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 re-position 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 (Lunch+Dinner), 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.