TALLADEGA SCENIC HIGHWAY ON MT. CHEAHA ~ ALABAMA ~ photo taken by Dianna Stover
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Monday, July 9, 2012

PIC OF THE WEEK - BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS

I have lots of pics to sort through after our week long adventure, and I'm going to start the week with a couple of my favorite shots.

THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS
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Riding in mountains like these are a riders dream!  One minute you're climbing and reaching until you feel like you're on top of the world, the next you know, you're cruising and coasting down, down, down, into Mother Nature's beautiful bosom. All the while, trying to keep your eyes on the road! There is so much to enjoy!

Looking out over the horizon, I kept thinking how blue everything looked. Ya think that's why they call them... the Blue Ridge Mountains?

Have a great week everybody!

Lady R

18 comments:

mq01 said...

omg! gorgeous! bravo lady(ironbutt)R!

SonjaM said...

Magnificent! I'd love to ride there one day.

Webster World said...

I miss those rides.

Trobairitz said...

So pretty - now we know why they are the Blue Ridge Mountains.

B.B. said...

Beautiful pictures, and I'm just imagining the smells and sounds.

RichardM said...

I, too, have always wondered why they were called the Blue Ridge Mountains. Is the haze there all the time?

Lady R (Di) said...

Mq01,

I never, ever thought I would be glad to get off a motorcycle, but that eighth morning, when I woke up in my own bed... I was very happy to realize I didn't have to ride anywhere.

Don't worry... that lasted two days. I'm ready again!! Woo Hoo!

Glad to be back,
Lady(ironbutt)R ;D

Lady R (Di) said...

SonjaM,

They aren't as majestic as the western mountains, but you don't need special equipment to get to the tops of these (like hiking boots and climbers gear!)... and the forests that cover them are simply gorgeous!

You would love the ride you get while playing in these giant hills.

Lady R

Lady R (Di) said...

Webster,

I know. I didn't think I was ever going to do what I just did... ever again. But hey, life changes constantly.

At least you're of the many who did ride, and you can relish in all the great memories you made.

That's what carries me through.

When I look back on my life, I don't want to hear my self say... I wish I had done this... or that. I want to say... I'm glad I did that... it was fun!!

Lady R

Lady R (Di) said...

Trobairitz,

Yeah, that was kind of a light bulb illumination experience during that moment. I've been to the Smokey Mountains before, but this was my first time at seeing the Blue Ridge Mountains. They look very much the same while riding through them.

I liked the layering effect... kind of like egg cartons. Don't ask my why I think of egg cartons, but I do. lol!

Lady R

Lady R (Di) said...

B.B.,

Very fresh and earthy. No smog, no sirens, just fresh air and green trees!

Oh... and water. Loved how the streams would follow along the road sometimes, playing peek a boo with us.

Very much like the Smokey's.

Lady R

Lady R (Di) said...

Jim P,

Yes, the haze doesn't seem as bad as the picture indicates, but it's like the clouds just hoover around the tops all the time. Even when the sun shines brightly, they seem smokey.

Lady R

WooleyBugger said...

Great pictures. Yes the foggy blue look is why they are called the blue ridge. Tt has something to do with the pine trees and what they release into the air. Millions of Christmas trees are grown in those mountains too.

John Evans said...

Beautiful images . . . the views remind me of a Japanese water color.

Arizona Harley Dude said...

Beautiful! I wish when I was out riding I would remember to stop and snap a few memories.

Lady R (Di) said...

Wooley,

Thanks for telling me about the pine trees. I knew there was a reason!

And yes... I did see lots and lots of Christmas trees! :)

Lady R

Lady R (Di) said...

John,

Some of the most beautiful "snapshot" glances were the ones you saw while you rode along.

Thanks for the compliment. It's hard to take a bad picture with such amazing content.

Lady R

Lady R (Di) said...

AZD,

Sometimes, it's hard not to say... "Heck with this, I'm just riding!" But then, I know I'll want to share with someone how awesome a place is... well, what can I say.

Don't worry dude... as long as you still have your mind, you still have your memories! Enjoy!

Lady R