Today is the 3rd ride day but the first leg of our Blue Ridge Parkway motorcycle ride. We arrived at my ol’ Air Force buddy’s, Larry C., on Friday. We spent the last couple of days resting up after our first two days riding out in the rain. There are 5 motorcycles and 8 riders riding the Blue Ridge Parkway. The riders are Larry T, Janet and me, Larry C. and Jo, Alfred and Jean, and James…
Bryant, AL to Asheville, NC via the Blue Ridge Parkway (254 miles)
We were up early. Jo, being a southern belle, always cooks us a good breakfast. Larry C. and I loaded the bikes and the trailer Larry C. is pulling. Alfred and Jean arrive shortly and load their ice chest and luggage into the trailer. It was nice having a trailer to carry drinks and extra stuff.
We are meeting two other riders, Larry T. and James at a Hardee’s near Cleveland, TN. Alfred knew the way to Hardee’s so Alfred and Jean led the way. The weather was cool and sunny which made for a nice ride to Hardee’s. Larry T. and James met there for breakfast and waited for us to arrive. James is a friend and former co-worker of Larry T. After we arrived we spent a short time visiting and checking out James’ custom Harley. We were back on the road with Alfred in the lead again. We are heading to Cherokee, NC where we will pickup the beginning of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a slow and relaxing ride. The Parkway has stunning long-range and close-up views of the rugged Appalachian mountains. The Parkway twists and turns for 469 miles, revealing opportunities to enjoy all that makes the Parkway so special.
Once on the Parkway, we knew we were in for a very picturesque ride. It was a short , 21 mile scenic ride to Maggie Valley, just off the Parkway. In Maggie Valley, we stopped for lunch at Country Vittles. If you like home style southern cooking, Country Vittles is the place for you. Good food, prices and service,
Just down the road is the “Wheels Through Time Museum”. If you are in Maggie Valley, this is a must see. I’ve been to a number of motorcycle museums and I would have to say this is the best I’ve seen. My only regret is we couldn’t stay longer. There is so much to see you could spend days taking in more than 325 classic motorcycles. We also enjoyed the friendly staff that took the time to talk shop and swap stories. All of the motorcycles in the museum are said to run. I’ll have to take their word for that since I didn’t see any run… but they all looked as though they could run. I would have loved to take a few of them out for a ride.
From the museum it was back on the Parkway. We took advantage of the many pull offs for photo opportunities as we meandered our way along the Parkway. It was a short 75 mile ride to Asheville where we were staying for the night…
It was a fun day riding the scenic Parkway with good friends, taking many pictures and creating wonderful memories…
Tomorrow we continue our ride down the Parkway. Come follow along and enjoy the scenery and the ride.
Ride safe. We will see you down the road somewhere…
We had a great time on our ride. You may want to check out the other days of our ride by clicking on the links below.
- Blue Ridge Parkway Motorcycle Ride June 2014 Day 1 & 2
- Ride Day 4 Blue Ridge Parkway Motorcycle Ride June 2014
- Blue Ridge Parkway Motorcycle Ride June 2014 Ride Day 5
- Blue Ridge Parkway Motorcycle Ride June 2014 Ride Day 6
- Blue Ridge Parkway Motorcycle Ride June 2014 Ride Day 7
- Heading Home – Blue Ridge Parkway Motorcycle Ride June 2014
Below is my first my first attempt at making a video of our ride. Have a look. It condenses the ride down to 9:13 minutes…