Motorcycle Wanderings, General Travel, and a Weird Mix of Other Stuff

A Lucky Girl

Scenes like this always remind me how lucky we are to live where we do.


A pack of motorcycles parked on Main Street.


It’s a fabulous place for motorcyclists. Really.

From the center of town, if one is traveling north, south, or west, you’d reach winding, rural roads in mere minutes. In the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

A stone's throw from Skyline Drive.

A stone’s throw from Skyline Drive.


We’re literally within a 35-mile ride of the northernmost entrance (#2 on the map) to Skyline Drive and the Thornton Gap entrance (#3 on the map).

Although the Drive is one of those bucket list roads for motorcyclists, it’s not the best road in the area. The foothills between here and the mountains are webbed with winding, undulating ribbons of smooth asphalt.

Oh, and it’s┬ájust about a 90-mile drive to the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

I’m not bragging, I’m just sayin’…

The people are pretty awesome, too. I wish we’d moved here YEARS ago. Sigh…

On a lighter note, Hubby sent me a video link this morning. I’ve embedded the video below.

The subject line of his e-mail was, “The way I feel sometimes.”

That poor man. Maybe one day he’ll understand the importance of photographing his food.


  1. April 7, 2015    

    “the importance of photographing his food”

    Blog fodder?

    That looks and sounds like a beautiful riding area. One of these days…

    • April 7, 2015    

      Richard, if he had a blog, he might understand. But he doesn’t have a blog. Or understand, LOL.

  2. April 7, 2015    

    You are lucky to live close to all those beautiful back country byways.

    That is one of the things we love about the Willamette Valley too. We don’t have to drive through any large metro areas to get to the country or mountains.

    I had to chuckle at the video.

    • April 7, 2015    

      Brandy, that lack of metro areas is fabulous. Makes for more-pleasant riding for sure.

  3. April 7, 2015    

    Beautiful area indeed. One fine day I am going to visit…

    • April 7, 2015    

      I’ll be happy to act as tour guide, Sonja.

  4. Dar's Gravatar Dar
    April 7, 2015    

    I love where I live too, lots of great roads, but after awhile with living on an island you pretty much ride them all and then start craving more. Hoping the next few years will bring a road trip or two with some excellent twisties somewhere. Who knows maybe it will be down in your neck of the woods.

    As for the food porn – lol my hubby gets weird when I take pictures of a particularly good meal, he says “Its not like they can taste it or smell it, put the phone away.” Then I usually say “I know, but I can make em jealous that I am eating this fabulous meal.”

    • April 7, 2015    

      Dar, I can see how the island could get limiting. But at least it’s a big, beautiful island. Do you ever take the ferry so as to extend your bike trips?

      I try to be fast with food pics, if I take them at all anymore. Sometimes, they just can’t be avoided.

      • Dar's Gravatar Dar
        April 9, 2015    

        I haven’t really strayed off the Island too much, bloody BC Ferries is so expensive that its just not worth it for a weekend. It almost costs $200 roundtrip, it adds up if you go off too much. But luckily for me I still like riding the island because it is so pretty.

  5. April 8, 2015    

    You are lucky. Long Island is a flat sandbar. Everytime I leave it, I realize the riding is better elsewhere. The nearest fun place for me to ride is PA which has nice elevation changes and deserted country roads.

    • April 8, 2015    

      ShyB, LI does sound a bit limiting, but then there’s the water. I so miss the beach. Although I understand it’s sometimes challenging to actually get to the water on LI, due to the abundance of shoreline private property. At least PA isn’t too far away for you, it just takes a bit more time to get there.

  6. shan's Gravatar shan
    April 8, 2015    

    That GIF has me cracking up.

    • April 8, 2015    

      Shan, me, too!

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