The Perfect Recipe

The photos and stories from my trip to Atlanta are not quite ready for prime time posting, but the photos from an incredible day on the motorcycle are.  It was the perfect recipe for a day ride: great weather, good roads, and wonderful friends.


This past Sunday I rode a little over 200 miles through the back roads of Virginia and North Carolina with three of my favs.


We also spent some time on the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) which offers wide sweeping curves and great views.  The BRP which is America’s longest linear park, runs for 469 miles (755 km) through 29 Virginia and North Carolina counties, mostly along the Blue Ridge, a major mountain chain that is part of the Appalachian Mountains.




The BRP celebrated it’s 75th Anniversary in 2010 and while I do not know for sure, I believe these stone walls have been around since the parkway was constructed.


 You may remember that I celebrated my 50th birthday that same year with a solo ride on the BRP, the first of several solo rides.

 5 Days / 3 States / 925 Miles.

You can see photos from that incredible trip here and here.

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Despite the various stops along the way, which offer the chance to bring out the camera, it is the riding that makes the day so great.  The bike and I rolled smoothly over the miles, and we flowed through the curves with ease.  I was completely content.


Seriously, wouldn’t you be?

38 thoughts on “The Perfect Recipe

  1. I love that first photo, I can almost feel that breeze in my hair ;o) You had an excellent ride and the photos show it. We drove the BRP and walked parts of it too. Underneath and along the BRP is a system of hikes and it beautiful and strange at the same time! Glad you had such a good time! Johanna

  2. I traveled the BRP with the ex several years ago, in Virginia and NC. It was so gorgeous! I was glad, though, to be sitting on the back of the bike so that I could truly enjoy the view. Thanks for the photos and the memories, Laurie!

    • You make such a good point, Mary. My first year of riding found me on the back of the bike and I absolutely loved it! It’s a great way to view the country

    • Joe, you always manage to pick out the one that I wasn’t sure of and make me feel better about including it 🙂 Thank you!

    • Yes, I was just telling Mary that I rode as a passenger during my year of riding, and I loved being able to fully absorb the view. Wonderful!

  3. It’s so beautiful there – you can’t really take a bad photo can you? I love these two sentences: ‘The bike and I rolled smoothly over the miles, and we flowed through the curves with ease. I was completely content.’ Way to go Laurie!! xo

  4. There is something wonderfully therapeutic about those solo trips, isn’t there? Just taking in the beauty & getting lost in your own thoughts❤️

    • Your are so right, Lynn. I absolutely love traveling with friends and family, but the solo trips are wonderful, too. It’s incredibly freeing to do whatever you like, where you like, and on your own time.
      I wonder how your trip planning is going?

  5. This looks like the best. Good friends, being outdoors, all that beauty (those grasses!) and those fun bikes, which look like they’re having a break in that picture….

  6. Content is a wonderful place to reside. Good for you, Laurie, for taking the time to do the things you love. Thanks for capturing the beautiful vistas and for sharing them with us. What a glorious place.

    • The BRP is a jewel in the National Park System, and I’m fortunate to live so close to it.
      The weekend was a treasure, a wonderful mix of getting alot of work done, but also being able to hike and bike with friends.
      Have you been able to find the time to hike since your foot has healed?

      • I love weekends like that, with satisfying work and wonderful play. I am back to hiking! It’s more challenging now, since the temps are in the high 80’s and 90’s, nearing 100 this week. I wilt. But my foot is hanging in there and let me do the things I love. I’ve hiked the Almaden Valley trail a few times without incident, and I’m walking in the evenings (flat surfaces) with Mike.

  7. I’ve always wanted to make this drive along the Blue Ridge–and, after seeing your photos, I am even more eager. You do such a good job of knowing yourself and what makes you happy, and pursuing it!

    • If you ever get a chance to drive the BRP, be sure to let me know. I’d love to meet! There are lots of fun little places along the way to stop and explore, and of course, great hiking and lovely views.

  8. I’m so glad life has calmed enough to give you these opportunities Laurie! All your photo’s are inspiring. It’s like you’re seeing to the end of the world up there. I actually really adore the mini daisy or perhaps it’s just a road side weed? At any rate, charming. Keep calm and zoom on my friend xoxo

Because Boomdee dared me: Lay a little sugar on me :-)

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