Today is the second leg of our Blue Ridge Parkway Motorcycle Ride. Today we are riding to Mount Airy, NC, just 190 miles via the Blue Ridge Parkway. Though the miles are short there is much to see.
Why are we here? The parkway’s sweeping curves and awesome vistas are a few reasons why motorcyclist ride the Blue Ridge Parkway each year. The Parkway’s reputation is one of the best roads in the U. S. Drivers and riders are lured to the Parkway by the scenic overlooks, picnic sites, camping and lodging opportunities and the nearby attractions and accommodations.
If you are considering a motorcycle ride along the Parkway, you must be aware of safety and laws. Riders are required to wear a helmet. The maximum speed limit along the Parkway is 45 miles per hour and in places as slow as 25 miles per hour. Riders should lookout for deer and other animals and loose gravel.
Our lunch stop was just a 53 mile ride with beautiful scenic vistas around every turn. The views off the Blue Ridge Parkway are beyond description. Although pictures do capture much of the beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway, seeing it is the best and only way to truly experience the Parkway. The weather. was really nice. The temperatures were cool, sky mostly overcast with threats of possible rain showers . We donned the rain gear several times but the rain never materialized. The sun managed to shine through from time to time to high light the spectacular views in the distance.
The Blue Ridge Parkway also has many tunnels which added to the spectacular terrain of the Parkway as it twists and turns. Each turn revealing a new scenic vista, flowing stream or shaded tree covered setting.
There are so many photo opts on the Parkway. You can’t stop at all the pullouts or you will never get very far. Janet has gotten pretty good at what I call ride by shots. She got a lot of good shots as we rode by.
We ate a good lunch in Little Switzerland, NC at the Switzerland Café and General Store. The staff at the Café and store were friendly and helpful with information about the area. There were other riders who stopped there and we visited with them and swapped stories about our rides. We had considered riding road 226A better known as the “Diamondback” but one rider had just came from there and said there was a lot of construction and many of the curves had loose gravel in them from the construction and the rain. We decided to leave it to another time. You might want to check the status of the road before you ride.
From Little Switzerland it was just 129 miles to Mount Airy, NC. Much more beautiful scenic vistas all along the way.
Once in Mount Airy, NC, we found our motel and after checking in decided to eat at the Rock City Diner. We were all tired, hungry and wanting to kick back. Morgan, our waitress, was a great sport and joined in with our corny jokes and put downs as we talked about our day’s ride and whatever else came up. Morgan was such a good sport I wrote a post just about our time at the Rock City Diner.
After we ate we gathered around the pool and swapped more stories about the day and days gone by. James was bringing up the rear for much of the ride and related this about the ride… James listened to the oldies as he rode. He said, it appeared as though the line of our motorcycles were dancing to the music as we rode the twists and turns of the Parkway. What a great way to end the day and this post.
Tomorrow we ride from Mount Airy, NC to Roanoke, VA. Just 101 miles after we take in the many sites here in Mount Airy,
Come follow a long as we ride more of the Blue Ridge Parkway and enjoy our ride and take in more of the beautiful scenery of the Parkway.
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
- Blue Ridge Parkway Motorcycle Ride June 2014 Ride Day 3
- 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
For more pictures and video of our Blue Ridge Parkway ride…