Because none of you guys wanted to go riding with me today, I thought I would share some pics from my "Lonely Ride".
With promises of 70 degs and sunny from my local weatherman I had decided that today was going to be the perfect weather day for riding. Pulling out it's pretty foggy and a little cooler than the promised forecast. That's OK as it has plenty of time to clear out.
First stop: Time to fill up the bike with only the best!
It's kind of misty' but I press onward. That's the way I roll. I head west leaving Greenville County and head for Pickens County. I spot a cool old house in the tiny town of Dacusville and decide that it would be a good pic to share the historic nature of the area. It also give me a chance to put on some warmer gloves.
From Dacusville I head north towards Pumpkin town. A very small area in northern Pickens County named because some guy traveled through the area and noted large fields with pumpkins growing in them. Imagine that!
Next stop, "The Store" located at Hwy. 178 and SC Scenic Hwy. 11 "Cherokee Foothills Pkwy". Great place to take a leak and get a bite before "heading up the mountain". There are always bikes here and they serve a mean burger.
I decide to head up on Hwy 130 towards Whitewater Falls. I pull into the Bad Creek power station and take a look over Lake Jocassee. Duke Power has a hydro station here where they pump water up from the lake into a holding reservoir through a mile long tube cut out of solid granite. When they need power they release the water back down into the tube where it turns turbines and exits into Lake Jocassee. Seems like it would take a lot of power just to pump the water up the tube?
Did I mention that I still have not seen the sun. On well, I'm layered up and the heated grips are on. I cross into NC and travel west on Hwy. 64 towards Cashiers. A fine mist begins to fall and that's when I pass a fellow Strom rider! That's right I found you riding with your "buddies". I'll remember that when you want to go for a ride with someone.
I've got to calm my sensitive nerves. It's time to pee and get a bite to eat.
Don't let the lovely sign fool you. This is seriously good stuff here. I eat here every time I ride through Cashiers, NC. It may look basic but it's pure heaven to taste.
Full belly and empty bladder and it's time to go. Great, now its raining and cloudy. I decide to exit the high country and head back down to the cloudy but dry Upstate of SC. After a couple more hours of exploring back roads, I decide to call it quits for the day. 6 hours after starting I'm home and ready for a beer. What a great Sunday!!! I still haven't seen the sun today.