Changing Plans - Pending Weather Behavior

Trip Start Sep 10, 2009
Trip End Sep 18, 2009

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sept. 16 : Well folks....the weather reports for the rest of the week don't look good at all. Rain suppose to start tonight up here and rain throughout the rest of the week, not only here but also the other destinations we had planned to visit........SO, we decided to veer a bit from our original plans.

   We got up early and packed up everything except the tent. Because of a heavy dew last night, we didn't want to pack it up wet. Leaving everything at the campsite, we went to visit 'The Natural Bridge’, A bridge of rock carved by nature, that is estimated to be 500 million years old, and has the Lee Highway (US Route 11) crossing over it.  We decided to go on with our plans for the first part of the day and just "play it by ear" the rest of the day, as the weather would allow.

   While at The Natural Bridge Park, we took a nature trail up into the woods and to a replica of a MONACAN INDIAN Village. This showed how the MONACAN INDIANS, who at that time were one of the most powerful tribes in that region, lived 300 years ago. 

   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.
Not wanting to ‘break the rule’ of NOT feeding the wildlife, I think I may have ‘accidentally’ (wink, wink…nod, nod) dropped a potato wedge or two close to where we were eating. (“Lord I apologize for that one, and please be with all the starving pygmies in New Guinea!...AMEN!!)

  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 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!”

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