Last Thursday I had an epiphany. Well this is the same said "epiphany" I always have...just this time I actually acted on it. Fall is by far my most favorite time of year, the cooler air, the leaves changing colors, thoughts of warm fires in the fireplace, hot chocolate spiked with Kahlua, comfort foods heavy with sauces & gravies, clear cold nights good for stargazing...etc...oh and I like to ride my motorcycle & hike & take pictures of nature as well especially this time of year. So with October coming to an end and being couped up indoors at the office for work all week in front of a damn computer while these flawless sunny 70 degree days taunt me out my lone window day after day...I said "SCREW THIS ****!!!".
So I took Friday of work. I'm not even sure if I had a paid vacation day yet to use or not. But the outdoors & the mountains could really care less about my paid vacation days and quite frankly so could I. I got up at 5:45am on Friday morning and was on the steelhorse by 6:15am. In true Halloween spirit I rode up to Transylvania County in the mountains of North Carolina in search of Dracula, Frankenstein and whatever else I could find. Turns out they got some pretty darn nice motorcycle roads & hiking trails up there. I rode for 600 miles that day and got back home at 9:30pm. I did two hikes to some nice lookouts, smelled the nice mountain air, rode my bike like I stole it at times while other times I cruised & soaked in the views. I even did at least 2 U-turns to go back and take pictures of things that caught my eye as I rode past.
I hiked up to Sunset Rock overlooking the town of Highlands, NC. I then rode across to Balsam Grove, NC on the awesome & little known "Charles Creek Rd" & entered Transylvania County and rode up to the BRP. Once on the BRP I hiked the "Art Loeb" trail to the top of "Black Balsam Bald" to take in the views above treeline in all 360 unobstructed degrees. I then headed back west and rode Wayah Rd to check out "Lake Nantahala" before heading south on Hwy 60 back through Suches, GA on my way home. I topped it all off with Shrimp Nachos and was kept company by some Mexican gentleman named "Corona"...me & him got along just fine!
Just like Anthony Bourdain "I write, I eat, I travel...and I'm hungry for more!" ...unlike him I just don't get paid a damn penny to do it!...Dammitt!!!
Here's a little bit of what I did & what I saw.
Ride Video: Music (Artist/Track): Tremonti / Brains