This past Tuesday I had a great ride from Tellico Plains TN to Maggie Valley NC, in excellent weather; temperatures were in the 70s on the gaps and by the streams, while it was closer to 100 in the valleys. Mother Nature and the USDA have done great work. RT and I were on the Cherohala Skyway practically alone in the morning, and likewise on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the evening. I had lunch at Deal's Gap under their famous shade tree with lots of fellow boomers on their shiny putt-putts. The famous section is full of riders and is well-patrolled by the local constables. I encountered no blind driveways or poky RVs on it but preferred the Cherohala (pictured), Foothills and Blue Ridge roads for solo touring.
On Wednesday, I had an oil change at Touring Sport in Spartanburg, SC, where everyone was very accommodating and helpful. Then I toured the BMW Zentrum museum, with a nice selection of motorcycles on display.