An almost perfect day of riding today.
A lateish start after another french toast breakfast, as I assumed I wouldn't be eating again for a while. It turns out I was right, by 12pm I still had a 150 miles to go on The Blue Ridge Parkway.
The weather was a bit of every thing: mostly sunny, but cool all day, but with a brief two minutes of visibility due to fog down to 20ft!! Also ran across a couple of minutes of hail the size of green peas!! BTW hail hurts!! I don't know how guys rider cruisers long distances with an open face helmet, certainly in this weather at this time of year, and I passed a few.... I was huddled in my full face helmet with most of the vents closed trying to keep warm the last few days...
I had hoped to run the whole second half of the BRP on one tank of gas, with what I thought was 10 miles left to go I dropped down to zero bars out of 10 on my gas gauge. So sadly departing the BRP I headed into a small town to fill up, still not down to reserve.
I have now run a few tanks of gas at highway miles, and have averaged 425 kms before needing to fill up!! I have been putting on average 6.25 gallons or just under 24 litres into my 30 litre tank. So theoretically I should have quite a bit to spare. It works out to about 5.65 l/100km or about 42mpg!!!
It turns out the BRP is not 450 miles but nearly 470, so good thing I jumped off when I did. It was a very anticlimactic end to the ride as it just ended at a junction. No sign no nothing... Very disappointing after spending two days riding through it. I was pretty happy with the accomplishment considering how close I was to throwing in the towel yesterday.
The view from 6000ft near the end:
I also didn't realize how close to Tail of the Dragon it ends. I am in a hotel about 10 minutes from motorcycle mecca. Tomorrow I will check it off my bucket list.