Carolina Challenge

Continuing with my Carolina Challenge ride story, I’m now on the leg between Tilley’s HD in Statesville and Thunder Road HD in Danville, Va. Still enough time to reach Thunder Road before closing time if the interstate gods are happy. (1 hr 54 min – 118 miles) Well, apparently they weren’t pleased as I encountered a 6-mile section of construction on I40 in stop and go traffic. So, I decided to chill and just enjoy the ride for the rest of the way.

With construction gone and the open road, I’m traveling in the flow of the traffic towards Greensboro, NC. If you’ve ever been on I40 going east towards Greensboro, you know that Winston-Salem and the ‘burbs’ of Greensboro present the most significant challenge. People are lane diving to get off on that exit they could have planned for miles ago but choose to threaten others’ lives as they are racing across 4 lanes of traffic to catch that exit. There was a moment of nostalgia as I rode past the Greensboro Coliseum. Memories of concerts I had attended there. Some of note were, ELO, Stevie Nicks (solo tour) Elton John, Robin Trower, Hall and Oats, and Willie Nelson. Great time with old friends! So, having survived to get into Greensboro, I’m now traveling up hwy 29 north towards Danville, Va.

A much calmer and enjoyable ride, I’m enjoying the hardwoods and sparse traffic and the anticipation of getting to my hometown. I plan to find a cheap hotel and spend the night then hit up Thunder Road HD then head towards Tobacco Road HD in Raleigh. After arriving in Danville, I did find a place that I could stay for $50, but riding around in the parking lot, it brought back memories of Bates Motel, and I decided that maybe paying extra money to stay at the Holiday Inn Express would be a better option. Feeling good about my decision, I’m hungry for a Mexican food meal. So, BJ and I head towards El Vallarta. In my opinion, this is the BEST Mexican restaurant in Danville! My belly full, I head back to my room for a good night’s sleep.

Carolina Challenge 2The next morning I’m enjoying a free breakfast consisting of biscuits and gravy, eggs, bacon, sausage, orange juice, and coffee. Man, well worth the price of a good nights sleep. Antsy to get on the road to Thunder Road, A short 8-minute ride from my location, I head out to Thunder Road HD only to find I’m early. So, I make a short live FB video and sit down in one of the chairs under the porch waiting for them to open. Finally, open, I get my stamp while having an enjoyable conversation with the lady about my trip. Mission accomplished,

BJ and I head out to Tobacco Road HD in Raleigh, NC. More about that in the next Carolina Cycles Eblast!

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