Roan Mountain State Park Ride

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.

Short video of the ride

after departing the Asheville Harley-Davidson End Of Summer event.

Dale is on his CVO Ultra Classic
Stacy is on her Softail Deluxe
Sue is on her Anniversary Road King Classic
Tim is on his awesome Road King Standard
and I’m on my Anniversary Street Glide

This was Stacy and Tim’s (both new HD riders) first time on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We entered the Parkway in Asheville, and exited at Hwy 221. Was a very nice, relaxing ride.

I have owned a slew of

riding jackets, and now have found my favorite of all. The Harley-Davidson Metonga Switchback Lite Riding Jacket.

For my riding adventures, this is going to be my go to jacket. No longer will I need to carry a standard jacket, along with a mesh jacket for those days when it starts out cool, then warms quite a bit.

For summer riding zip open the panels to expose the mesh vents and keep cool, while maintaining a decent level of protection.

Spring and Fall, close the panels and enjoy the mid-level temps this time of years brings.

Winter, use my Gerbing heated jacket liner, and continue enjoying motorcycling while most others have their rides connected to a battery tender.

The jacket has extra abrasion panels, plus pockets for installation of additional impact resistant pads.

Harley knocked it out of park with this one…

https://www.harley-davidson.com/us/en/shop/Mens-Metonga-Switchback-Lite-Riding-Jacket/p/98393-19VM

Asheville H-D, and the ride afterwards

Stacy, Dale, Tim, Sue, and I attended the end of summer event at Asheville Harley-Davidson Saturday. Home of the Smoky Mountain HOG Chapter. Harley-Davidson dealerships, unlike most metric and fake Indian (Polaris) dealerships, typically host social events throughout the year. Yes, these events are designed to sell bikes and merchandise for the dealer, but with a twist. Usually free food (donations accepted), live music, multi-vendor service, etc. The event yesterday was great. Thank you Asheville Harley-Davidson!

Afterwards we took off for a ride on one of the best routes in NC. The Blue Ridge Parkway. We entered the Parkway in Asheville and rode it North to Hwy 221, stopping along the way so too enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Once we reached Hwy 221, we rode the curves back down into Marion, NC and made our way home. Several hundred miles, and many hours in the saddle. What a rush…