Dale, Tim and I met up in Morganton, took Hwy 181 then 19E over to the Roan Mountain community and had lunch at Highlander BBQ. Food was very good, fantastic service, very staff friendly. Highly suggest that you give them a try when you’re in the area. We’ll sure be going back!
After lunch we headed south on Hwy 143 to the parking area on top of the mountain to enjoy the area. The road was in good shape with only a few sections that did have some minor issues. I did find a grove while in a right-hand curve that slightly wash my front-end out a little. Other than that, the pavement is good.
Once in the parking lot, I made the goofy video in this post. Always having a great time riding with both Dale and Tim. We hung out here for a while, and I told them the time that Sue and I were there, and my truck failed to start. Cell service is very sketchy, however I did have one of my amateur radio (HAM) transceivers with me, and contacted a friend in Lenoir, NC, and had him to dispatch a towing service to my location. Typically a cell phone will always fail you when needed the most. Amateur radio (HAM) always gets through!
Tim lives in Marion, so we continued into North Carolina where Hwy 143 becomes Hwy 261. Made our way down the mountain through the curves into Bakersville, then onto Hwy 226 towards Marion where Tim peeled off. Dale and I continued on back to Hickory to complete the ride. 8 hours out on the bike.
Living the dream…
Footnote. Carrying a handgun in a Tennessee state park for us is 100% legal.