Work can wait: The open road cannot

A winding road, a good motorcycle and a great day.
A winding road, a good motorcycle and a great day.

Overslept — something I seldom do — on Sunday morning.

A long week covering meetings, sporting events and music ended when I fell into bed shortly after midnight on Saturday and slept well past my normal waking hour of 0500 Sunday.

Woke up with several projects on the burner, including editing of video from two cameras used at the Gordon Lightfoot Tribute Show at the Floyd Country Store Saturday night, a bunch of needed work around the house and a lawn that needs attention.

But Sunday downed warmer than we’ve seen in the mornings of most days so far this April, the sky was a brilliant blue with a bright sun and the forecast called for temperatures in the 70s.

So I fired up my Harley Switchback with a full tank of gas and headed out on the open road.  No planned itinerary.   Just hit the road and followed it in o particular direction.

South on U.S. 221 to Hillsville, then North on U.S. 52, a winding trip over to Fort Chiswell, then Southwest on U.S. 11 to Wytheville.

Virginia 21 took me down past Speedwell, then a left right after cruising through part of Mt. Rogers National Forest and left for a twisty romp over to Highway 94 and left to Fries.  Stopped for a while to watch bikers and others along the New River Trail at the river, then headed on a short hop over to Galax, then South on various small and twisty roads that took me past the Blue Ridge Parkway and into North Carolina before turning back towards Virginia and, finally, homeward.

The trip odometer passed 186 miles when the reserve gas light flicked on and I stopped for a tank of premium in Floyd.

Picked up some chicken and dumplings Amy wanted for dinner and cruised home the long way — Franklin Pike over to Shooting Creek Road, then North on the Parkway to Christiansburg Pike over to Poor Farm Road and Sandy Flats Road.

Total mileage for the day:  A little over 200.

Still have those projects waiting at home.

But the forecast for Monday is even nicer.

Will I be responsible or play around some more?

What do you think?

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