I woke up early, and was eager to get out of South Carolina. My 49th State wasn’t as “fun” as I had hoped. The mountains of North Carolina were calling me back. It had rained over night with an impressive thunderstorm. My bike was cleaner afterwards. hah!
I took US25 towards Asheville. I found a coffee shop I wanted to visit there. It turned out to be as good as I hoped, and they even had decent wifi. The chai was good. I might have spent too much time reading my book because when I went outside it just started to rain. I hopped on I40 and headed west.
After entering a tunnel, the rain was gone. My roadcrafter kept me dry, and I was very grateful to have it. I didn’t have to bring extra rain gear, and I didn’t have to stop to put it on like some of the other riders I saw cowering under bridges.
While watching the GPS, I saw some curving looking roads, so I exited to check them out. It turned out to be the foothills parkway which was fun.
And it was sunny! It didn’t seem like it had rained here at all.
I enjoyed the curvy mountain roads and of course the overlooks.
obligatory bike photo
Love the blue color of the mountains in the fog and rain.
Eventually, I had to say goodbye to North Carolina and cross back into Tennessee on the beginning of my journey back north. I am going to miss NC. I need to go back more often.
I stopped for lunch at a nice café in the middle of really no where. The owner was very friendly and we sat and talked for quite a while. With a full belly, it was time to find my hotel.
and that meant crossing into Kentucky. I booked a room in a town called London. I was hoping to see some giant red double decker busses. Nope. They do have a funny accent though! hah.
Is this camera recording still? Yup? ok.
The hotel had a cool charging station with two USB and three outlets. I made it my mission to see if I could use them all. I did. #ChargeAllTheThings. (GoPro, Camera, Kindle, BatteryPack, Phone)
I had a great day of riding today. The rain was very mild and didn’t spoil it in any way. At one point, it was cool enough, I actually was able to put on a long sleeve shirt. Nice. I really enjoyed riding in and looking at the mountains in this area. At times it felt like a mildly religious moment. Lots of joy and satisfaction.
A short day with just less than 300 miles. I finished up the day with some relaxing and devouring the treats I had collected along the way.
Tomorrow I make my way north to Indianapolis to start enjoying the MotoGP festivities.
- YouTube Playlist: Road Trip 2015
- Road Trip Day #10–Iowa, Minnesota, and Home
- Road Trip Day #9–Indianapolis MotoGP
- Road Trip Day #8– Part 2/2 Motorcycles on Meridian
- Road Trip Day #8– Part 1/2 IndyGP and Motorcycle Motorcycle Midway
- Road Trip Day #7–Indianapolis
- Road Trip Day #6–More Mountains!
- Road Trip Day #5–Mountains FTW!
- Road Trip Day #4–Memphis to Chattanooga
- Road Trip Day #3–Memphis, TN
- Road Trip Day #2–MO to TN
- Road Trip Day #1–MN to MO