Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Fairfield, Virginia, USA
Model: '97 GL1500SE/ '98 Lehman GTL Trike
Once maybe 10-12 years ago, leading a group ride coming home on Blue Ridge Parkway after a weekend spent in western NC. We had detoured off Parkway for lunch in Floyd, and afterwards, we rode 221 north to aim to get back on BRP north of Check, we stopped at wide spot at Check to suit up as clouds darkened. We pushed on, got on BRP to head down Mtns towards Roanoke, the sky opened up.
We had slowed a lot, but still visability was bad. As I passed a overlook on my left, I suggested some pull in to wait it out, they did except one couple behind us, who were too close to me for me to slow to get that overlook, so I led them and we went to next overlook. We had a choice, get under trees or wait it out. We stayed in open. It was raining buckets, then a huge bolt of lightening hit just a few yards away off overlook, air felt funny, we all felt vibrations, then just as I really got worried, rain stopped like a faucet shutoff.
The others soon came down to our overlook, we all rode to overlook on section around Roanoke at Frontier museum, it was hot then. I was so pleased, no one had a spill, all were safe. But we all needed a break and shed our rain suits.
Was one of two really worrying rides on BRP over the years.
Back in the '70s, I worked some at a Kayo station on Rt 29 south of Lynchburg. We had a porch with drink boxes on it. I was standing there with a big truck driver as we were waiting for rain to stop so could fill his truck's tanks. Nearest lanes of 29 were NB lanes, there was a bridge that ended just as the station lot started, and on that bridge rail was a big steel ball ending the rail. As we stood there, big bolt of lightening shot up from that steel ball, ground shook, and I realized the truck driver was no longer standing beside me. Turned, he was on concrete trying to crawl under the drink boxes. He was OK, but a nervous wreck. Rain stopped soon then too.
1997 GL-1500 SE / 1998 Lehman GTL Trike
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