Blue Ridge Parkway Progressive Drive

Saturday, the British Car Club got together for a fun drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  We call it a Progressive Drive, and it is an idea I came up with a few years ago to mix up participants during a drive.  When everyone is in two-seater cars, it is hard to get a lot of conversation going, so we stop along the parkway, and the passengers change cars.  It gets different people together for 15 minutes or so at a time, so they can to get to know each other in a one-on-one conversation.  This time we met up on Brevard road in a shady parking lot.

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

We had 17 cars participating, a great turnout!

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

Enjoying beautiful views along the parkway, our first stop was at Tanbark Ridge overlook, elevation 3175 ft.

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

Our car is the blue one.  DH couldn’t make it so I got to drive and enjoy the company of new people and old friends in the club.

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

I asked my passenger to take some pictures with my camera as we went.

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

Thanks, Toni, you did a great job!

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

We stopped at Craggy Gardens, elevation 5500 ft, enjoying a rare perfectly clear day.  Many times this area is fogged in.  It certainly was windy, and the temperature was in the low 60s, pure heaven for a heat-hater like me.

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

There is a beautiful view of the Asheville reservoir, near Black Mountain.

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

We didn’t have time to do any hiking, but I did get a shot of the interesting stone wall behind the visitor center.  DH and I will go another time to hike up to the peak.

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

Along the way, we got to go through a couple of tunnels, honking the horn is required, LOL!!

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Last stop, more cars and mountains.

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

We went to lunch after that, and headed home. Boy was it hot going back down into the French Broad River Valley! I am so ready for autumn!  How was your weekend?

7 thoughts on “Blue Ridge Parkway Progressive Drive

  1. manasotavacation

    Wonderful pics! I NEVER think to take a drive to 5500 ft to cool off!……will make a note on my to do list for these hot summer days!

  2. Rosemaryflower

    :::waving hands:::: I am a heat hater tooooo!!!
    So nice. Such a beautiful area to drive around. Yes, it was HOT last week. I did indeed hate it.
    I enjoyed these photos. Cool cars too.
    I took my mom to the podiatrist, then I took my dad to the dentist, then I took my dad to the podiatrist, and one day I went to Hobby Lobby with my daughter and her adorably cute and wonderful baby Sarah, only 2 months old 😀
    It was a busy week and every night I crashed into bed.

  3. Lesley Gilbert

    Great cars and beautiful views of your journey. I love the metallic blue of your car – very classy looking 🙂 A question – are all the cars originally from the UK? I can see they are left hand drive, maybe made for export?

  4. Jean

    Absolutely gorgeous pictures. I love your ‘travels’ – you live in such a beautiful area. You always write as if we could be with you there. Oh, have I mentioned I HATE HOT WEATHER! When it finally hit here, it has poured it on! I try to stay in as much as possible – I said the other morning (of course my dog and cats understood, lolo), I’ll be so glad to be able to open up the house again. Thanks for sharing all your fun days. ;o)

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