VIDEO: Law of Self Defense Road Trip: Riding Blue Ridge Pkwy and Mt. Mitchell

Hey folks,

Some really great news yesterday on the civil rights front–I’ve been personally targeted by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (@CSGV) to be SHUT UP! because they fear my teachings of the law of self-defense.  They tried to pressure Campbell Law School to disinvite me from speaking–Campbell stood strong.

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And now they’re doing the same to get UC Berkeley to disinvite me from the April 22 debate on Stand Your Ground.

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Note that CSGV doesn’t come to engage in the debate and show the world how superior their intellectual arguments are, although I’ve repeatedly invited them to do so. Oh, no, no, no.  Cowards never engage directly.  They just want me to SHUT UP!

I guess they don’t know me at all. 🙂  (Also, @CSGV, thanks for the boost in book and seminar sales, it’s much appreciated.)

Anyway, I certainly hope they keep it up–I couldn’t possibly afford to pay for this kind of advertising:  “Learn the Law of Self Defense From the Lawyer the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Fears to Debate!”  Hahahaha!

Indeed, I’m going to get both those tweets blown up and hung on my office wall, like animal trophies.  🙂

But enough about those intellectual cowards for a moment.  Today’s post is more about my road trip, and motorcycle riding in particular.

So, I find myself in the Hickory NC area to attend a good friend’s wedding.  Having come here straight from Campbell Law School’s talk on Tuesday, and with the bachelor part functions not starting until today, I had yesterday free to do a few hours of fun riding.  And where better to do that than the Blue Ridge Parkway.  I didn’t have much time, only 3 hours or so, so all I could do was put a toe in the water so to speak. I decided to head out to Mt. Mitchell, which is the highest peak of the Adirondacks, at 6,700 feet (indeed, when I rode back down the mountain, my ears “popped”).  I set out from the hotel about 9AM or so:

The weather was very nice in Hickory, but by the time I got out to Mt. Mitchell, and especially once I started ascending, the weather got much worse pretty quickly, including rain and heavy fog. Normally rain and heavy fog don’t bother me too much, but on mountain switchbacks–see featured pic at top for a taste–where a few feet off your intended line can plummet you hundreds of feet downward, it gets a little intimidating. In fact, I never made the summit–about 4 minutes away from the summit the fog got so bad I could barely see a yard in front of the bike. Prudence suggested I turn around–and I did.

But I do have some small video clips I thought I’d share. Here are the “Twin Tunnels” on the Blue Ridge Parkway, first ascending and then descending:

And a few minutes of those switchbacks I mentioned earlier–if you weren’t sure that I really rode like an old man, here’s the proof 🙂 :

That’s about it, really. I had hoped for some nice photos from the top of the mountain, but most of the mountain was shrouded in fog and rain. Anyway, had some nice technical riding, and that was fun.

Today, the bachelor party. Sorry, no “hookers and blow”, but lots of shotguns, shells, and (hopefully) smashed shells. Fifteen or so of us will be shooting, so should be quite a blast (haha, get it?).

More later.

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog, Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook), and elsewhere.

About the Author

Andrew Branca
Andrew F. Branca is a lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 3rd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense website (autographed copies available) and Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), and many other re-sellers. Andrew is currently in his third decade of practicing law, and is an internationally-recognized expert on the law of self-defense of the United States. Andrew is a Guest Lecturer at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, a former Guest Instructor at the Sig Sauer Academy, an NRA Life-Benefactor Member, and an NRA Certified Instructor. He also teaches lawyers how to argue self-defense cases as a certified instructor with the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) system in numerous states around the country. Andrew is also a host on the Outdoor Channel’s TV show “The Best Defense” and contributor to the National Review Online. Andrew has been quoted as a SME (subject-matter expert) on use-of-force law by the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and many other mainstream media, including nationally syndicated broadcast media. Recently, Andrew won the UC Berkeley Law School debate on “Stand-Your-Ground,” and spoke at the NRA Annual Meeting Law Symposium on self-defense law. He is also a founding member of USCCA’s Legal Advisory Board. In addition to being a lawyer, Andrew is also a competitive handgun shooter, an IDPA Charter/Life member (IDPA #13), and a Master-class competitor in multiple IDPA divisions. Andrew just launched the LOSD Instructor Program, designed for gun safety, marksmanship and tactical strategy instructors. Be an elite member of the self defense community, understanding your state's self defense laws to a depth even lawyers rarely achieve. Check it out here.   Andrew also gives live, in-person, ~5 hour-long state-specific Law of Self Defense Seminars all over the country. Click here to find a live seminar covering your state's self-defense laws.   Andrew also produces many 4-5 hour online, on-demand state-specific Law of Self Defense training courses. These online classes are enriched versions of the live, in-person state-specific Law of Self Defense Class Andrew gives all around the country. Click here to find an online course for your state. These online classes are priced at $249/HOUSEHOLD. You can learn more details and view the first section of the training class for free (about 30 minutes worth of self-defense law training) by clicking here.

1 Comment on "VIDEO: Law of Self Defense Road Trip: Riding Blue Ridge Pkwy and Mt. Mitchell"

  1. How do I say this politely , They are either too ignorant to understand the law , or they just choose to ignore the facts. The more they cry racism , they worse they look. Nobody is above the law.

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