Yesterday was Penny’s birthday, so we decided to send a day or two riding. We left my house last night around six-ish, and took the back roads to Sperryville and a late dinner at Thornton River Grill. We’ve had brunch there before, since it is at the base of the "high crash area" run up Rt. 211 from Sperryville to Thornton Gap and on to Luray, and dinner did not disappoint. From there we made the run up 211 to the Thornton Gap entrance to Skyline Drive through the twilight, then Skyline Drive from the entrance to Skyland in the dark. We saw four deer, all apparently alone. We checked in, got some drinks, and sat on the balcony watching the lights of Luray, Va. below us for awhile before turning in.
This morning we got up reasonably early, had breakfast in the dining room, then walked around. My camera was in my saddlebag the whole time, so I have no photos at all. Penny took a few, mostly of chipmunks, for whom she seems to have a strange fascination.
After that we loaded up and headed out on the long way home. We stopped off at Outlanders Motorcycle dealer in Luray to look around and met an adorable lab named “Ruger”. From there we went north into fort valley, essentially doing part of our last day trip in reverse. This time, we broke out of the valley to the west to get to Sal’s Italian Bistro. I heard of this place years ago from another rider, but this was the first time we’ve been there. Wow. I plan to go back.
After that it was a couple hours of back roads to get home again. Though it took us most of the day, we only went 140 miles. Back roads (and some of these were *really* back) will do that to you. I have a couple photos up on Flickr, with more to come once Penny uploads her photos.
Note that Penny owns a very nice BMW F650CS. Unfortunately, it has a broken clutch cable and was not available for this trip. I keep talking about selling my F650GS, and keep finding uses for it.