Saturday started as another picture-perfect North Carolina mountain day with 36 PCA members and 21 cars gathered at the Ingles on NC-9 in Black Mountain.
A 37.5 twisty mountain ride descending 1400 feet into Old Fort was planned traveling south along NC-9 and then turning easterly on to Old Fort/Bat Cave Road. The azaleas and dogwoods were just past full bloom and the trees were showing their spectrum of new-growth greens. With some meandering in the Old Fort valley on Silver Welch and Parker Padgett Roads, it was a quick jaunt on I-40 back up the mountain to eat lunch at Fresh - Black Mountain’s own wood-fired oven pizza eatery. There, three more P-cars with 5 passengers joined the rest of the group for salads, pizza and pasta. With the lunch bill paid, a few intrepid drivers ventured back down NC-9 following the morning route, turning west on Chestnut Hill/Old Fort Rd traveling towards Fairview to tackle just a few more twisties before heading on to the rest of the day’s activities.