North Carolina-NC 209-September 1

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-September 1

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

This is a big holiday weekend and I know many people look to jump on their motorcycles to explore different parts of North Carolina. My son-in-law is a NC State Trooper and has a Harley-Davidson so today’s post at a minimum might be of interest to him.

Photo below is of my son-in-law and his dad on bike ride trip to Sturgis, SD.

full throttle

I learned by reading other blogs interesting things about North Carolina. Last night I read about “The Rattler”. That title refers to a North Carolina Highway with the number 209.


I have driven that road one time in the summer of 2015 on my way to see my oldest son who was working at the time in Greeneville, TN. I can vouch for NC 209 title.

NC 209 has a little bit of everything a motorcycle rider is looking for – pastoral valley views, challenging mountain climbs, twisty and tight technical sections, and a great little mountain town to visit – Hot Springs, NC.  Hot Springs is located in Madison County which I featured back in July.

Photo below is of Hot Springs, NC.


A popular weekend ride from Asheville, Maggie Valley, and Waynesville,  NC 209 can be a lazy roll through the scenic countryside or a place to test the edge of your tires. It’s up to you if you own a motorcycle.


I learned the name from fellow WordPress blogger Bob and his site 2 Wheel Travelers. Thanks Bob and happy 2 wheeling.

Here is the blog post talking about “The Rattler”.





One comment

  1. How did I miss Hot Springs? I think I drove most of 209…darn

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