Twenty Appalachian Region members enjoy the mountain roads of western North Carolina on a beautiful spring day.
It's Saturday morning, April 2, and 20 Appalachian members meet at the Artisan Cafe & Coffee House in Enka for the first drive and dine of 2016. The early arrivals had time for a cup of coffee and to exchange brags about their driving skills.
Soon it was time to assemble in the sunny parking lot for the pre-drive briefing by organizer Carl van Schummer.
Then we began the whole point of the day – 100 miles of curving back roads throgh the mountain of western North Carolina on a beautiful spring day. The traffic was very light, and many turns were tight enough for an excuse to use second gear.
Halfway through the tour, we stopped at the Trust General Store and Cafe near Hot Springs to take a break, to collect our stragglers, and take a picture of all those who hadn't become lost.
We then we continued through the hills to Waynesville for a relaxing lunch at Pasquale's and more socializing. If you missed this, you made a mistake; resolve not to do it again. Fortunately, the driving season has just started and you'll have another chance soon.
Trust had plenty of room for ding-free parking and an unexpected bonus – pumps with ethanol-free fuel.