Thumper Thaw 2009

This year I attended the Thumper Thaw which was held at the Blue Ridge Motorcycle Campground in Cruso, North Carolina. The Thumper Thaw is an event held by member of F650.com. F650.com is a site for owners of the BMW F650 motorcycle. People from all over the east coast showed up at the Thumper Thaw to spend a few days riding the Blue Ridge Parkway and through the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee.

I left Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with my friend Daneen and Mike. We headed south through Virginia to the town of Buchanan where we had a motel reserved for the night.

Our first stop was Woodstock, Virginia where we ate at Adobe’s Mexican Grill. This is the crew who cooked us lunch.

The crew at Adobe's Mexican Grill

We then took some back roads that ran south along 81 to get to the top of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Here we are at the entrance to the north part of the parkway.

Startof the Blue Ridge Parkway

As we were getting ready to leave we found that Daneen’s motorcycle had a dead battery. She was running all of her heated gear on high which seemed to have drained the battery. We got her going with a push start. It was cold and windy on the parkway. But quite beautiful.

We made it to our hotel and grabbed some dinner at the restaurant at the base of the hill. We had a cute waitress! But no photos of her. In the morning we ate at the same place, then packed our gear. We had a long day ahead of us.

Me Morning Sun

We got lost in Roanoke, Virginia trying to find a side road that headed south between I81 and the Blue Ridge Parkway. We probably should have just taken the parkway. Finally we hit North Carolina and travelled the parkway south until we got to Little Switzerland. There the parkway was closed so we headed off the parkway on the steepest, most twisted road I have ever been on. We descended for miles. Finally at the bottom we pulled over to take a break. The temperature at the lower altitude was 85 degrees! I had to shed some layers as I was now roasting!

We then found I40 and headed towards Asheville, North Carolina followed by Cruso.

We got to the campground and unpacked into our cabins.

Big Bikes at Cruso

The following few days were spent riding through the mountains of this beautiful area and relaxing at the campground.

North Carolina Lake III

Devils Courthouse I

Campground Lake I

View from Blue Ridge Parkway II

Campground Pond

F650.com Gathering

I took a trip over the mountain towards Brevard, North Carolina just to photograph the Looking Glass Falls.

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I had dinner on Saturday night with Ike and a few others at a nearby diner.

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I had the fresh trout which was delicious!

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And had to take my photo with our cute waitress.

The Waitress

The sun sets on the mountains of North Carolina.

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Sunday morning came quick and it was time to pack up and head north.

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We headed north of Asheville and rode through Tennessee and into southern Virginia. It was getting hot so we decided to grab a motel at Natural Bridge, Virginia. I had the worst dinner and service of my life there. But it was nice to get in out of the heat. The following morning we woke up and were on the road before 7am. Virginia is a long state and riding on I81 was quite boring. We were home by noon. It was nice to be home.

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