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Discussion in 'Americas' started by Harring10, Sep 5, 2012.
Any chance someone has a link to the guide? Hate to have to stop at random stores looking for one.
EXCELLENT!! Thanks a bunch!
Those are going to be about 10 hour days if on the BRP and similar roads! Kinda a long day for some of us old folks. <g>
Did an end to end last year....great...even in the rain. Took 3 days, but we didn't stop a lot.
Caged up that way last week, stayed at the Big Lyn Lodge in Little Switzerland. Highly recommend. Breakfast and dinner included...bike friendly, quiet with great views. Right off the parkway on 226.
FWIW I am in the middle of a trip report of the BRP now... http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=826922 . I have done the pkwy dozens of times and have learned a few lessons. The speed limit is 45 for the vast majority of the pkwy ... I run it a reasonable amount over on the straights and apply reasonable acceleration thru the curves ... the most I've ever gotten from a Ranger is a hand motion to bring it down a little.
I ride during the week and do not ride during leaf peepers season and rarely encounter much traffic except near cities. When traffic is light frequently slower traffic will pull over at an overlook to courteously let me by. If they don't... I most often just wait for a passing zone...or pull over for a few minutes at an overlook myself. There are places you can safely pass on the double yellow ...BUT if you get caught just like anywhere else...you will get a ticket.
Stop at a campground or Ranger station and get a parkway map....they are a long stripmap kinda thing...and it will make hour to hour planning much easier. It shows all the facilities with milemarkers and make fuel stops, lunch stops etc a snap.
The one note of caution that catches even some experienced riders out are the blind turns...some of which are severely limited in sight distance. These are especially prevalent between Cherokee and Asheville...
They take Visa for those just like any others! Freaked me out the first time when I had to give SS#. I received no points for either of the 2 Federal performance awards
Maggie Valley area of NC is promoting itself as a destination for motorcycle riders. They have mapped out several suggested scenic rides and posted a pdf brochure on their website, worth checking out since you'll be in the area.
I just rode the BRP from Cherokee to Mt. Mitchell last Thurs 09/20. I got on the parkway at about 10am and it was like my own personal highway. I might have seen 20 cars if you count both directions for most of the way over to I-26 but traffic was never an issue, even near Asheville. And the cars either used the pulloffs or I was able to make my way past without causing any trouble. It was awesome riding non-stop like that -- I just kept thinking man this is what it's all about. There's several thousand pics that should have been taken but I honestly couldn't make myself stop.
I kept a comfortable but brisk pace. I saw one copper all day, a ranger -- he was sitting at the entrance to Mt. Mitchell when I came down, but hadn't been there earlier. He and I nodded at each other and that was that, away I went.
Some of the road has fresh pavement, and some parts there's grass growing up through cracks in the road. Not really an issue for me but now you know.
ps I can't believe those psychos that ride bicycles around up there. This Florida boy says no way!
Warning, don't do the Dragon on a weekend or holiday. Plus you are more likely to get a ticket there than the BRP. The Cherohala Skyway is very nice also and rivals the BRP for a scenic ride...just shorter (no tunnels either). Stop in The Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley if you get a chance. Check their days of operation, on there web site, to be sure your timing will work.
My boyfriend and I rode part of the BRP last year in Sept, it was so beautiful. Hope to ride more of it if not all someday.
Just gotten back from the east coast and rode most the BRP, it was beautiful as advertised, there was a storm when I got to Asheville, I met some motorcyclists who told me about the Tail of the Dragon, but it was raining hard and I had a plane and was scheduled to ship my bike back to California from Atlanta, so I had to skip the Tail of the Dragon. I started from Front Royal - the beginning of Skyline .
I hit a snag when I was totally unprepared for the fogging of my helmet screen and my classes, my visibility was reduced to almost zero...I came from the sunny San Francisco Bay Area and only ride when it's dry during the Summer so I did not prepare for this
Hey up there if you don't like the weather
Ride on to the other side of the mountain
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