Making Our Way To The Natural Bridge

Trip Start Jun 18, 2009
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Trip End Jun 23, 2009


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Sunday, June 21, 2009

June 21

Following a decent nights rest we entered Chimney Rock Park and made our way up to the Chimney Rock formation. After we parked the motorcycles we had to proceed about 500 feet through a man made tunnel in the side of the mountain that lead us to an elevator that took us to the top of Chimney Rock. There we had a magnificent view (for miles and miles) of Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge.

Today is fathers day and I was overjoyed to receive a call from my kids Rebecca and Christopher. While Christopher wished me a "Happy Mothers Day"  :o)   Rebecca asked me when were they finally going to get to go on Grandmas Big Boat - LOL. I also received a few calls from some of my dearest friends (you know who you are), and lots of text messages. Thank you all for starting my day off so nicely. It's nice to have so many good people in my life. Happy fathers day Rusty and thanks again for sharing this special adventure with me. Hope we have plenty more in our future.

We departed Chimney Rock by taking Highway Alternate 74 West (same way we came in), and by the way there are some 10+/- miles of amazing twisties on this road right around the town of Bat Cave, and once again we were on the Blue Ridge Parkway heading North.

We once again stopped in at the Switzerland Kafe, and this time we met with a fellow motorcycle rider who had recommended to us to take a loop around Little Switzerland and swore to us that we would not regret it. Well let me tell you that he was right. Yeeeeehhhaaaaa the twisties were amazing. Turns out there are so many super roads to ride on along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Parkway is very nice on its own, but for twisty lovers you MUST get off the Parkway as often as possible.

We eventually made it Grandfather Mountain. On our first attempt to visit this park we were turned away because of extremely high winds (80+ mph), but today we were lucky. They were only having 60+ mph winds. LOL, but seriously. They were not allowing motorcycles all the way to the top for safety reasons, and while we were both not happy with this we soon realized that they were right. The winds were fierce. We had to park a few hundred feet below the summit and hike up through the woods. The sound of the wind slamming against the swinging bridge at the summit was erie. When we reached the top we were amazed by how intense the winds were. Parents were holding on their kids for dear life - seriously - if not they would have blown off the mountain. Rusty and I bravely walked across the swinging bridge, and then back again, and then that was it. As my dad likes to say "Poppetje gezien - kastje dicht". Loose translation would be something like "Ok, we've seen it - now lets go".

From there we opted to take some alternate roads and make our way as far North as we could towards the Natural Bridge. We ended up spending the night in Dublin, VA.

Again we had great weather today. When we got back on the Parkway following our departure from Chimney Rock we climbed high into the mountains where we found ourselves today driving through the clouds. At first it was really exciting, but not before long the cloud coverage got thicker and thicker to the point where we could not go any faster (safely) than 10 mph. Do you have any idea how excrusuating that was .... 10 mph !!!  LOL

The roads we travelled today include:
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