938 Miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway (mostly pics)

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  1. rockinrog

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    Thanks Riff...just my attempt at givng a little back to the advrider community. The camping was just 16 a night and I splurged for one night in the cabin for only 45. The F800GS usually gets 55-60 MPG.
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  2. Rastus

    Rastus World Traveler

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    Very nice report.
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  3. Riff

    Riff Been here awhile

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    Rog... Can you tell me some more about the camping? Did you have it planned out or did you rely on the park system, or .... How did you choose camp sites?

    I am planning on making this trip this coming year. Wanted to this year, but..... ?!

    Thanks Riff
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  4. rockinrog

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    I basically relied on the park system. I had a list of campgrounds near the parkway with milemarkers listed just in case. I had a parkway map which list all the campgrounds on the prkway. My plan was to make it to otter creek the 1st night, after that I just went to the closest one at the end of the day. There are a few Inns right on the parkway $$$ as well you can stay at, but I was on a tight budget this year so the 16 dollar a night campgrounds fit right in.
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  5. rockinrog

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    I should have also added that a good map is available at any of the visitor centers. I also downloaded maps from here http://www.virtualblueridge.com/maps/ so that I could print them in 4 parts and make notes on them etc.
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  6. Riff

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    I should have also added that a good map is available t any of the visitor centers. I also downloaded maps from here http://www.virtualblueridge.com/maps/ so that I could print them in 4 parts and make notes on them etc


    Thanks Rog

    Several of us where planing this trip back in August and for no good reason the plans of mice and men failed. I had originally calculated it would probably run each of us around $1,200.00 [gas, food and lodging]. So when I saw you where able to do it for $160.00 I started getting happy again. :lol3 . I went out and got some gear to add to what I already had [light weight 2man tent just for myself like the room]. We where planing to do the camping thing, to econmize as much as possible, and take 6 - 7 days. I just like the idea you just went and did it, and did it well. Kick my self in the butt now. I WILL make the trip this summer even if I go by myself. Thanks Again
    Riff
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  7. Reconstructed

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    This is part of the big ride I am planning. After I get the kids out of college.









    Too bad my oldest is four....
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  8. rockinrog

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    haha Dont wait my friend, life is too short.
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  9. bobw

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    ^Well said.

    Thanks for the report, I never tire of riding the BRP and the area roads.

    Cheers
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  10. Vinbowie

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    Very nice.:clap

    I've ridden the northern end a couple of times.
    The last time I went the road was in the clouds
    so I really didn't see anything.
    Still had fun though. :thumb
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  11. Reconstructed

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    Well, I have been fortunate to have seen about half the world, and 47 of the lower 48, simply because of jobs that required lots of travel. Now, I am fortunate to have three beautiful, happy, and healthy children and a wife that (although I sometimes want to scream) I am happy to be with.

    So yeah, I'm kinda screwed as far as lots of solo travel time is concerned, but to hear the joyful laughter of your own children is well worth the trade-off.

    So, If I'm really lucky, in another 17 years I'll be able to make up for lost time. In the mean time...:drif
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  12. Tigerstar

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    Did the parkway weekend before Labor Day. Started at Front Royal and Finished at Cherokee. Best ride in the world. I had the road to myself from Saturday through Sunday noon when I hit Asheville.
    Including the 9 hrs on the interstate Friday I spent 29 hrs riding and had sore kidneys for a week.
    Will do it again next year if i can.:rofl
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  13. kpt4321

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    1200 dollars for 6 days is $200 per day; it's pretty hard to spend two hundred dollars a day if you are camping!

    Figure you'll probably ride 300 miles per day, at 50 mpg, that is 6 gallons, or about 20 bucks. If you buy one hot meal a day, that's probably $10-20, plus $10 more for the food you pack. Plus a camping fee of something like $10-20 per night. All told, $50-$70 per day, depending on where you sit on each item. That's $300-$400 for the whole trip, per person. If you want to get a motel/cabin one night, you might spend $500 per person, but still, $1200 each is STEEP.

    For what it's worth, I have done the BRP one-way from Philadelphia once (2 days, skipped some sections for highway), and a loop down to the NC border and back in 3 days total. I'd definitely do it again, and do the whole thing, and I think $50 per day would be the most I would spend.
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    :clap :clap :clap bEAUTIFUL PLACE, NICE PICS, REGARS FROM MEXICO
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  15. rockinrog

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    Thanks folks....glad you enjoyed:D
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    kpt4321 / 1200 dollars for 6 days is $200 per day; it's pretty hard to That's $300-$400 for the whole trip, per person. If you want to get a motel/cabin one night, you might spend $500 per person, but still, $1200 each is STEEP.

    For what it's worth, I have done the BRP one-way from Philadelphia once (2 days, skipped some sections for highway), and a loop down to the NC border and back in 3 days total. I'd definitely do it again, and do the whole thing, and I think $50 per day would be the most I would spend.



    Thanks KPT.... This makes a lot of sense. Yours is more in line with the trip I had envisioned to begin with. There were Several in the group [of about five] who claimed they couldn't do the camping thing for health reasons, and then I believe they are looking at three square meals a day eating out, and you can see where costs where beginning to sky rocket. I think the group is going to get a lot smaller, probably say uhmmmm campers only :lol3. No I couldn't leave anyone behind who wanted to go, but they will definitely have to make some concessions, and those of us who want to economize by camping would.

    Do you do a lot of route planning ahead of time [I mean looking things up on the internet and making that a goal to stop at those locations], or just go and stop when and where you want?

    Thanks for your wisdom
    Riff
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  17. rockinrog

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    I was cjecking out the pics in your sig Alan.. I can't understand anything in the text lol.. but like the pics.
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  18. V-rock

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    I was planning a trip for last October with my brother and a friend. My friend crashed his bike (long story) and my brother cancelled for some last minute work. Next time I'm not waiting for anybody, I'm planning the trip to go alone.
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  19. rockinrog

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    Some things are easier when you go solo..ie stop when and if you want etc
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  20. rockinrog

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    I just got my end to ender certificate yesterday. If you do the whole prkway it is worth filling out the form. You get a certificate sticker and a little pin..pretty cool I think.
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