We got up around 5:00 am on the morning of Monday August 22. We showered and got dressed. We went down for breakfast shortly after 6:00 am. Breakfast was a little different in that, instead of scrambled eggs and bacon, a hot egg in a bagel was offered. I wish I had passed on the egg in a bagel and got a waffle instead. I especially had this thought, as I watched several people open the warming dish and close it, without taking out an egg in a bagel. I added orange juice and tropical fruit in a cup and tea to my breakfast choices.
We checked out of Best Western at 7:25 am, en route Maggie Valley NC. We followed Interstate until Buchanan VA, at which time we decided to “avoid highways”. Even though it is slower avoiding highways, the drive is more relaxing and scenic. As we drove through Buchanan, we recognized the swinging bridge over the James River. We walked across the swinging bridge in April 2014.
Our “avoid highways” travel took us through Independence VA, where we stopped briefly at Powerhouse Falls.
Powerhouse Falls is the site of early power houses servicing the Town of Independence.
We stopped for lunch at Wendy’s Restaurant in West Jefferson NC.
We decided to return to interstate travel north of Asheville NC to save 30 minutes from our “avoid highways” route. We were getting tired of being in the car. We were ready to be in Maggie Valley!
We arrived at A Holiday Motel around 4:30 pm. Rob checked us in and gave us Room 11. “Skid” and Sandy are in the room next to us, Room 12. The room on our opposite side is a storage room. Arriving before us were “Skid” (Jim) and Sandy, “MT” (Tim), Brandon and Garrett. The Texas gals (Debbie, Vickie and Kay) arrived soon after our arrival.
We ate dinner at Cafe Italiano Restaurant and Pizzeria, which was a short walk from A Holiday Motel. We were a group of eight — “Skid” (Jim) and Sandy, “MT” (Tim), the Texas gals (Debbie, Vickie and Kay) and Bob and me. I ordered spaghetti and meatballs; Bob ordered cheese ravioli with a meatball. Bob finished his meal; I didn’t. I took back to A Holiday Motel what I didn’t eat. Both meals were delicious.
When we returned to the hotel, we kicked back and socialized.
This is why we are in Maggie Valley. We have made lots of friends, who are like family, via the Vulcan Riders Owners Club (VROC). We enjoy seeing our friends whenever we can. We are gathering for the Southeast VROC motorcycle rally. More friends will arrive tomorrow and through the week.