Day 3- We left around 930 again this morning. The plan today is to ride the Parkway. The lodge is right beside of it so it was easy to get on to. We had just left the lodge and had gone around the first turn when Russ hits the brakes. I look up not knowing what was happening and see a large, 300 pound black bear running across the road only 20 yards in front of us. I grab a hold of Russ and say, "Oh my Lord!" I wasn't sure what we were going to do if he turned toward us. Russ was thinking the same so he blows the horn several times to make noise and the bear continues on his course running over the hill. It was so awesome and so scary at the same time. Amazing! We continue to the parkway and ride south toward our destination of Mt. Mitchell. It was a beautiful, cold morning. We rode up to the State park to the top and parked the bike for a while. We stretched out legs and ate our nabs on top of the mountain. The views were magnificent.