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Old 07-01-2011, 05:39 PM   #181
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That's not true. I just got a ticket a month ago going 57 in a 45 by the least friendly female ranger I've ever had the 'pleasure' of meeting. Anyway, it had to paid within 30 days not 7.

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since it is a federal highway speeding fines must be paid within 7 days.... Ask me how I know.
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Old 07-02-2011, 06:53 PM   #182
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Im glad to see that the weather on your trip of the Parkway was better than mine in late Sept.
I'll take what you rode in any day of the week, throw some light fog and nice chilly or cold weather in and I'm happy, sunshine get's old for me ... really quick.
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Old 07-19-2011, 07:24 AM   #183
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I thought I'd share what an observant friend of mine had to relate regarding riding the BRP, since I know many people are perusing this thread to learn more about riding it prior to embarking.


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Try to stick to 55mph or below (especially around Roanoke). Stopping for a few minutes to get some space between the slow RV and you is worth the fresh air and mind clearing. PS - you will most likely find your best recorded mpg on the BRP...I have on a number of bikes.

Stop often and start riding early.

Bring reliable rain gear.

Plan out your fuel stops and find some of the many valuable online maps (or printed) with the fuel locations.

Stop for a slice of pie at Tuggles Gap

Hit 129 when you get to the southern end if you feel like it, otherwise there are many awesome roads down there worth checking like Hellbender and Moonshiner.
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Old 07-19-2011, 02:09 PM   #184
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That's not true. I just got a ticket a month ago going 57 in a 45 by the least friendly female ranger I've ever had the 'pleasure' of meeting.
I think I may have met the same officer.

I visited the BRP about a month ago. Early on (in Virginia) I checked my mirror and noted I was being tailgated by a white vehicle. I was probably doing around 55mph. I couldn't tell what kind of vehicle it was so I flicked on my right turn signal, pulled to the right side of the lane and waved them by.

Then the blue lights came on.

Youngish female officer (Officer Biatch if I remember correctly) jumped out of her car after I pulled over and started screaming something about how it would have been my fault if she had actually passed me and hit an oncoming vehicle. Told her I was sorry and asked if she wanted to see my license to which she responed "NO!" and got back in her car.
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Old 07-19-2011, 02:52 PM   #185
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Wowser sounds like a real bitch

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I think I may have met the same officer.

I visited the BRP about a month ago. Early on (in Virginia) I checked my mirror and noted I was being tailgated by a white vehicle. I was probably doing around 55mph. I couldn't tell what kind of vehicle it was so I flicked on my right turn signal, pulled to the right side of the lane and waved them by.

Then the blue lights came on.

Youngish female officer (Officer Biatch if I remember correctly) jumped out of her car after I pulled over and started screaming something about how it would have been my fault if she had actually passed me and hit an oncoming vehicle. Told her I was sorry and asked if she wanted to see my license to which she responed "NO!" and got back in her car.
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:23 AM   #186
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As silly as that may have been, the bottom line is I'd rather have 'em bitch me out and let me go than to be sweet as sugar and hand me a fat ticket!

I've been let go for triple digits in a 55
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Old 07-26-2011, 06:46 PM   #187
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enjoyed this taking the wife in sept north to south
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Old 07-26-2011, 06:48 PM   #188
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enjoyed this taking the wife in sept north to south
North to South the best way if you have to choose IMHO.
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Old 07-27-2011, 03:58 AM   #189
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North to South the best way if you have to choose IMHO.
i'm thinking that way if she tired of riding by the end of the trip we'll be closer to home plus if we mess around and don't finish it'll be easy to get to later.
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Old 07-27-2011, 05:05 AM   #190
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The BRP is my all time favorite motorcycle road, there is something so zen-like about the combination of the natural beauty, the continuous curves and the seemingly endless ribbon of twisty asphalt. I have found that it is most enjoyable when the kids are in school as the traffic really lightens up then compared to the summer. On a fast bike, it is very hard to keep the speed down, but on a bike that is fun at slower speeds, it is motorcycling nirvana. Here is a pic from one of my many rides on the BRP.

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Old 07-27-2011, 12:08 PM   #191
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Some absolutely stunning pictures there! I really enjoyed flicking through the thread to see them and also to read some of the comments as well. I hope to ride the BRP someday myself because a good friend of mine who lives in Boone NC put me up for a few days while I was over from Ireland traveling along the East Coast and down South. She drove us up into the mountains and it is was stunningly beautiful...and the road was nice and twisty so my immediate thought was "gotta come back here on a bike someday".
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Old 07-27-2011, 06:11 PM   #192
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That's really cool, fabio222, coming from Ireland to ride our roads!
I would think normally we'd be the ones wanting to ride your country!
Hope you get the chance to come and ride here, enjoy yourself, and ride safe. If you need anything up near the north end just give a shout and I'll see what I can do. Would be honored to ride a piece with ya!
Cheers!
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Old 07-28-2011, 05:05 PM   #193
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I didn't see one radar trap the entire 938 miles I was on the parkway.
Just a note of caution: speed traps do exist from time to time on the BRP, e.g. around Price park and grandfather, and it's a federal offense.

This could be renamed the Blue Ridge Parkway Love thread. Late April is another good time to ride: not too cold, lots of blooms, leaves still off the trees at higher elevation so the views are even more plentiful, very little car traffic, and fun but technically undemanding, sweeeeet. As was posted earlier, a zen experience.
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Old 10-15-2011, 09:03 AM   #194
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I won't be able to make a BRP trip this year due to taking 2 weeks off to ride out west and see a few of the national parks.
Even with over 5000 miles and seeing many states I had never been in before I still will miss my annual parkway pilgrimage.
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:44 AM   #195
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The food at Otter Creek wayside is rotten, around the corner just outside of Big Island there is a diner at the (BP?) gas station, it aint much to look at but the food is great... fried chicken too.

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+1, found it by accident, had breakfast and gassed up there after breaking breaking camp at Otter Creek.
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