Monday, September 22, 2008

Quite Sunday Morning Ride

Yesterday Slick and I took another route on my NC Scenic Byways list. This one was back near Seagrove NC (Pottery Highway). Below is the route:

Slick and I headed out around 9:30 am. It was a little nippy but not too bad. The temp was around 60. We headed down highway 220 south until we got to the Seagrove exit. As we headed into Seagrove we noticed that the road right through the center of town was closed off due to a blue grass festival that was being held that weekend. Actually, I was told by my old buddy Craig that I might want to take a different route because of the festival. So as we entered Seagrove we took a detour back toward highway 220 to regroup and figure out where we wanted to ride next. Of course, both of us did not plan on riding down to Seagrove and just turn around and go home. So what we did was head back to highway 220 and continue south until we got to where we would have ended our route and complete the route in reverse. So we continued on highway 220 until we got off on the exit taking us to route 211.

When we finally got on the route we found route 705 north and headed toward Seagrove. The first part of the route was kind of depressing. We saw a lot of old houses, old trailer parks and we could tell we were on a poor part of route; as we got about 5 miles into the route the scenery because less depressing. There were a lot of old buildings, farm land and places to buy pottery everywhere. By the way, if you are interested in pottery, Seagrove is holding their annual pottery festival in November. Of course, Slick and I will probably go. That is what old people do, right?

Once we got to Seagrove we took a detour around the area of town where the blue grass festival was being held. We hit highway 220 and headed back home. By that time, the weather was near 70. All-in-all the trip took right at 3 hrs and it was a pretty nice little ride for a quite Sunday morning.

Next weekend is the big trip. Jordan, Kevin (my brother-in-law) and I head to the Wheels Through Time museum in Maggie Valley. We are also tackling the Tail of the Dragon and riding the Cherohala Highway in TN. We are all looking to that.

Until next and remember life starts at the end of the off ramp.


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