My home last night, at just over 6,000 feet. I'd tell you more, but I really like the spot, want to go back, and definitely wasn't supposed to be there.🤫 As I should have known from all my time camping in the west, often at double the altitude, do NOT trust the weather forecast, when in the mountains.
Yes, it rained 😖
No, I didn't get wet 🙂
Somehow, with a full beard, winter hat, hoodie, and inside a mummy bag, the first drop apparently landed on my face, as everything else was bone dry. Knowing better than to wait, away to my bike I flew like a flash, tore open my tour pack and threw up my stash (of ropes and rain fly). 😆
The next ten hours saw steady rain, 4 in the dark, 6 in the light. Great sleeping weather! Though I don't like to linger at these types of spots, the 46° droplets from above made sleeping-in a no-brainer.
As soon as it all passed, about 11am, I packed up camp, and rode Gloria out of the dense mountaintop forest.I took special care to cross exposed roots as squarely as possible, since those bastards are slick as hell, even when dry. Despite getting slightly stuck, and sliding laterally across a few unexposed roots, we made it out, and back onto the Blue Ridge Parkway, without incident. 👍👍👍
The day is no longer young, but here in the heart of best motorcycle riding in the East, the possibilities are limitless. Now, off to the Tail of the Dragon!
Later, after 300+ curves, maybe I'll have a good tale of the draggin' that Gloria is known for! 😁
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