But they who wait for the Lordshall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)
Finally! The sun came out and we got to ride the motorcycle. And ride we did, logging about 200 miles today. We left the cabin in search of breakfast heading first to a place recommended on the Brevard Visitors Bureau website only to find it closed. We went to a second restaurant but they do not serve breakfast and finally ended up at a cute little place, The Sunrise Café, where we had good food and quick service. Then, we headed up 276 through the Pisgah Forest and along the Davidson River to the Blue Ridge Parkway. We passed Looking Glass Falls and Sliding Rock as well as several interpretive centers, but anxious to take advantage of the sunshine, we didn’t stop. We planned to follow a seventy seven mile route labeled the Copperhead Loop which would take us past the Parkway into Waynesville, but the weather was so beautiful up on the Parkway. That road is my absolute favorite place to ride, so we took a detour, first northeast thirty miles up to the Asheville exit and then, turned around and went southwest to the Highest Peak. We passed Skinny Dip Falls, Graveyard Fields and Looking Glass Rock. Again, we were eager to ride so kept on going with only a few drive throughs of overlooks just slowing long enough for photographs. We added 120 miles to our travels, but it went fast with great scenery and very little traffic. Most of the other vehicles were motorcycles, too. We stopped at the Pisgah Inn for something to drink and a restroom break and admired all the other cool motorcycles parked there including some older renovated bikes called Bobbers. From the Highest Peak of the Parkway, we backtracked to our original road and headed into Waynesville, North Carolina. We took another detour from the loop to visit a motorcycle dealer that Glen had heard about who specializes in antique motorcycles. He was closed so we will have to visit again on another trip. We ended up in downtown Waynesville and walked around on Main Street looking into some shops and buying a few things in Mast General Store. The Main Street was full of cute stores and restaurants. The sculptures along the street were also interesting. There were two twenty foot high musicians made of scrap metal. We ate an early supper in Waynesville at a steak place called Bogarts before heading out of town on 215 along the Pigeon River back up over the Parkway to 64 and returning to Brevard. It was another nice drive despite the wet roads. We obviously were lucky enough to have missed a big rainstorm. All the scenery was beautiful with winding, twisty roads covered in pines with overlooks that gave us views of the rivers. After four days of watching it rain interspersed with some hiking and playing in the creek between storms, even coming close to a case of cabin fever, the wait was worth it. We had a great ride!