Sunday, 8 June 2014

Day 35: Little Switzerland NC to Roanoke VA 365km/226miles

A day on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

We plan to drop in on Blowing Rock where our friends, Bob and Shizue, have a summer place. They will arrive in a few days.

We stop for coffee and a crepe at Annie's - The Village Cafe in Blowing Rock which Bob recommended.
It feels as if they are with us.
The cafe gardens are lovely.
The aptly named Smokey Mountains from a ...viewpoint, outlook, lookout. On the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The majority of the traffic on the Blue Ridge Parkway is motorcycles and cars. There are no trucks or RVs.

Traffic travels at 45mph/72kmph. There are double yellow no passing centre lines for most of the Parkway. Cyclists often have a trail of vehicles behind them. The are plenty of pull-outs and drivers tend to pull over and let people through.

The Parkway is immaculately maintained. The berms are mown and the road edge is trimmed.

The long acre is mowed and in some places hay has been made.

 

Tedding the grass...
Bailing the hay.

Mabry water mill.

Orlanda resting under the shade of a spreading oak tree.

Home tonight is Roanoke.

We have dinner at Montana Restuarant with Patricia Champion.

Tricia is a former director of special education. It was great to hear her comments on trends in her specialist field here in the USA.

My driver has a Brazilian meal - Feijoada and kale.

We saw the last segment if the Scripps Spelling Bee on TV last week. Feijoada was one of the words. It is a bean and meat casserole with beans and chile.

The rest of the party had Shrimp Ettoufe and Stuffed flounder.

A delicious meal with lovely company.

Another excellent day on the road.

 

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