Otto has recently retired as a full Colonel, and he was in town and staying at Lee S's place near Orlean, VA. The previous blog posting talks about this gathering and the main objective it held, a flyover by over 50 World War Two aircraft to conmemorate VE Day.
Otto, Scarlett and I rode out pretty early and some 40 miles later were motoring onto Skyline Drive. The first stop showed promising views though we'd seen fog up higher.
At the first stop as one enters the park from US211. Skyline Drive itself
stretches for many miles to the south. We would just ride a short portion
north towards Front Royal, VA.
Shortly after that first stop, the fog and clouds pretty much shut us down in
terms of being able to shoot the views of the valley below. No real safe spots
along the side of the road for "in the fog" pictures either.
So, since we were socked in with fog, we just rode past the remaining overlook sites hoping to see them later after lunch at Front Royal. It was quite "brisk" while riding in the clouds/fog for both Otto and myself! We were both glad we'd both the liners for our respective jackets.
At one point in the drive north though, there finally came a spot where we'd outrun the clouds/fog and could get a nice view of the valley below.
Otto and I decided to relax here a bit, warm up and have a cigar as I positioned my camera to do a time-lapse of the clouds as they rolled over the valley below.
Otto and Scarlett
Front Royal proved to be a neat little town. We had lunch at The Mill Restaurant and I am happy to report the food and service were great.
Riding back on Skyline Drive back towards US211, we took some shots from the overlook sites we'd bypassed before but the bugs were out now and the scenery, though quite nice, wasn't exactly conducive anymore to more picture taking shall we say.
We could see rain clouds inbound as we rode south.
We made it back to the town of Orlean with no rain hitting us, that evening was spent enjoying Lee's marvelous production of Lobster Fra Diavolo. He had cooked as it was Mother's Day while Lynn took it easy, in the company of her son and daughter who came to visit.