Let it be hereto said that if I go out on the Blue Ridge Parkway on the back of a motorcycle…it IS going to rain.
This is two weekends in a row that it has happened, with the forecast saying less than 30% chance of rain likely on that afternoon.
However, if Bonnie gets on a motorcycle….that percentage goes up to 100%!
It was a lovely ride though – this time we headed south on the Parkway toward Grandfather Mountain.
So many folks were out enjoying the cooler temps up in the mountains, hiking, kayaking on lakes, stopping for family photos at turnouts, overlooks and rest areas.
I thought to myself how amazing it is that while people travel from all over the world just to experience the beauty of the Blue Ridge, I am definitely one of the lucky ones who gets to LIVE here.
Clouds are gathering, but it hasn’t started raining…YET!
Helmeted up, ready to roll!
Back side of Grandfather Mountain!
If you look closely – mid left on the photo you will see a bridge against the side of the mountain. This is the famous viaduct – the mountain was so rocky that they had to build the road outside the mountain, skirting the edge of it.
Here is a video I found showing the area, and something I didn’t know..there are hiking trails UNDER that viaduct ---that is so on my bucket list!
The rain didn’t start until our way back after lunch in Linville. All told we rode about 100 miles round trip ---
This morning’s Thunderheads.
It thundered and rained off and on through the night –poor Sadie. She hates the slightest amount of rumbling thunder, and flashes of lightning through window blinds nearly put her over the edge.
So this morning’s walk was cut short by rumbling thunder in the distance coming ever closer, and ominous random drops of rain kept our morning walk short enough just to get business done.
Good thing, because the sky has since opened up in earnest and I’m so glad I didn’t get caught in the midst of this summer downpour while out on my regular long morning hike.
This from my front porch a few minutes agp:
I guess there will be no heading down the mountain until AFTER this storm has settled down!
Happy Monday, Y’all!