Thought I would post this here. SRAB thought some might be interested. My whole report is going up on Rounders
Day4 Sometimes you just gotta make due with what ya got.
Saturday I woke up and it was raining and I didn’t care. “Dang where ya goin’ hon? Oh MOA business, I might as well get up and get some breakfast and figure out what I’m doing today then” or I said something like it anyways. Gail and I had fun the night before going out with some MOA folks for dinner at this good BBQ joint. (Rumor has it they might be a vendor at the rally next summer. Yumm!) We had a very good time. My head felt a bit like I had a very good time. It was a slow starting day. About 11ish the rain stopped and I decided to get out and get a ride in down in North Carolina. I only went out for 4 hours or so but I sure did have a bit of an adventure.
One thing annoying about Garmin. He sometimes thinks I have dual sport. I’ve told him time and time again that RoadKings are not good on trails. He don’t listen sometimes. Today would be one of those times. I took a nice route out of town. I thought I would take a circuitous route down towards the middle section of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
All was well until Garmin turned me down a shortcut. Ok not too bad
I turned down the dirt road thinking I would just go down a bit and check out if it was ok. All of a sudden this big dang dog with a thing for bald guys, black bikes, chrome or all of the above ran out and chased me down the road. Now I could manage about 1 mph faster than the dog on this dirt road. It was a bit of a drawn out affair with the outcome in doubt before the dog got bored with me and turned back. The only reason he didn’t catch me was because I had a head start. That wouldn’t be the case if I turned around. I was stuck with this road.
It turned out to be over 3 miles of wet leaves, puddles, curves and steep incline. I tell you I’m glad it was all uphill. I don’t think I would have made it if I had to brake on it.
Then I received my reward. I came around a bend and….
At the top it intersected with the Parkway, the sun was back out and I had a nice ride. Unfortunately it was the weekend it was a bit more crowded and a bit hazy.
The day ended back at the hotel with another meal with the MOA folks, a couple more Oktoberfest beers and a warm bed. Tomorrow I’m heading home, where has the time gone?