What’s that? She hadn’t posted any Voyages since New York City in 2017, and now we have two in the span of 2 months? Has she quite lost her mind?
Well, joke’s on you, dear reader. I never found my mind to begin with!
I will admit that this is a bit of a cheat because technically the Biltmore Estate trip and the Blue Ridge Parkway trip were one and the same. Said trip also happened back at the end of September, so I’m going to need you to hold your judgment on how long it has taken for me to write this up.
As with part one of this adventure, I want to take a quick moment to acknowledge that I am currently writing this from my home built on Catawba and Sugaree land. The parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway that I travelled stretched through Yuchi, Cherokee, and Moneton lands. I urge you to please continue to use Native Land to research the places where you live, work, vacation, and visit.
Now, even though I live in North Carolina and the BRP isn’t very far from my home, I rented a car for this excursion because as much as I love and adore Linus, my car is not really up for long trips that require traveling at speeds higher than 60mph anymore. At least, not without a substantial tune-up beforehand and strict confinement to the right lane while on highways, which I absolutely will not do. Living relatively close to the airport makes it easy for me to pick up rental cars whenever I’m in the mood to take a little voyage, and wow oh wow did I luck out on the selection this time around.
That’s right, reader. My rental for this trip was none other than… a Jeep! The (Un)Official Adventure Car of Tales of Cass! If you’ve been around here for a while then you know that I cannot resist trying out a Jeep whenever they’re available to me. Patriot. Compass. Cherokee. Grand Cherokee. I think a Renegade at some point, too? But this time we got the top of the pops, the crème de la crème, the adventure car to end all adventure cars. You guessed it. We got the Wrangler. I’m not sponsored by Jeep (hard laugh, I’m not sponsored by anyone), I just really like how they make me feel like I can go anywhere and do anything at any given time. Go right ahead and lie to my face and tell me those X Ambassadors commercials didn’t get to you too.
My time spent on the Blue Ridge Parkway was split up into a few different days, with a wide range of weather across them. We’ll pick up exactly where we left off with part one, which is to say with me ripping the windows off the Jeep in the Antler Hill Village parking lot and driving away from the Biltmore Estate in search of the nearest on-ramp.
Time was well spent on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and a whole host of new adventure ideas were added to the books. Here’s hoping you don’t have to wait too long for my next Voyage, dear reader.