoke to stay for the night, knowing that we would not return to the Parkway on this journey homeward.
After stopping at Cracker Barrel for supper, before checking in to our room, we pulled into the Super 8 motel, off I-581 for the night, ……...........”No worries, It’s all good!”
Where I stayed