Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Spring 2018 Trip: Day 63 - Beginning of the Blue Ridge

Taking a drive today on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We've been to the other end of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. Now we're in Virginia seeing the other entrance.

The Parkway is a path of twisting two-lane highway through lovely forest scenery.

Driving 34 miles in took a bit of time because the turns wouldn't allow you to go that fast. On the lefthand side was the Old Logging Railroad, or the Yankee Horse Ridge.

The ridge features a long defunct set of railroad tracks recreated from their first usage to transport lumber to the mill on a 50-mile stretch.

First we walked on the path of the railroad tracks into the woods. The path follows the Blue Ridge Parkway.

We came to a place where a tree branch fell across the path and decided to turn around there.

Some of the train ties without the rails.

Back at the tracks, you can walk up and see a waterfall over some of the stones higher up.

After leaving the Yankee Horse Ridge, we drove back up the Parkway in the direction we came. There was an interesting sign, Steeles Tavern, and we turned off the Parkway to check it out. What happened next was five miles of downhill, twisting and turning roads eventually leading through small towns. Luckily we ended up on the main street again so we didn't have to retrace our steps on that crazy road.

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