Yesterday's last stop was in Rocky Mt, VA where we stayed at the Holiday Inn Express. This destination was approximately 20 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway. This morning we found a backroads route to the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was some of the most beautiful, windy, country roads we had been on so far. Sometimes you find a gem when you're not looking for it.
Our route today finds us on the Blue Ridge Parkway most of the day, with the exception of a lunch detour into the small town of Mt. Airy, NC. This is the sleepy small town where Andy Griffith grew up, and he pattern the Andy Griffith show after it.
Our final destination is in the small mountain town Blowing Rock, NC high in the Blue Ridge mountains.
The following are some morning photos from riding the ridge on the Parkway. As you can see, clouds are building, rain is on its way.
Taking a little break from riding (caught her when she turned around).
Here is a short video that shows some of the less aggressive riding the on the Parkway, check it out.
Mabry Mill is a working watermill located at milepost 176 of Blue Ridge Parkway. Touring the mill was fascinating. I was not aware that these type mills did so many things, from a saw mill, grist mill, running various 'power' tools such as a jig saw, a planer, and other tools.
Around milepost 215, we stopped at the Blue Ridge Music Center (actually a visitors center) where you can experience live local mountain music. We stayed long enough to hear a number of tunes from this couple.