Our last scheduled tour for 2012, NCT motored out of Durham for our classic Fall Foliage Tour. Interstate travel faded quickly to beautiful black ribbon as we made to the lush Yadkin Valley. A quick stop our favorite winery, Laurel Gray for evening “supplies” and then we were on our way to sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway. A small taste of color greeted us as we meandered to the town of Blowing Rock. A nice, swanky lunch to set the vacation in order and then it was back on the parkway.
Higher elevations were obtained and we were greeted with stunning color and fantastic weather. We could not have asked for a better day, with temperatures just reaching 70. Prior to our last stop on Day 1, riders were greeted with two options. Journey on to Little Switzerland, or a playful loop in the twisties. All joined us on the ride down 226, only to come flying back up 226-A, known as the Diamondback. Since this was a Friday, we did not encounter a single other rider or car on a run up the Diamondback, which made it all the more enjoyable. A quick break in Little Switzerland and then it was down the Devil’s Whip (Hwy 80) as we continued to Old Fort, NC. Total mileage for Day 1 was 270 miles.
Day 2 had us hitting the highway for the first hour as we traveled to a small mountain town in Western North Carolina. A quick set of twisties back to the Blue Ridge Parkway so that we could encounter some of the higher elevations and more peak color. Fall was definitely upon us and the temperatures hovered around 65. As we often do, waterfalls were included and we were able to see two new ones surrounded by the fall colors. Absolutely wonderful! We continued down the Parkway to the Folk Art Center and then it was back down to Old Fort to enjoy their annual Octoberfest. Total miles today were 194.
Day 3 started with a “bang” or at least a thunder. A huge rain storm and cold front blew in around 5:00am, but the precipitation was over when we swung our legs back on the bikes. We then cruised a nice pass and the motored through Bat Cave and Lake Lure. Then small towns galore as we meandered our way back to Durham. Today, we traveled 269 miles. The entire trip included 733 miles of pavement and up close / personal contact with 2 waterfalls, elevations over 6000 feet and wonderful fall colors!
This was the last official tour for 2012, but don’t be discouraged. There are still plenty of opportunities to have us develop a trip for you before the end of the year. Remember, our prices are kept affordable, even on private tours! Hope to see you on the road!