For a nice change we had household come to go to and experience with us! Debbie’s sister (Vicki) and her husband (Jeff) trailered their Harley Davidson Fats Boy bike from Ohio to our residence in Entrance Royal, VA. Neither of them had ridden Skyline Drive or anyplace on this a part of Virginia.
They got here out for the Labor Day weekend arriving late Friday afternoon. Saturday morning, we unload their Fats Boy and made prepared for Skyline Drive. The morning was cool however snug and the view of Skyline Drive from my driveway was clear and vibrant. Little did we all know that the brilliant solar would disappear and reappear and disappear and reappear as rode alongside the ridges of the parkway.
Stopping at just a few of the early western view overlooks Vicki and Jeff although the websites of blue skies and the Shenandoah Valley have been simply spectacular! They have been each having fun with the sleek tarmac and twisty nature of the parkway and because it was early within the day the bonus of a low site visitors.
Trying east, nevertheless, I noticed that the brilliant and sunny wouldn’t be the best way the complete journey. Plenty of clouds clung on the treetops, with breezes shifting them round in film like motions as they sweep up and down the japanese ridge. I knew, from the variety of occasions I’ve ridden the parkway, that in brief order we might be driving in a cloud and the temps would drop.
I used to be not unsuitable, as we approached the primary exit from Skyline Drive, Thornton Hole, the clouds have been proper down on the parkway. Ridding via a cloud, you probably have not finished so, is foggy and damp. Driving our bikes out of Thornton Hole we shortly made it to Mary’s Rock Tunnel. After all, we needed to hit the throttle to listen to the music of the V-Twins reverberate from the halls of the tunnel.
We pulled off on the Mary’s Rock overlook, right now’s view was extra, inside cloud, then wonderful vista however, we talked to Jeff and Vicki and customarily admired Skyline Drive and the opposite bikes parked on the overlook.
Again on the bikes we have been out and in the clouds going from heat to chill with the occasional mist and rain drops. We dropped off Skyline Drive on the second exit after which rode the bikes north on SR 340 again to Ft. Royal.
After the experience we went to “Shenandoah Valley Ax Throwing Firm” for dinner and a few enjoyable. Throwing the ax was a variety of enjoyable and a bit therapeutic relying on what you have been imagining the goal to be 😊. That is the primary time we had been there be it won’t be the final!
The following day was simply as a lot enjoyable. We rode the bike south on Fort Valley Street to Luray. Swung by Cooters, Duke’s of Hazzard Museum after which over Thornton Hole.
Thornton’s Hole has indicators on each side that state that it is a excessive crash space for bikes! The indicators are proper, individuals overestimate their abilities.
Just like the day earlier than, as we reached the highest of the ridge and handed beneath Skyline Drive, we activated our “storm chasers” superpowers. Three quarters of the best way up an almost all the best way down the opposite facet it was motorcycling in a light-weight rain and fog. Nevertheless it was heat and sunny after we have been again within the valley beneath.
This present day we stopped for lunch in Entrance Royal at “PaveMint Smokn’ Faucet Home” which is a good place for wooden smoked meals. Everybody liked their meals, Vicky and Jeff mentioned they want to come again sometime.
2 days of motorcycling, with 2 members of our household for 220 miles of the perfect of driving in Virginia … simply can not beat that!
Journey On, Journey Secure