This ride was inspired, in part, by a piece in the October 2011 issue of RoadRUNNER magazine entitled "Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee - Double Trouble Times Three" by Chris Myers and Florian Neuhauser, wherein they ply some of our favorite Appalachian highways and byways via a pair of sporty Can-Am Spyders. I didn't have the time budget they did, but still managed to replicate a portion of their tour today.
The opening photos were taken at sunrise, headed southbound on the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Virginia/North Carolina border. Late in the day I got chased out of the mountains at Laurel Springs, North Carolina by an immense thunderstorm, and reluctantly did much of the homestretch on Interstate 77 northbound. The last photo of the day is up on the Parkway again, nearly home, looking back at the weather I just (mostly) eluded.
We hope you enjoy.