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.
We stayed the night at the Village Inn Motel. It is a nice clean, biker friendly motel, just south of Harrisionburg.
Our 'iron horse' waiting to get packed out in the morning.
From Harrisionburg to Elkton it's all up hill to get on the Skyline Drive. Once on it we quickly found out why so many biker friends recommended this scenic drive. Vistas like this one around every turn. Nearly every stretch of the road is a curve. Quite a work out for the driver . But it's all worth it.
Morning mist. The Skyline Dive and the Blue Ridge Parkway, for the most part, follow the ridge line of the mountains. A lot of time there are beautiful vistas on both sides of the road.
Usually the temperatures are 10 to 15 degrees lower on the drive than in the valleys. On this trip it was low 90's in the valleys and mid 70's on the drive.
There are a lot, I mean A LOT of turnouts. If you stopped at every one you would never come off the mountains.
The turnouts provide a great time to take a break and rest a bit, taking in all the beauty.
The drive allows NO commercial traffic, no gas stations, just an occasional visitor center. Usually the nearest town is 50 to 100 miles away. Take some snacks to eat!
City of Lexington Visitor's Center. This was our first stop in Lexington, and we were very fortunate that we did stop here. The staff was super helpful, and they let us store all our riding gear at the center while we toured the town.
We had to visit the Stonewall Jackson house. Before Stonewall Jackson became the South's Confederate General, he was a professor at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. This was his house that he lived in.
Stonewall Jackson's grave site.
Washington and Lee University Chapel. This is where Robert E Lee was laid to rest.