I had a very rough night, did not get much sleep even thou I went to bed at 9 PM. It was impossible to sleep on my right side do to massive shoulder pain. My shoulder ached all over & made clankey, broken bone noises when I moved it. Since I hadn’t yet got an X-Ray, I worried I might be doing more damage. So every time I reposition myself, I’d lay awake in pain for half an hour.
In the morning, somehow we managed to get packed up & checked out of the hotel before 11AM. We stopped by the motorcycle rental place and settled up. He provided us with 2 estimates, one Insurance type replacing all the damaged, scratched up parts with brand new, and another more fair depreciated estimate; if he was to clean it up and replace some items with used parts when possible. In the end it cost me and extra $900, so I put it on Ann’s Visa – cha-ching.
Now that that was over, we headed South & up to one of the heads for the Appalachian trail (AT). I guess it was that time of the year that this trail is most active in this area. There was a lot of activity, including a mission that was handing out free food, water and supplies to passing AT hikers. We did a little AT hiking ourselves, a little under a .25 miles round trip.
Then we pointed the mVan South and took the longest way back towards home, down Moonshiner 28. If you think the Cherohala Skyway or the Tail-of-the-Dragon were scary twisty roads, you never been on Moonshiner 28. This road made those other 2 look easy. There was a few points where the road’s eroding edge was so close to a thousand foot plus drop off, it made Ann scream at me to keep my eyes on the road and slow down. This road was much more scenic than the other 2 combined. The pavement wasn’t as well maintained, but the scenery and waterfalls were AWESOME!! As we worked our way down we came in to a little town that had a Rock Store on the corner. What a fun time we had there for a few hours.
After the Rock Store, we continued to make are way South on 28. After a little while, we came across what looked like a road side overlook totally packed with people. I dropped off the fam, and waited for someone to pull out so I could park the mVan. Turns out this was a very popular waterfall spot, where the county had erected wooden platforms enabling visitors to walk into the underside of the waterfall, which even had a small cave behind it. How cool was this, we had a great time there. Then it was back on 28 South, after a few more minutes we came across another waterfall; this one went over the road we were on.
Then it was off for some Linner, at the friendliest Mexican restaurant we’ve ever been to. As it turns out they had just opened up a week earlier. No wonder there so happy, they hadn’t got sick and tired of working yet. After we finished our Linners, we continued South into Georgia and a little bit more further South into South Carolina; before turning about North and heading towards home.