We had every thing packed and ready except for loading the bikes. We'd been watching the weather and in the last few minutes before departure decided to leave our bikes at home. It was a choice that hurt, but was the best. I don't think we'd have taken them from the trailer. It not only rained but rained extremely hard the entire time we were there. They had flash flooding all through the area and the visibility in the mountains was often less than 100 yards.
Even without the bikes we had a great time and still plan to get back up to the mountains later this summer. Because we had packed for riding bikes we had plenty of rain gear with us and thought maybe we could rent a couple bikes if the weather gave us a break. We had made contact with Action Cycle Sports http://actioncyclesports.com in Boone, NC. Turned out the weather did not give us a break, but we'd still recommend the good folks at Action if you need to rent while staying in the area. They had a number of bike choices and we had planned to ride a BMW 650GS and a Suzuki V-Strom 650, two bikes with great reputations.
We spend our nights at the Big Lynn Lodge http://www.biglynnlodge.com in Little Switzerland, NC. The lodge is located on NC 226A, a well known bike and sports car road that is known as the Diamondback. Lots of twisties and steep grades, similar to the Tail of the Dragon in Tennessee, but without all the traffic. The view from the Big Lynn was spectacular during those short glimpses we had during breaks in the clouds. Our room was a cabin that was clean as a whistle and finished in knotty pine.
|View from our porch at the Big Lynn Lodge|
One really nice part of being in the mountains when there is so much rain is the waterfalls run full.
|The rivers and waterfalls ran full|
|A creek along a foot path|
|Foot path to a rushing stream|
Above is one of the many footpaths we walked. Because there had been good rain, most foot paths led to streams and waterfalls that might not exist during drier days. I have to say we were fortunate to be here during this period of heavy rainfall.
|The view from the roads is beautiful, this is biker country|
During times of good visibility the views were spectacular. We noticed that we could be in heavy rain and fog that reduced visibility to a few yards, then round a bend that put us on the other side of the ridge and into clear weather for a few minutes. These little gifts really added to an already fantastic trip.
|Sunshine! What a surprise to round a bend to see this.|