Road to the Ride-In(tm) Day 4
Day 4 – We only had around 230 miles to ride today so we decided to sleep in. I didn’t sleep that well because of all the Ride-In™ To-Do items that were spinning around in my head so when the alarm went off at 6:30 it wasn’t a surprise as I had been staring at the clock for hours. I turned it off, rolled back over and I must have fell back asleep because I woke up drooling into my pillow. Maybe I was a little more tired than I thought.
We were up and packed, ate the free breakfast and were on the road at 9:05. It was going to be an easy day as we were utilizing the super slab with only a few twisties left on Highway 20. 20 was beautiful. The road was narrow with trees providing the most wonderful and cool canopy overhead. I saw several deer, 3 being a doe with 2 twin fawns. Thankfully they were not close to the road where I would have had to swerve to avoid them.
Jumped on the slab south of Clarksburg and flew like the wind into Maryland. This has to be one of the best super speedy beautiful slabs I have ever been on. It rolled through the mountains and though we had to deal with the smell of big truck brakes, the scenery was amazing. I will be more than willing to do that SS again anytime.
The last 30 miles were slow on a narrow 2 lane with a few twisties and but we were blessed with a surprise ride through the Catoctin National (?) Park. BEAUTIFUL with tall trees creating a dense forest and ferns and huge boulders and it was breathtaking. As it isn’t that far from the hotel, I may go back over there to look it over and to take a break mid-week.
I have been quite taken with the incredible landscape of our great country. West Virginia was more than I could have imagined and I loved looking at all the farm houses and barns that were built in the craziest nooks and crannies of the highest points in the mountainous regions or the lowest cracks in the valleys. You could see the history of the owners as they took the original small dwelling and added on and on and on to accommodate growing families and the barns with their interesting patterns, designs and doors that we don’t have in Missouri and fences around trees in the fields (huh?) and aluminum or steels roofs with these little hooks near the end that I can only assume keep the snow from just falling off on someone’s head. I could do those roads over and over again.
We pulled into the host hotel around 2:30 or so and the first face I saw was Joanne from Chattanooga, TN and then MJ from Florida. What a wonderful greeting. Not soon after I see Stacy and Edith from Texas and Sue and Pam and Barb and Jane and Annette and Marilyn and…you get the picture. It is going to be great to be able to stay in the same place for 5 nights and not have to pack and repack and reload but it is even better to get to see all of my friends that I only get to see once a year. Let the Ride-In™ begin…wait a minute. First we have to have a busy day tomorrow getting set up and then…Let the Ride-In™ begin on Tuesday!