Hello everyone. I had spring break from college and I didn't feel like working, so I decided to take a trip on my shiny new Versys. I still had my temp tags from the dealer!
I had planned on starting Saturday the 19th of March, but decided to delay by a day for weather. I kept checking and checking and decided to leave on Sunday.
I left from Apex, NC around 10am and set off for Fancy Gap, VA to pick up the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was cold. Really cold... I ended up having to stop and buy some heavier gloves. I was committed, though!!!
After hitting Fancy Gap and grabbing lunch, I started down the BRP toward Boone, NC, where my first hotel was already booked (NO TENTS FOR ME - TOO COLD).
I had to stop every 30 minutes or so to get off and warm up. It gave me time to enjoy the scenery and just relax. I was riding solo and had no one to tell me to hurry along.
About 1 hour away from Boone, it started to rain a bit, then actually started to snow. The roads were wet, but nothing accumulated.
After spending the night in Boone, I headed back to the BRP to make my way to Asheville. When I hit highway 80, the BRP was closed. I decided to re-route and go west. A last minute Google search revealed I wasn't that far from the Dragon's Tail, so I plotted a course and made a new hotel reservation.
After getting to Asheville and stopping for lunch, I decided to go through Cherokee, NC and use hwy 441 to get to Lenoir City, TN for my hotel. I didn't have any IDEA what I was getting into.
For those of you who don't know, hwy 441 goes straight through the Smokey Mountain National Park. Twisties, views, and snow where all around. Traffic was light and I had a blast.
Unfortunately, I was trying to make Lenoir City before nightfall, and didn't get to stop for too many pictures. If I'd have known where I was going, I would've made different plans.
I wasn't comfortable leaving my bike out that night because of the neighborhood I was in:
The next morning, I rolled down hwy 129. There was hardly anyone there, and I got to really enjoy the Dragon's Tail. It was awesome.
After the Tail, I made way for home and didn't stop for anything but gas and food. 902.6 miles, round-trip.
This was such an amazing trip. I had so much fun, and really connected with Lucy (yes, I named her during the trip).
I plan on doing the same route with four days during the warmer season.