I just got back from an overall GREAT trip that went from central Illinois to Athens, GA. Some absolutely beautiful views. We went 2 lane from Nashville, TN all the way to Athens, GA. Went through 2 national forest (US HWY 19/64) and it was just spectacular.
Little background. This trip was me and my best friend. Riding on a 5 day trip to Athens on our Harley's. In my other thread I wrote how I had applied for a PA out of state permit (I'm from Illinois ). Well the permit didn't come in time before we left for the trip so I didn't bring my baby (glock 27). The other guy I rode down with is also a big gun guy but didn't have his permit yet either.
Ok all that aside here's my scenario....... Well we got lost a few times when traveling through the southwest tip of NC (US HWY 19/ US HWY 64) it was night time, we had been on the bikes all day and we're ready to just be there. Well it was about 10:00PM and we hadn't seen a car for about 30 minutes. Well we weren't for sure if we were on the right road so we pulled off on a nice paved side road.
There wasn't any lights around except for what appeared to be a camp site about a half a mile or so from where we stopped. It was pitch black and we were definitely in big foot country. So my buddy started looking at the map with his flashlight and I just stood off to the side keeping watch. We had our bikes off with no flashers (didn't want to draw attention to us). Next thing I know a Ford F250 diesel comes out of the woodwork and starts driving towards us. The windows were all tinted couldn't see anything. The truck slows down real slow and just rolls past us. Then goes up a hill and pulls into a drive way and backs up and blocks the whole road (our bikes were pointed in the truck's direction). Then we start to hear the dueling banjos.... jk..... So I look at my buddy and say packup let's go. The road was too narrow for us to turn around.
So we start the Harley's up...then the truck starts to back up some.... we gun it as fast as we can and barely get by the truck.... I can't say for sure what was going on within the truck or what could have happened but I wasn't waiting around to find out. After the incident my buddy and I talked about it and realized if it was going to be a defensive scenario or even if something like a blown tire or something like that would happen we would be stuck sitting there or walking somewhere. We had no cell phone reception and when weren’t familiar with the area.
My take away from the story....prepare…..prepare……prepare.....carry....c arry.....carry. I know I didn't have my PA permit yet but I vowed to never travel without my gun again.