The forecast for my second day was a little chilly to start followed by about as perfect as you could ask for: sunny and around 70.
It was a brisk but pleasant ride out of Maggie Valley.
My camera did not do justice to the bright red bushes in the median.
My first stop was the gas station on 276 near I-40 where I met up with Fancyindigo and Laura0107.
Laura was riding a DR650, Carmen a KTM with Sumo wheels and I was on my KLR650.
We started off on some nice scenic and twisty paved roads: Cove Creek - White Oak - Fines Creek.
I took this shot over my shoulder while riding and lucked out, they usually don't come out.
Then it was on to Shelton Laurel Rd which soon becomes dirt.
The scenery and colors of the leaves were spectacular, unfortunately, my skills as a photographer come up short in capturing it. Besides, I was having too much fun riding to stop and take a pic of every great view
We hopped on I-40 and got off on Hurricane Creek. We had no intention of riding through but Laura had never been there so we figured we would go up until it got rough and then turn around.
This is a short ways up.
Our plan was to go up to the point where it started getting rough. We almost made it to that point when
Laura decided to forge her own trail:
No damage or injuries but we decided to turn around at this point.
Carmen, who has recently "drank the Orange Kool Aid" on the way out.
And Laura at the same spot.
And just to document where we were.