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Old 03-27-2013, 04:15 PM   #1
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Tell me your Blueridge Parkway experiences/ suggestions

Several of us are planning on riding the BRP the first week of June. Our first trip on the parkway. Thoughts,suggestions, etc. We are not planning on camping this trip.
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Old 03-27-2013, 04:36 PM   #2
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1) Don't get caught speeding.
2) Have fun.
3) Had done it in a cage years ago, but on my first long bike trip on BRP, I learned what a Harleytrain is and how to pass one....
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:14 PM   #3
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1) Don't get caught speeding.
2) Have fun.
3) Had done it in a cage years ago, but on my first long bike trip on BRP, I learned what a Harleytrain is and how to pass one....



What he said. Bring your patience and use a pull-off to enjoy the view, because "they" won't. Also, it can get pretty cool in places farther south than you'd think. It was downright cold on Mt. MItchell.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:03 PM   #4
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The campground at Mt Pisah is really nice and do eat across the street at the restaurant at the Pisgah Inn.

Remind yourself over and over to stop for a short break anytime you find yourself in a log jam of cars. It's a beautiful place, enjoy your trip!
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:22 PM   #5
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Have a better plan than ride to Cherokee, get on the BRP, and then get off at Fort Royal. I took no paper maps and my gps had no detailed maps. Two road construction detours and 30 degree temps in April was enough to convince me to abort after 120 miles. Had a nice ride up the Trace and two lane roads to the bottom of the BRP, then my planning ran out.

Check BRP site to locate road closures and preroute your detour. When they dump you off, they don't mark the route to get around the closed section. I was a dot on my gps with no roads. Had to follow roads and hoped they went somewhere. I didn't even have the BRP route on my gps so I didn't know where it was once I got off.

You've picked a nicer time to go. Mine should have been ok but it was unseasonably cold - mid to high 30's before I got on the BRP after 2 days of mostly rain getting there.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:58 PM   #6
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Several of us are planning on riding the BRP the first week of June. Our first trip on the parkway. Thoughts,suggestions, etc. We are not planning on camping this trip.
What's the plan anyway? Y'all running the whole thing or just following the general direction? Are side trips allowed? While the BRP is great, and worth the trip in and of itself, there are roads that roughly parallel it in places that are fantastic and don't tend to have long lines of cars/RV's/Cruisers.
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:15 PM   #7
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General plan is to leave Jackson, ride Trace to just south of Nashville, head over to Deals Gap to ride "the Dragon", catch the BRP at Cherokee and ride as far as time will allow. Hopefully complete the BRP. It is definitely a leisurely site seeing type ride so anything is game. Thanks for all the info so far!
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Hwy 221 runs from south of Blowing Rock, NC, where it crosses the the BRP to Blowing Rock. Very fun road. Good food in Blowing Rock at Canyons. I love the fish and chips .

Also Hwy 226A off the BRP at Little Switzerland, NC is like a little Dragon but with fewer idiots.

EDIT: Now that I think about it, 226A has idiots, but fewer cruisers. Some of those first gear hairpins would not be navigable on a cruiser.
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Hwy 221 runs from south of Blowing Rock, NC, where it crosses the the BRP to Blowing Rock. Very fun road. Good food in Blowing Rock at Canyons. I love the fish and chips .

Also Hwy 226A off the BRP at Little Switzerland, NC is like a little Dragon but with fewer idiots.

EDIT: Now that I think about it, 226A has idiots, but fewer cruisers. Some of those first gear hairpins would not be navigable on a cruiser.

Thanks a lot... You've got me wanting to plan another NC trip!!!

Wonder how much a room at Freeborne's is with no ADV crowd...
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Thanks a lot... You've got me wanting to plan another NC trip!!!

Wonder how much a room at Freeborne's is with no ADV crowd...
I've been looking at google maps for the last 30 minutes. It's a sickness.
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I've been looking at google maps for the last 30 minutes. It's a sickness.

I was looking at our company calendar looking for a 3 day weekend coming up...
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:29 AM   #12
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no skyline drive

blue ridge parkway - cherokee to waynesboro = 469mi of great road.
skyline drive - waynesboro to front royal = not so good. not only does it cost to get on the skyline drive but the 35mph speed limit and much LEO make for a PITA. speeding tickets cost hundreds of $$.. and they dont give warnings.
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Have a better plan than ride to Cherokee, get on the BRP, and then get off at Fort Royal. I took no paper maps and my gps had no detailed maps. Two road construction detours and 30 degree temps in April was enough to convince me to abort after 120 miles. Had a nice ride up the Trace and two lane roads to the bottom of the BRP, then my planning ran out.

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You've picked a nicer time to go. Mine should have been ok but it was unseasonably cold - mid to high 30's before I got on the BRP after 2 days of mostly rain getting there.
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I'd rather run the Cherehala Skyway twice than get behind one Harleytrain on the BRP...But that is just me! I liked the route AntiCyclone and I took from Cleveland, TN going up the BRP last year...

Tellico ->Cherehala -> Deals Gap -> "Moonshiner 28" -> Cherokee - > BRP

Getting there was half the fun! We rode the BRP all the way up to the RDV at Freeborne's @ mile 248. We started out the return trip on the BRP but got frustrated and bored and starting exploring other roads.
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Waynesboro is my planned head home point. I want to return via West Virginia / Tennessee.
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