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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by rockinrog, Oct 14, 2010.
Based on updated weather forecasts and in the interest of visitor safety, the Blue Ridge Parkway is closing all gated sections from Milepost 165, at VA State Route 8, south through North Carolina to Milepost 469, at Cherokee. These closures will remain in effect through Tuesday, September 12, 2017.
During the period of closure the Parkway is closed to all traffic, including cyclists and hikers.All Parkway visitor facilities between MP 165 and 469 will also be closed during this time. All closures in this section are planned to be made by no later than 2:00 p.m. today. For more information, see the full press release at http://bit.ly/2xrTU4Q
Taken from the BRP FB page:
Several visitor facilities and road sections reopened today after storm related closures on Monday. The following facilities and road sections opened today:
- Moses Cone Memorial Park and Manor House
- Julian Price Memorial Park including Price Campground and Picnic Area
- Linn Cove Visitor Center
- Linville Falls Campground, Picnic Area and Visitor Center
- Crabtree Falls Campground and Picnic Area
The Main line Roadway opened today in several sections:
- MP 305 to MP 317
- Folk Art Center to MP 393 (Hwy 191/Brevard Road)
- MP 405 (NC Hwy 151) to MP 442 (Hwy 23/74)
Sections will continue to open tomorrow as work is completed. The section of Parkway from the Folks Art Center to Craggy Gardens and Soco Gap to MP 469 will likely stay closed for the entire weekend due to massive amounts of downed trees, rock and debris.
Check the realtime road map for updates http://ow.ly/1GGn30fa8yw .
One other thing I have been reading about is their decision to oil and chip several sections in Virginia. There are some folks that are saying it is bad enough that they turn around/stay off of it. We live with this type of road preservation here in PA and it definitely sucks and requires a little caution.
While much of the Parkway is open (great time to see VA sections!), the following updates are available regarding ongoing storm clean up, Please cooperate with closed areas, do not hike or bike behind closed gates.
• Milepost 331 – 355, from the NC Minerals Museum to Mt. Mitchell, will be open by 5:00 p.m. on Friday.
• Milepost 355 – 382, from Craggy Gardens to US-70, is expected to be closed through this weekend.
• Milepost 393- 408, from NC-191 to Mt. Pisgah, will be open by mid-day on Friday. Power has been restored to Pisgah Inn and operations there will also resume mid-day on Friday.
• Milepost 443 – 455, from Balsam Gap to US-19, will be open by 5:00 p.m. on Friday
• Milepost 455 – 469 is expected to be closed through this weekend.
Hurricanes aside I was wondering if my planned visit of the week of October 16th might be too early this year for good color.
According to this forecast I should be good.
October 18-25: 3,000-4,000 feet elevation. The ultimate week for the most color including the Blue Ridge Parkway. This also includes much of Pisgah National Forest. Drive the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway. Top hikes there include Looking Glass Rock or Cradle of Forestry. North of Asheville, best color will be Banner Elk and hikes to Table Rock and Hawksbill Mountain at Linville Gorge. West of Asheville, head to Maggie Valley, Cherokee and Bryson City.
Always a crap shoot....some will be peak, some past.
But when you're covering that distance and elevation, you'll find something good!!!
Very true. I was thinking these days we have been having (it hit 90 at my place yesterday) might slow things down, but a little reasearch tells me that the temps have very little to do with it.. it is primarily the days growing shorter/nights longer that kicks off the biochemical process.
Edit: And then I read more and temps do play a role.
"Cooler temperatures signal deciduous trees to stop producing chlorophyll, the green pigment responsible for photosynthesis, he explained. The chlorophyll breaks down and disappears, unmasking other leaf pigments. These other pigments -- called xanthophylls and carotenes -- are what create the yellows and oranges seen in the leaves of yellow poplar, hickory, sycamore, honey locust, birch, beech and certain maples."
The article was for PA, but I assume the science is the same.
Well..... so much for forecasts and theories!!!
A site that seem to keep up to date
I think I will stay with my week of the 16th. As long as it isn't snowing and/or all the leaves aren't lying on the road I will be happy.
Link to Pisgah Inn webcam
Getting ready for my first BRP trip back in 2008. No luggage on the bike just the one bag..Camo hunting gloves, Walls work bibs. How did I survive? :)
It' s obvious you come from hardy pioneer stock...
Hahaha! We all had trips like that and thought they were just fine! I'm rediscovering the simpler the better theory of travel.
It appears the entire BRP is now open! If anyone is riding it feel free to post up some pics!
Somebody more famous than me said..."He is richest who is content with the least"
I think that certainly applies to traveling!
The view from my desk (when I want to be somewhere else)
To getting any work done!!!
I frequently visit webcams while I am tied to my desk, it sure is hard to keep focused.