Since the weather prediction for Murphy, NC is for rain tomorrow followed by some cold temperatures, we thought we better get one more motorcycle ride in, since today (Tuesday) looks very nice. So we decided to take a short ride (a little over a hundred miles) just to the south into Georgia and the Chattahoochee National Forest. Our son, Kevin, recently attended a wedding in Dahlonega, GA, about 60 miles from our location, and said it was very scenic, so off we went to check it out. After a ride of about 25 miles we went through the town of Blairsville, GA. Just south of town the road started to go up and become very winding, just perfect for a motorcycle. At the top of the mountain we came upon Mountain Crossings Outfitters, a neat hiker’s store situated in a building built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930’s. The building sees many, many hikers as the Appalachian Trail actually runs through the building! So, since we checked out all that was available in the store, we can now say that we walked part of the Appalachian Trail! (hiking isn’t as difficult as we thought!)
We continued down the mountain and drove about 20 miles through the forest to the town of Dahlonega, GA and discovered a gem of a town. Dahlonega has a population of about 4,000 people and is the home to North Georgia College and State University, a school of about 3,000 students and one of six schools in the U.S. designated a “Senior Military College” because of their ROTC program. The town has a neat little downtown area with many little shops that we plan to visit on a return trip next week. But as we cruised through the town looking for a little refreshment, what did we find next to the college but . . .
. . . a Starbucks next to the campus book store! After a brief rest with a cold refreshment, we began our return trip using a different route through the Chattahoochee National Forest. The ride was typical of the many rides we have taken through this three state area: steep rises in elevation, many turns and switchbacks, and beautiful views of fall foliage.
Just before we returned to the motorhome we came upon a sight that warmed the hearts of two retired educators. After a wonderful day of enjoying the beautiful sights of the Chattahoochee National Forest we come upon . . .
. . . a bus returning the youth of America from another long day of school. Did we feel a bit nostalgic for the chance to educate America’s youth?
Heck no! We’d much rather be riding a Harley-Davidson through the forest on a beautiful Autumn day! ! !