Sunday, April 20, 2008

Mount Airy Ride

Saturday Slick, Jordan and I decided to take off for a nice ride to Mount Airy NC. Anyone that are not familiar with the town may not know that it was the fictional town of Mayberry on the Andy Griffin Show. Actually Andy Griffin was raised there as a kid. It is a really nice small town with a lot of Andy Griffin and Mayberry appeal. We were not going to actually stop there because Slick and I had been there before. We were heading that way to ride on some really nice country roads off of business 52. Mostly we rode through the country roads on 89.

The day was kind of cloudy and a little cool in the morning. We meet Jordan at his home in High Point and headed up interstate 40 and then highway 52. On the way to Mount Airy we stopped off at a overlook to get a couple of photos of Pilot Mountain. It is part of the fictional town that Andy Griffin mentions in the show. However, he referred to it as Mount Pilot. Pretty cool, huh?


After snapping a few pics, we headed up to Mount Airy and then hit 89 to ride the country roads. If you have not been up that way you might want to know 89 has some really nice roads with a few small towns but also some sections of the roads are pretty curvy. Slick wasn't too crazy about some sections of the roads and there was some major puckering up going on behind me. However, Jordan and I loved each curve.

We did have on little scare. As we were cruising through one of the small towns, Jordan felt he needed gas. He was riding behind us. He said he was trying to let us know he needed gas by hitting his horn. Now if you have ever heard Jordan's horn you would realize it sounds like one of those bell horns on some little girl's bike. It is kind of sad actually. For a guy that rides a mean sounding bike, his horn really has to go.

Anyway, Jordan felt he needed gas, so he turns off without Slick and I realizing he stopped. Slick and I continued to cruise down the road and then I looked back and thought, 'Where's Jordan". Of course we panicked and turned around to find him. We were not sure if he ran off the road or hit one of the many racing bikers cruising through town. As we headed back to find him, there he was at a gas station waiting on us. He said he needed gas. It turned out that he didn't need gas. His tank holds over 5 gallons and he filled it up before we left. It took a little over $7.00 to fill up his tank. That means he had about 3 gallons left. I think he was okay, don't you?

After filling up Jordan's empty tank (NOT!), we headed to highway 220 south and back to the house. The rain was coming and we barely made it before we got wet. It as a great day to ride. It was warm, cloudy but not too bad. We look forward to riding again soon. Our next big trip as a family is to WV and the Blue Ridge Parkway on Memorial Day weekend.

My next trip is with my old buddy Craig on 25 April to go to Colleen VA to order my trailer. That will be cool. Besides, we will need it for the Wind Ding in SC.

Until next time and enjoy the ride!

Pappy

1 comment:

Roxanne said...

Good for people to know.