Friday, September 5, 2008

vacation






For what it is worth, I am back. LOL

Let's see. Saturday. Beautiful day. The sun was shining I was ready and Pat was slow. LOL Packed once then repacked to a lighter bag. Then we were off!

From Blue Ridge vacation
On our way to the Blue Ridge Parkway. 5 days of camping out and riding the motorcycle. We did not make it as far as I hoped the first day. I forgot that Pat was a 5 miler. Go 5 miles and stop. I am just kidding. But I swear that man stopped so many times I was afraid we would not even make it to North Carolina the first day! It was a beautiful ride. We took the scenic route. LOL One of the first places we saw was the Occoe.
From Blue Ridge vacation
Great white water rafting there so I have been told. You would not get me in one of those rafts or a kayak! We saw where the Olympics held the white water events when it was in Atlanta.
Finally we arrived in North Carolina. We passed the road that leads to the Dragon's Tail, US 129. This is a trip we plan in the future. In Andrews, NC we pass a Harley Shop we just had to stop to see. How about that for a bike? Daylight is quickly going and we have miles to go. We get to Bryson City just outside of Cherokee and decided to find a campsite.
From Blue Ridge vacation
There we set up camp and the fun began! LOL As we unpacked we found that 1 small bag had been left out. The one that held our utensils! Luckily that was not too big of a problem. We found a couple forks packed away but no can opener so no chili on the hot dogs. The campground was right on the river.
From Blue Ridge vacation
It was also right on the highway so the sounds of loud motorcycles roared until late at night.
The next morning dawned early. We were up before daylight and started getting breakfast fixed and breaking down camp. Remember I am with pokey. 4 hours later we are on our way. Finally we get on the Parkway!
The mountains are beautiful! I recommend going there at least once in your life. We got to the highest point on the Parkway and had to take our picture!
From Blue Ridge vacation
You cannot not take one there! It was at that stop that we saw a woman with her little dog tucked in too! On a motorcycle! There were lots of bikes and lots of mountains
From Blue Ridge vacation
In Asheville the fun began. Part of the Parkway was closed due to rock slides so we were detoured to the interstate for our next leg of the trip. We were headed to Linville Falls where we were going to stay for a day or 2. This section of the interstate is scary to me. We were going to ride down Black Mountain.
From Blue Ridge vacation
I hate that. It is a steep grade. Lots of wrecks have happened on that mountain.
As it was that was our last ride. Shortly after getting to the bottom Pat pulled over. We had a tire going flat. Sunday, a holiday weekend, on the side of an interstate. Not what I wanted to do! After an hour or so a police officer stopped. It seems someone called in a wreck with dead bodies! Stupid! At that time we were waiting on our ride. We knew we had a long wait! Luckily we had a deck of cards. Pat found out that I am a killer in Gin and poker! LOL What gets me is NO ONE stopped! Seven hours on the side of the road and no one stopped. Also no police other than that first one. I could not believe it. Seven hours and no troupers! The first cop was a city cop! I was disappointed in our fellow bikers. At least 200 went by and no one stopped.
So our trip was cut short and once again a major expense incurred. $300 in gas for the tow home. $200 for a new tire. Ugh . Might be last vacation for a long while!


12 comments:

gaboatman said...

Celeste
I'm sorry the trip was cut short and turned expensive. What I can't fugure out is why no other bikers stopped to see if you needed help. That doesn't sound like the biking community. I'm glad you guys are back safe, though.
Sam

Gattina said...

That's really a shame !
But I see it seems to going better with you !

Rjet33 said...

I found you! Yea! Haved moved here from AOL like a lot of others since they are shutting us down. I have been with them since 1999 and have had journals since 2005 and they wanna treat me like this? I am going to Yahoo for email!!!!! Hope you are doing well. Enjoyed your pics. Sorry it turned out like it did.

Blessings!~

Susan
http://countrylivingsouthernstyle.blogspot.com/

The follow this blog link isn't working right now. Will try back in a bit.

ELLIE said...

Hey girl - sorry you are in pain from your teeth - your in my prayers that relief comes soon - I tried to leave a comment in your journal on aol but it said I was not granted permission so I am leaving a comment here - got you on my twitter - and clicked to follow your blog - come by my blog and click on my follow me - I do not want to lose touch with anyone - take care of you
--Ellie
http://ellie-crazylife.blogspot.com/

Rjet33 said...

I have tried to click follow this blog on your blog, but it always says Error on page. Will keep trying. Wouldn't let me yesterday, won't let me today. :-(
Have a great weekend!~

Blessings!~

Susan

Rjet33 said...

Still won't let me add Follow This Blog. :-( I have saved you to favorites so I can find my way back. :-)

Blessings!~

Susan

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Ora said...

Hi Celeste...do hope the pain with teeth is much better now...whatever they did...I hate dentists but somehow I always find myself in their chair!!! my prayers are for your complete pain free time...hugs from Ora in KY

Rjet33 said...

Finally! It let me click on Follow This Blog! Woo Hoo! Persistence paid off in this case! :-)

Blessings!~

Susan

Jeannette said...

So glad you found me, well now I have found you. I did not see a list of followers so cannot add myself. Mind you it is so late here and I am off to bed.

Jeannette said...

Ok, found it. Added myself. Please leave a comment next time you visit lol

Sandisan said...

Wow that was some trip...love the bike. I haven't been camping in years but I used to go all the time, loved it too. Glad I finally found you..blogger seems nice just have to get used to it...love, Sandi