On this tour I learned to appreciate the Blue Ridge Parkway for what it is- a national treasure.  It is a velvet strip of roadway, void of stop signs, red lights, trucks, and strip malls, that connects two national parks, in a manner you won't find anywhere else.  It is a peaceful, contemplative ride, that will take you back 60 years in time to a different America.  Back to a era of low traffic, rolling meadows, quiet pastures, and thick forests.  Although it has many travelers, you seldom see many vehicles.  I had a great ride north.

I had to improvise the ride back south to make it interesting.  I've done it so many times, I've run out of new ways to do it, but I managed, you can find out how that went in the story.

The reason for the Fall Tour has always been the Blue Ridge Gathering, and this year was no exception.  I've been to all of them dating back to 2001.  I spent four nights in the Blue Ridge and had a great time riding and hanging out with the guys.

Outside of some rain on day 2, the weather was perfect.  Cool nights and mornings, warm days.  Could not ask for better.  I'd never seen the skies so blue and clear in the Blue Ridge.  I also learned on this tour I'm getting older, and not in as good a shape as I was 5 years ago, and both combined to make this ride a little more challenging, you'll read about those tribulations in the journal.

The bike for this tour was the Honda.  As it closes in on 100k it still performs perfectly.   The only problem this tour were the tires.  Both are cupped and have over 10k miles on them.  I struggled leaning the bike in the hills, and had to work to keep the bike on line while heeled over.
The text and pictures in the journal will once again tell the story of a Long Rider out for a ride.  I hope you like it.

Guy-Oct 12. 2010
Photo by Peter Menard



​Fall Tour 2010