All right. I confess. I took a three-day weekend (Saturday through Monday) and did nothing. I goofed off. I spent three glorious days riding my motorcycle through some of the most beautiful areas of Virginia and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Yeah, I had things to do: Projects backed up at the studio, an ever-lengthening list of "honey-do" projects at home but the weather was just too beautiful to ignore and I bought a new bike (a 2009 Harley Super Glide) in February and it was time to put it on the road.

The sun was rising Saturday as I headed north on U.S. 221 towards Roanoke to meet up with friends for coffee and donuts at the Harley Owners Group "HOG Hall" at Roanoke Valley Harley-Davidson. Afterward, I headed out U.S. 311 through Catawba to New Castle and then turned northeast on Virginia 615 along Craig Creek through the Jefferson National Forest.

At U.S. 220, I turned north to Clifton Forge, then East on I-64 for a short hop to U.S. 11 and then north to Staunton.  Then south on 11 through Lexington, by Natural Bridge and then stopped in Buchanan for coffee. On to Roanoke then west on 11 to Christiansburg and then sough on Virginia 8 to Floyd. Total mileage: 312.

On Sunday morning, back on the Super Glide to Roanoke for breakfast with friends at The Roanoker. Then four of us rode out to Smith Mountain Lake to visit other friends who are opening a restaurant on the lake in April. Then back on Virginia 122 to U.S. 460 to the Blue Ridge Parkway, heading south to Mill Mountain and then down into Roanoke.

After lunch at Hooters (yeah, I know. Nobody goes there for the food), I split off and headed on some back roads that ended up at U.S. 460 west of Blacksburg. Rode back into Christiansburg and then on to Floyd. Total miles: 222.

After all that riding, the bike was closing in on 1,000 miles and the first warranty service so on Monday I headed south on U.S. 221 to Hillsville and then west on U.S. 52. Stopped to see Ron and Anne Dees, friends from our Washington days who recently moved to Wythe County, and then headed to Wytheville to let the Harley-Davidson Shop there perform the 1,000 mile service.

Took old U.S. 11 back through Pulaski, Dublin and Radford before moseying over to Rte. 8 for the ride back to Floyd.

When I left the house on Saturday morning, the bike had 481 miles on it. When I pulled into the garage Monday night, the odometer read 1126.

Man, that was fun. Now it’s back to work. Floyd County Supervisors today and state basketball tournament in Richmond this weekend.