Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Gift of a Morning

"What happiness there is
when I awake to find near me
gift of a Morning!
~ Abbie Graham

Dawn and a Harley. Who could ask for more?

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Evening Ride

"Western North Carolina history and culture cannot be separated from its forests."
~ Lynda McDaniel
With Daylight Savings time in effect, we took a sixty-mile evening ride, leaving at 6 pm, odometer 4581, (great surprise!) going through the newly-opened-for-spring section of the parkway to the Cradle of Forestry (O-4608). We had the road and view to ourselves.

The Cradle of Forestry is the National Historic site is where Gifford Pinchot and Carl Schenck developed the sound management program to preserve the area forest. Their legacy lives on.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Hot Springs

French Broad River, Hot Springs, North Carolina
The French Broad was first settled by the Cherokee Nation and visited in 1540 by Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto. The river was named because it flowed west toward the Mississippi Valley, land claimed by French explorers.

Leicester HWY 63

View from Leicester HWY 63
We had a lovely drive through Leicester (HWY 63) heading north to Pisgah National Forest and on to Hot Springs (209), in the heart of Madison County. We had lunch at a cute little dinner. I loved my cheese fries!

We drove back along the scenic French Broad River, through Marshall and Woodfin Park to home. A total of 106 miles. Not bad.