Floyd graphics designer Elaine Martinez snapped this shot the other day as I prepared to head home after a long day.  The ’08 Harley 1200 Low Sportster is my primary form of transportation these days. At 50 miles per gallon on the open road, it is a lot more economical. And a lot more fun.

As previously reported, Amy’s request for a bike for her birthday rekindled my love affair with motorcycles. I’ve put several hundred miles on the bike since buying it in June and ride every day I can. A recent crisis within our family has sapped a lot of mine and Amy’s time and any time I can steal away to ride provides a much-needed sense of calm.  On this day, I opted not to take the most direct route home (straight out 221) but headed South on Rte. 8 and then northeast on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Bent Mountain and then back on U.S. 221.  So much for saving money on gas.

See you on the road.