This scenic byway ride originated near RubiTrux in Boone, North Carolina. Heading west on King Street, 15 Jeeps rolled through downtown Boone and continued on Highway 421 North to Vilas. We traveled from Vilas on Highway 194 through Valle Crucis to Matney and into Banner Elk; then onto 184 to Tynecastle, at the intersection of Highway 105. After a brief stop for services at the Grandfather Center, we proceeded on Highway 105 South to Linville and left on to Highway 221 toward Grandfather Mountain. A couple miles up the mountain, we stopped for a picnic celebration of friendship and Jeep talk in a field across from McRae Meadows, just north of the Grandfather Mountain Entrance. There was ample space for parking and trails into the woods. The kids and dogs enjoyed running around the open space to shed some pent up energy. Although the skies opened up with a tumultuous downpour just after lunch, we continued our journey across Highway 22l (the Old Parkway) into Blowing Rock. We anticipated a 3.3 mile detour off Highway 221 via New Hopewell Church Road, but Highway 221 had reopened, so we avoided the off-the-beaten path portion of this tour because of the heavy rain. We terminated the ride at a rest area just inside Moses Cone State Park inside the Blowing Rock city limits. However, if you're looking for a little off-road adventure (and it's not pouring cats and dogs from the sky) go ahead and take the detour. It adds a nice off-road feel, with 3 one-lane bridges through the forest on gravel, and it's perfectly fine for a stock vehicle. Note, though, there are few cars (maybe 0) and absolutely no services out there, if you need assistance. If you'd like to become a member of the RubiTrux Friends and Family Group, like the RubiTrux Facebook page and ask for an invitation to the group.