Motocycle Rides: The Raptor within the chilly with rain and snow.


Over the Columbus federal vacation weekend Debbie and I took our first lengthy trip on the brand new bike (I will likely be posting concerning the new bike quickly).  The climate was imagined to be cool however not horrible. Nonetheless, cool became chilly and chilly turned to a mixture of rain and snow.

This was additionally seemingly the final in a single day journey of the season as we head, shortly, into winter!  Winter sucks!

Sunday morning, we pulled out and headed south to Staunton, Virginia. Our objective was to trip “The Raptor”, 88 miles throughout 8 mountains with sections of twisties that rival the Tail of the Dragon.

The Raptor lived as much as its look on the map.  A number of up and down hill switchbacks, tight twisty turns many exceeding 90 levels. In different phrases, it’s plenty of enjoyable for riders that like this sort of street.  That is additionally a street, just like the Tail of the Dragon, that should you don’t concentrate, AND trip inside your skills, you can get your self into bother.

There’s nothing fairly like driving US Route 250, the Raptor, on a bike. It’s an exhilarating expertise that takes you thru among the most scenic and difficult roads within the nation. You’ll encounter twists and turns, mountains and valleys, forests, and farms, as you cruise alongside this stretch of asphalt.

After we completed The Raptor, I wished to show round and head again to do it once more.  However the temperature had dropped, and Debbie wished to go to the lodge.  Alas, I used to be counting on the GPS and didn’t notice it was set to “Scenic” not quickest. OPPS! About an hour into what I assumed was to be, at most, a 30 minute journey I spotted my mistake.  20 minutes later we made it to the Corduroy Inn and Lodge at Snowshoe, WV, our cease for the night time.

At this level I began to grasp absolutely (not that I didn’t already know from being there a number of instances) that we have been at a ski resort.  Debbie and I began laughing about our state of affairs and shortly made for the Inn.

The following morning, I walked out to see how the climate impacted the bike and car parking zone.  There was some snow on the bike, however the car parking zone was good to go, with no ice or snow.  Additionally, upon try we have been instructed we should always have used the parking storage… thanks guys we’ll know for subsequent time.

By the way in which, our room on the Corduroy Inn was genuinely good, we’d keep there once more.

Pulling out we headed first to Senica Rocks for breakfast and the view.  It was cooling off much more and beginning to rain so we spent little time on the view.

Again on the street we headed to the home and made it dwelling on a dirty and moist bike and searching ahead to heat showers!