938 Miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway (mostly pics)

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by rockinrog, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. John Nash

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    Leaving April 20th with a buddy from Albany NY. I have done this trip the past two Aprils stopping in Otter Creek then Asheville in 2010. I stayed at Cherahola MC campground / Tellico Plains in a cabin for 5 nights.Buck was running the place at the time for the owners.Does anyone know if they are still operating? Last year it was for sale I heard. Nice cabins & very reasonable price.Last year I left home at noon and did Skyline south to 33 west to visit friends in Franklin,WV overnight. My ride to Asheville NC started the day from Franklin WV to Bonna Vista (BRP) Virginia.It was sunny in the 60's crisp and cool, my type of weather.I counted about a handful of cars all day on the BRP.Only saw one ranger, which made me pucker as I was doing about 20mph over the posted speed limit all day. IMHO spring is the best time of year for cooler weather and to enjoy everything in bloom.Summer there are way too many cars and RV's. MC's are no fun going slow and passing all the time is a real PITA. Thanks for posting all the pictures and information.The :D BRP is one of my favourite roads in the USA and probally the best all day road on the east coast.
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    I emailed them last year and it was closed unless you wanted to rent the entire place for a rally etc. It was also for sale.


  3. rockinrog

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    Leaving in the morning for the BRP. Looking forward to seeing it in the Spring.
    I may post up some things from my phone during the trip, but fresh pics will have to wait until I am back.
  4. John Nash

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    Have a safe trip down the BRP. I can't wait to go on the 20th this month.Please let me know if there are any construction detours.Check out Asheville NC.I stayed at the Sweet Pea Hostil downtown.Its 2 years old and very clean and modern.Its above the LAB microbrew restraunt.There is a parking garage across the street and 30 feet to the front door of the hostil.They also have 2 private rooms for $60.oo a night,or $30 for a bunk.Its a cool town and very friendly atmosphere.Looking forward to hearing about your trip in early April.
  5. rockinrog

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    Thanks John. Here is where I go to look at the closures:
    http://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/roadclosures.htm
    Right now there are 3. I always do a print of the maps in 4 segments then make notes on it as to where the closures are etc. I will have my camping stuff with me. I will prob end up camping at Willville motorcycle campground and/or Linnville falls and maybe otter creek on the way back.


  6. ATC Crazy

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    You were less than a mile from my house :D As a kid, I would ride my bicycle to the big bridge, hike the trails under it, climb on the rocks in the river, walk across the dam, and put coins on the RR tracks. Dad and I would also carry our canoe under the bridge and put in there. We'd make a day trip floating 5-7 miles down stream where we would take out at the end of our road.

    If you are ever down this way again, let me know :freaky
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    that was from my 2010 trip, I was just there again yesterday. I will prob pass back through on my way home.
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    stayed st peeks of otter last night. Room on the lake was only 59 .no tv or internet and very little cell service. In ash Ville N.C. Tonight
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    Hmmm...I would have known that if I read the last page of this thread :shog

    Wait a minute? You didn't happen to pass through there at around 530pm did you? I remember passing a (Yellow?) BMW followed by a streetbike while I was on my way to work at the Rt. 24 intersection. It would have been the last cross-route before you got to the big bridge (2-3 miles before).
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    Happy trails!
  11. rockinrog

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    I made it home this evening. Locals in NC said I missed the peek blooming by 2-3 weeks. I'd like to see it when all the mountain laurel is blooming. I will post some pics as I get them uploaded.
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    All ready to go. I decided to leaving the cooking stuff at home and eat at restaurants so I actually had some extra space on this trip.
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    The obligatory entering pic.
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    Because the Otter Creek CG didn't open unti 4-6 I had booked a night at Peaks of Otter lodge for $59. A good deal for a room right on the lake. It must have been because it was Thursday,when I looked online for the return trip it was $112.
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    The view from my room:
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    It was a little dreary Thursday, but it cleared up the next morning.
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    Even the view looking in the window was great.
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    This little guy/girl was nice enough to pose for a couple pics on my walk over to the restaurant for breakfast.
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    Pretty cool how you can see the foliage change at elevation as you go up the mountain on your shot of the peaks.
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    Yes it was. It also varied from area to area. I was expecting things to be greener based on things here in PA, but I guess even though it is south the elevation is higher.
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    Much of the Parkway hasn't yet peaked in terms of spring colors, even though we've gotten a very early start this year. You've got over a mile's worth of elevation difference between the James River in Virginia (649 feet, lowest point on the Parkway) and Richland Balsam in North Carolina (6047 feet, highest point on the Parkway), so at any given time, spring, fall or otherwise, you're going to see temperature-related differences in the "timing" of the vegetation.

    Nice pix so far, got more? :-)