Today our adventure takes us from Harrisonburg, VA east to the Skyline Drive. The Skyline Drive actually begins in Front Royal, VA, about 60 miles north of where we start on it. For the next 3 days we will be on this mountain top drive including the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Halfway through our ride, we come down from the mountains and take a break in the small town of Lexington. We end up the day in the small mountain town of Rocky Mount, VA.
First order of business this morning is to stop at Blue Ridge Powersports Honda motorcycle dealer to get a waterproof outer jacket for Deb. The people here were great and the prices were really good too. BTW – Debs Joe Rocket jacket was advertised as waterproof and it is not.
Our adventure today begins in the historical town of Winchester, Virginia. Winchester sits in the northernmost corner of Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley. This area is rife with Civil War history, in fact, the town of Winchester changed hands between the North and South 72 times during the war!
This summer I read a great book called Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson. So this year's adventure also has a theme, 'the Civil War'.
After Winchester, we rode up to the Antietam Battle Field for a quick tour. From there we traveled to Front Royal, took a right turn to the Shenandoah Valley. Down the Shenandoah Valley to Harrisionburg.
The weather today was hot, in the low 90's, with scattered afternoon thunderstorms
Our Adventure today starts in New Philadelphia, OH on the scenic route US 250. We travel south to the Wheeling, WV area. Once in WV, we take route US 250 to Fairmont, WV. Nearly, 75 miles of winding mountain roads where there is less than a handful of places (in the entire stretch) where you can pass. Just south of Fairmont we pick up US 50 headed West to our destination in Winchester, VA. Nearly the whole day was tight windy mountains roads, my kind of motorcycle riding 😀.
Sometime you have to do a little driving before the adventure begins. Today was about getting out of Michigan and most of Ohio, transportation day . Our route begins at home and ends up in New Philadelphia, OH. Almost a straight line from point A to B.