Brrrrr...my alarm clock is ringing. Half asleep I blink at my watch. What! seven o'clock already? Right, we planned a motorcycle trip - Christa, my wife, Gerald, our friend, and me. This tour will be a little trip in the surrounding area of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. A few minutes later I hear the noisy growl of Gerald's Ducati Monster. 'Hopefully we'll have no complaints from our neighbors,' I say to Gerald, but he laughs, starts his bike, pulls his helmet on and rolls from the driveway.
We fall in behind, Christa on her apple-green Triumph Speed Triple and I on my Triumph Tiger. On the I-40 Business Route, we pass through Winston-Salem and then take Route 52 north towards Mount Airy. I think this interstate is pretty boring, but Gerald promises to show us beautiful back roads. Where are these famous roads? Oops...a right turn in King awakes me rudely from my thoughts, and I have trouble making the curve.
King is a nice old village where you can feel the southeast spirit. I love spots like King and I'm glad that Gerald stops for a moment so I can soak up all the impressions. This old brick building against the deep blue sky looks really gorgeous. A couple of little stores line the Main Street and people are beginning to open their shops. Christa would like to look inside, but Gerald lets us know we have a long trip ahead. So we follow him. He is our tour guide, after all, so we follow him. No questions asked!