Photo taken earlier this year along the Blue Ridge Parkway

After too many days of lingering winter-like weather, Sunday dawned sunny and warmer. After church, I climbed aboard my Harley Super Glide and headed out for the a rare day of riding and rediscovering what makes this area so special.

After a quick stop at the Floyd Country Store for a bowl of chili and listening to the Sunday afternoon jam, I headed out on the open road, enjoying the day.  Having lost a lot of weight during my battle with back problem, I found my leather riding chaps no longer fit so I headed down to Roanoke to pick up a new pair at the motorcycle accessories shop at Happys on Williamson Road.

Over the last four months, my waistline has dropped from 52 to 38 inches.  The procedures performed on my back last December and therapy have put a spring back in my step and the final arrival of Springlike weather improved my mood, which has been down in the dumps lately from family and other personal issues.

But Sunday was a day to enjoy the weather, the open road and the uniqueness of this area we call home. The sun was sat as I headed home via the Blue Ridge Parkway.

This was a good as it gets.