Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tuggle's Gap, Virginia

The restaurant and motel like to be known as part of the Crooked Road Trail celebrating bluegrass music but their better known location is Milepost 162 of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The restaurant is well known among motorcyclists, not least for something called Tuggles Gap Pie which consists of pastry filled with chocolate custard nuts and syrup.

The menu is basic in a casual atmosphere,

...and riders gather here in summer mostly and on weekends. I came by to eat breakfast on a day I craved oatmeal ($3.50) but it was hot so I chose a granola and yoghurt sundae for five bucks:

Supping it up with a long handled spoon made me feel like a kid again! It put me in mind of a knickerbocker glory which if you don't know what that is Wikipedia is your friend.

On a sunny day it looks pretty enough.

And the motel charges $51 for two with ten bucks extra for a pet which I like. Cheyenne might too.

Virginia funk is the theme.

But it is for sale, which seems ominous.

According to the literature the place opened in 1938 to serve the Parkway which was being built and the need for places to eat and sleep was starting to be felt.

Up the Parkway a couple of miles I came across two slightly unusual touring motorcycles.

I am not going out on a limb and figure put if this actually is a 69S but it looked to be in excellent condition and ready to tour.

The other machine was equally interesting to me, a Yamaha 250 which reminded me of the SR500 I once used to own.

They were I suppose an odd couple but in terms of performance I figure they must be reasonably similar.

What a great way to ride the Parkway.

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Anonymous said...

That Mike is the way motorcycles were meant to be, and yes the bMW is an R69. No offence towards your Triumph.
Seems as if you are havinga great holiday, with your faithful four legged companion.

Conchscooter said...

i like it too!