After more than 250 miles of riding in gorgeous, mostly sunny, weather in Virginia and North Carolina Sunday, the Harley and I ran into a wall of water about five miles South of Floyd shortly before 3:30 p.m. Eastern time.
Saw the clouds to the north while leaving Hillsville after a daytime that included an early morning jaunt down the mountain to breakfast at Golden Corral in Roanoke, a pleasant ride down U.S. 22 past Rocky Mount and Martinsville and a hop over to Winston Salem with several members of the Roanoke Valley Harley Owners Group to a planned stop at Smoky Harley-Davidson’s expansive dealership and restaurant.
Ran into retired state trooper Andrew O’Connor and fellow rider, who came down Virginia Rte. 8 to North Carolina with friends. We talked about bikes and music before I headed west alone over to U.S. 52 and north past Pilot Mountain, Mount Airy and then up the mountain to Fancy Gap and then northwest on U.S. 221 over to Hillsville.
The clouds looked ominous as I passed Canning Factory Road on 221 and the rain hit hard about a half-mile later. Pounding water continued into and through Floyd and to a right turn onto Harvestwood Road but the clouds parted and the sun shone as I headed up my driveway in another two miles and into the dry garage
Rain or not, Sunday provided a second straight day of riding weather and a delightful time to to relax on the open road.
The forecast shows a high in the 50s Tuesday with sun and no forecast of rain. Supervisors to cover that morning and then, perhaps, another ride?
More warm weather Friday with a high of 58, then 65 next Sunday and 60s for most of the following week.
It’s been several warm and shirtsleeve days in February and it continues.
No complaints here.