Just returned from a secret ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway (which I refer to as the lazy person's Appalachian Trail). I am fortunate enough to live and work within 5 miles of the parkway but hardly ever get a chance to go for a ride. In fact, I bought the ET4 in August (1st scooter) and have not ridden the Parkway yet for a number of reasons, including too many damn tourists in the warmer months.
I took my baby to work today since they were predicting a high of 64. Well, it was 28 when I left home and I seriously doubt it got above the mid-50's. I got a wild hair after lunch and decided it was time to give the BRP a try.
It was well worth the effort. I work in Waynesville, NC so I started my trip by going through Maggie Valley, a small tacky tourist town. When I picked up the parkway it was closed in the direction I intended to go (probably because of ice at the highest elevations) so I ended up going south to Cherokee, NC (home of the eastern band of the Cherokee Indians). The entire time I was on the parkway I saw only 3 other cars, went through 5 tunnels and felt like I had the world to myself! The view is so beautiful when the leaves are off the trees! I got to practice a lot of cornering and go whatever speed I liked so as to enjoy the scenery.
Next, I went through the town on Cherokee, another tacky tourist town. Then I picked up highway 19 and 15 miles later I was back in my office. Total miles =50. Total time, 1.5 hrs. Did the boss even know? Hell no, and even if he did he would probably only be mad because I didn't invite him.
My only regret was not having others ride along with me! If any of you are ever my way let me know and we'll ride!