Great days for road trips on a motorcycle

Amy's Can-Am -- a good bike for our kind of roads.
Our Can-Am — a good bike for our kind of roads.

Monday completed three days of shameless motorcycling around Southwestern Virginia.

On each day, forecasted rain either never appeared and waited until late in the day and that gave me a chance to put some miles on our Can-Am, the three-wheeled Canadian built from a company known for producing jet-skis and ATV’s.

Saturday brought errands and trips about Floyd County.  Good weather and fantastic road time.

Sunday started with breakfast at Blue Ridge, then south on U.S. 221 to Hillsville, then Southwest on U.S. 52 to Fort Chiswell and Rte. 11 to Wytheville and coffee with Jay Angle at Black Bear Harley-Davidson.

Back on 11, rode further South on 11 to a hot dog stand for lunch, then north on I-81 back to Wytheville, then North on I-77 to Bland, then east on Rte. 42 through Bland County, into Giles to hit Rte. 100 and south to Dublin.

Just outside of Dublin, stopped at Cloyd’s Wayside, which recognized the Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain, where the Union Army of West Virginia, led by Gen. George Crook faced the Confederate Brigades of Gen. Albert Jenkins, who was trying to protect the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad line on May 9, 1864.

The rebels lost more than 500 soldiers and the last line connecting Tennessee and Virginia.  However, Crook’s larger force of Union troops suffered 688 casualties in a costly win.

In Dublin, took Rte. 11 to Radford, then Peppers Ferry Road to Christiansburg, picked up tacos for dinner with Amy and headed home on Pilot Mountain Road, Christiansburg Pike and Bethlehem Church Roads.

Monday was running around the country again on errands, arriving home with an upcoming storm on my heels around 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday looks like rain most of the day and then another March snowfall Wednesday forecast to drop 3-6 inches on our county with an outside chance 10-12 inches.

The snow arrives with Spring.  This has been that kind of winter.

Current storm warning form The National Weather Service Office in Blacksburg:

…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 8 AM EDT THURSDAY… * WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches, with localized amounts of 10 to 12 inches possible across the higher elevations of southeast West Virginia near the Virginia line and especially across the Greenbrier Valley. * WHERE…Portions of southwest and west central Virginia, northwest North Carolina, and southeast West Virginia, principally along and west of the Blue Ridge from Lexington Virginia, to Roanoke Virginia, to Hillsville Virginia, to Boone, North Carolina. * WHEN…From midnight tonight to 8 AM EDT Thursday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on very difficult travel conditions. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times during periods of heavier precipitation. Heavy wet snow combined with gusty winds Wednesday Night and Thursday morning may result in downed trees and power lines in some areas. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

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