The thermometer rose to near record-highs Friday throughout the area Friday, topping 80 in Roanoke, hitting 79 in Blackburg and hardly seeming like November in Southwestern Virginia.
In my case it meant abandoning working on any of a long list of projects and, instead, climbing on the Harley and heading out to cruise the roads and enjoy the day.
Retired professor Nick Piazza and I headed down Virginia Route 8 to Woolwine, out Route 49 towards Ferrum but turned right on Iron Bridge Road to hit the turns before it dead-ended into U.S. 57 west of Basset.
Nick wanted to look at possible bike trailers so we took U.S. 220 North out of Stanleytown to just past Rocky Mount to visit Pro-Line Trailers. Amy and I have a nice unit from Pro-Line that holds both our bikes and also have an air-conditioner and others amenities for camping if needed.
Then back to Rocky Mount to pick up Highway 40 again. Big mistake. A mob of school buses clogs the streets of the town when school dismisses and, combined with construction work on 220 Business, we creep-ed and crawled until reaching the turn onto 40 and relief as we headed West. Turned on Six Mile Post Road for a leisurely run over to Ferrum Mountain Road to a short hop over to Five Mountain Road and a nice collection of twists and turns before crossing the Blue Ridge Parkway onto Franklin Pike.
He turned off to head home on Shooting Creek Road and I wondered into town where the streets were crowded with folks enjoying a warmer-than-normal day,
Rain Saturday and then the thermometer drops and temperatures fall to the ranges we expect for November.
But Friday was a day to enjoy.