Rule of motorcycle riding: Never backtrack, if possible. If you take one route to a location, find another way back. Too boring to just go back the way you came.
Had to head over to Black Bear Harley-Davidson in Wytheville Wednesday morning for the 20,000 mile service on my Switchback. Actually, it was the 21,643 mile service. Too many missed prior appointments because of schedule conflicts.
Headed out on U.S. 221 South towards Hillsville. The plan was to hang right on U.S. 52 over to Fort Chiswell and then U.S. 11 to Wytheville.
Traffic delays on 221, however, left too little time to use 52 to make the 9 a.m. appointment so I drove through Hillsville to Interstate 77 West to I-81 and arrived at Black Bear at 8:58 a.m.
Got the bike back in the early afternoon. Time to make the decision: Which way home? Headed West on U.S. 11, then left on State Route 74 through Rural Retreat and some good winding roads over to Speedwell. A right on Virginia 21 over to Independence, then North on U.S. 221 to Galax, then right on Virginia 89 to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
At U.S. 52, a right took us down Fancy Gap Mountain to North Carolina to Mt. Airy, then East on State Route 108 before a turn onto Arrarat Road to the intersection with Squirrel Spur Road and up the twisties to Meadows of Dan and back on the Parkway for a leisurely ride past Mabry Mill, Rocky Know, Tuggles Gap and north to Franklin Pike. A few more miles to turn on Poor Farm Road, then a left on Sandy Flats Road and on to home.
Got back a little after 5 p.m.
Good ride, good roads, good weather and a good time. The Fourth of July weekend is almost upon us.
Let the good times roll.