Saturday, October 17, 2015

Tobacco Road Rail Trail & Blue Ridge Parkway

Sunday everyone but Aaron enjoyed the beautiful weather on the Tobacco Road Rail Trail which extends 22 miles in the Apex/Cary/Raleigh/Durham area.  We rode about five miles up and back. For being located mostly in a urban area, it feels remote, rugged and will be beautiful as the fall colors progress.  One of these times, I would like the ride the entire length of the trail. 

The rail road line was originally built to transport tobacco primarily for J.B. Duke who founded the American Tobacco Company in 1890.  In the 1970s the Corps of Engineers constructed Jordan Lake (where we stay) which required the moving of the tracks.  Then only 10 years later, the then Norfolk Southern rail way was bought out and the right of way became available for use as a rail trail. 

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The crazy thing about our ride is that I didn’t take any pictures. Not sure how that happened, possibly because there weren’t good places to stop with all the people on the trail on a warm Sunday afternoon.  The two pictures above are taken from Google pictures.   

The nearly two weeks flew by.  It was a good visit because we had time to do a little geocaching, walking to the library and just hanging out. We visited Kim’s new work site located in a health complex in Raleigh.  It didn’t seem that far from their home and she is happy with her situation there.

We didn’t leave Cary until almost noon on Saturday and still was able to spend the night at the Pisgah National Forest Campground on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

We accessed the Parkway in Ashville and drove a south loop.  We were fortunate in that we were approaching peak color, especially in the campground area, which set at around 6,000 feet. 

This will be the second time we encountered cold temperatures on the way home.  I put my thermometer outside before we went to bed—it registered 26 degrees the next morning!  The sun came out and warmed things up quickly, so no water mishap in the camper. There was a Magnolia Tree near us in the campground.  I took a picture of it the night before.  The next morning it was frosty and drooping.

On the way out of the Parkway area and onto the interstate, we went through a little town where the residents didn’t get the word about the Confederate flag.  That picture, along with the campground and some of the color along the parkway are in the slideshow. Click here or on the picture below.  You know to click the “slideshow” in the upper right hand corner for the best way to look at the pictures.

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