We spent the weekend with my Blue Knights Chapter on an overnight trip to the Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge in Stecoah, NC. We had 8 motorcycles and on car make the trip for a total of 13 people. For us it was a 359 mile trip this weekend.
We left Canton, Ga on a cool Saturday morning and headed for the Iron Horse. Along the way while going through Andrews, NC we saw the clouds and fog “spilling” into the valley and between the mountains. We made it to our lunch stop at the River’s End Restaurant at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. After lunch it was a short ride to Iron Horse where we spent the afternoon on the deck for some of our rooms just sitting around and swapping stories. There may have been a few adult beverages consumed too. Donna made some seasoned oyster crackers that seemed to be a real hit. If you eat dinner at the Iron Horse on Saturday night you have only 2 choices; prime rib or salmon. After that dinner it was time to sit around the communal campfire with other guests where there was a lively discussion about what the right around the moon meant. The Saturday night temperature was forecast to drop to 47 degrees in the valley there in Stecoah along with the chance of drizzle or a rain shower. I woke in the middle of the night and checked and it hadn’t rained but the temperature was 43 degrees. On Sunday we enjoyed the “Biker’s Breakfast” before packing up to head home in the cool mountain air. Just as we were getting ready to leave, it started raining. The rain was something that wasn’t forecast. We waited for the rain to quit or let up before leaving but it became apparent that it wasn’t going to happen. It started to rain again just as we left. We spent the first half our trip home riding in 45 degree temperatures and rain. It made for a chilly ride. Let’s say too that the heated seats and the heated grips got a good workout too. You wouldn’t believe what a difference a warm butt and warm hands make in that kind of weather. The riding jackets and pants with rainguard liners really were worth their weight in gold too.
We came home on different route than usual too as we knew the Cherohala Skyway would be in rain and quite cold. Once in Andrew’s, NC we worked out way to “old” US Highway 64 and Young Harris, Ga. It it wasn’t raining, it would’ve been a much better ride.
In spite of the cold and wet ride home, we had a great ride and a great weekend with friends!