Blue Ridge Parkway 2nd and 3rd of October 2017

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  1. thumperpilot

    thumperpilot Thumper Pilot

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    I spent the last couple of days on the Blue Ridge parkway.

    On the 2nd of October I rode from Cherokee to Asheville. The skies were super clear and warm. The views were awesome.

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    On the 3rd I rode from Asheville to the Laurel Springs exit at around mile marker 250. I left a little before sunrise. It was cool, damp and cloudy the first part of the day.

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    Then things cleared up and the afternoon was great!

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    Overall the leaves haven't started to change yet in most places. Everything still looks fairly green.

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    In Cherokee I stayed at the Great Smokies Inn. it's about half a mile from the BRP starting point. The gas station right across from the inn has 100% gas.

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  2. Dismount

    Dismount Boring bastard

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    Old, slow and your bikes ugly. Bet you smell awful to boot. :lol3


    Looks like you had fun you old coot.
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  3. thumperpilot

    thumperpilot Thumper Pilot

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    Yes I did.


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  4. tireatr

    tireatr Let's go for a ride

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    Not that you've asked, but this explains the green in some parts of NC/TN and VA. It's been warm and dry. The leaves change more rapidly when it's cooler and with a little more moisture. Up around Mt Pisgah (MM410) where it gets cooler and wetter there is good color.

    Copied and pasted from USDA forest Service site

    The amount and brilliance of the colors that develop in any particular autumn season are related to weather conditions that occur before and during the time the chlorophyll in the leaves is dwindling. Temperature and moisture are the main influences.

    A succession of warm, sunny days and cool, crisp but not freezing nights seems to bring about the most spectacular color displays. During these days, lots of sugars are produced in the leaf but the cool nights and the gradual closing of veins going into the leaf prevent these sugars from moving out. These conditions-lots of sugar and lots of light-spur production of the brilliant anthocyanin pigments, which tint reds, purples, and crimson. Because carotenoids are always present in leaves, the yellow and gold colors remain fairly constant from year to year.

    The amount of moisture in the soil also affects autumn colors. Like the weather, soil moisture varies greatly from year to year. The countless combinations of these two highly variable factors assure that no two autumns can be exactly alike. A late spring, or a severe summer drought, can delay the onset of fall color by a few weeks. A warm period during fall will also lower the intensity of autumn colors. A warm wet spring, favorable summer weather, and warm sunny fall days with cool nights should produce the most brilliant autumn colors.
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  5. CaptnSlo

    CaptnSlo Derelicte

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    Nice photos and nice bike!
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  6. thumperpilot

    thumperpilot Thumper Pilot

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    Thanks!

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    blip n00b

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    How much was the room at Great Smokies Inn?..I Hope to make a Smokies run in a couple of weeks from down here in sunny (hot) southwest Florida..
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  8. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    You may have trouble getting a room for mid October without a reservation.
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  9. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    How much $ was the OS Inn?
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    thumperpilot Thumper Pilot

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    The Great Smokies Inn in Cherokee was $98.35 for a single.

    That includes taxes plus an AARP discount.

    It was a good room. I’d stay there again.

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    The Great Smokies Inn in Cherokee was $98.35 for a single.

    That includes taxes plus an AARP discount.

    It was a good room. I’d stay there again.

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