938 Miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway (mostly pics)

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

  1. rockinrog

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    This is one of my favorite overlooks
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    Stopped to take a break up around craggy gardens
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    I always run into bear hunters in October... or Barr huntings as they say down there. They are tracking their dogs.
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    It's amazing the variation in the foliage on this trip. From still green to peak to brown-past peak.
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    I camped at Doughton Park on the way back. There were only 3 of us in this section of the camping area. I guess it gets busy in the summer, but is always close to empty when I have been there.
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    Lot's of deer in the camping area
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    Made my first visit to the Blue Ridge Music Center
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    Last pictures of the trip at Otter Lake.
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    I am usually always trying out some new piece of gear.
    For this trip I tried out the LD Comfort shorts. I can say they really made a difference in comfort and would definitely recommend them.
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    Just read a bit of sad news. It looks like Peaks of Otter lodge is now closed. The store at Otter Creak has been closed a few years now and this year the store/restaurant at Doughton park was closed. I couldn't understand why no one is opening them up, but this article sheds some light on that:

    http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/317008
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    Stinks. I got married there in 94 and was planning on spending our 20th at the Peaks. Sign of the times I guess. At least the Parkway is still open.
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    I did the round in August '09.
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    Stopped to eat at the Peaks of Otter lodge in 2010. It was a bit too pricey for my blood (KLR rider here).

    This RR of yours reminds me I didn't make it to the BRP this year and I live fairly close to its northern begining. Maybe next year.
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    Perhaps they will get something worked out before your anniversary.
    The 1.7 million fee they have to pay to the old occupant seems like a deal breaker on a property that makes 2 mil a year...kind of hard to make a profit. the only person thats good for is the person that gave up the lease.
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    I agree the lodges are pricey, but it's nice to have the option. I stayed a Mt. Pisgah a few years ago after arriving after dark and in a thick fog. We did some price haggling and it was nice not having to drive down off the mountain in that fog.