Well it would appear that COVID has canceled my 2020 trip to Blue Ridge Parkway on Dash. Thus, Rick took pity on me and decided to come to me for a short (mileage wise) long (day in the saddle) ride.
He had heard that Gibraltar Road was a scenic road and not far from me so off we went. I had never been on the road.
183 miles and 5 hours later we made a twisty loop without any freeway.
As we were trying to find Gibraltar Road some nice socially distant walkers informed us we had passed it 50 yards back. U-turns. I hate them. This one I was not feeling very comfortable about as I kept seeing myself dropping the bike, and, of course, due to my lack of confidence drop the bike I did. So embarrassing.
While Rick took his sweet time sauntering toward me to assist he of course said, and I quote, “Time to go back to StreetMasters.” Yeah, yeah, pick up the pace Rickina. Luckily the kind hiker rushed over to help and we popped Raquel upright, checked out my bike (all good) and I tucked my tail between my legs and off to Gibraltar Road we went. It just isn’t a ride if I am not falling over at least once!
The road was quite nice. Not too many cars, lots of bicyclists, and fairly nice pavement. We stopped to take a picture and the asphalt was so soft that our bikes started to sink into it. I pointed this out to Rick and we decided to find a less scenic place to stop. No one wanted to be picking up 2 bikes. Again.
Here are some pictures of the Vista. We were up almost 4,000 feet in elevation. That fog bank never lifted but provided some nice heat relief as we rode along.
Rick striking a pose for the camera
Picking up the familiar 154 we headed to lunch and then to Foxen Canyon Road (a perennial motorcycle favorite). And, I kid you not, not one single car in front of us. It was magical. The entire 30+ miles just us. Turning back around we retraced our steps (but not on Gibraltar Road again) and pulled over (yet another U-turn-come on!) to take a picture of Rick’s favorite car (a 1950 something truck) that he had and it was a red/rust patina so he painted yellow-insert lots of details here…
Cool truck, but I guess his didn’t have a cactus sticking out of the engine…
Guess this is my 2020 ride of any magnitude. I will have to plan something epic for 2021 to make up for 2020’s dismal showing.