1. Kneedragon

    Kneedragon Beer Wagon Chaser

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    I have some vacation time coming in the last 2 weeks of April. I was wondering what the riding conditions were like on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It's quite a bit south but the elevation could make for colder type conditions. Any suggestions?
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  2. HarveyMushman

    HarveyMushman Tire Squarerer

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    It'll definitely be cooler on the BRP. Fog could easily be a major problem, as could snow and road closures due to damage from the winter. There's no shortage of good roads around the BRP though, so having to detour isn't too much of a problem.
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  3. Jack90210

    Jack90210 quia ego nominor leo

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    Ditto what Tim said, it'll be chilly and probably pretty foggy in the mornings. ("Foggy" can often mean "50-foot visibility" up there.) And there are some seriously washed-out sections down towards Asheville, it doesn't look like they'll be repaired for some time.
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  4. jktpa

    jktpa X-Troller

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    check blueridgeparkway.org for conditions and outages then let the fun begin.
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  5. PhilSpace

    PhilSpace The Gov Administrator

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    What Peaches said - April and May can be challenging up there - lots of fog and the last couple years road closures from storms down around Asheville.
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  6. Oilhed

    Oilhed MarkF

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    I went the last days of April into May. It was great, little traffic, no motor homes. There will be some washouts, some fog, a bit cold and maybe wet. But that is all part of the adventure. The detour might be better than the BRP in some places!
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  7. bemiiten

    bemiiten League of Adventures

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    The off season means less traffic and better camping :thumb
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  8. Kneedragon

    Kneedragon Beer Wagon Chaser

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    I guess I'll wait until a bit later in the season to do the ride there. Late September maybe......

    Thanks for the info. I really do appreciate it.
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  9. HarveyMushman

    HarveyMushman Tire Squarerer

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    No need to wait to go for a ride, unless you are just determined to ride the BRP and little else.
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  10. freaking RT

    freaking RT will golf for food

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    late September is crowded up there. I'd rather go in late April. fewer people. you can have fog up there any time of year.
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  11. xtphreak

    xtphreak from B4 "adventure bikes"

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    never delay a ride

    the BRP is doable as soon as they open the snowgates (sometimes even before :evil )

    I've been up on Mt Mitchell over Easter and we had great swordfights with 4 ft icicles off the rocks ... really amused the few passersby ... now this was back when I was young and foolish
    old farts like me would never do anything like that again

    sometimes a storm will prompt a local closing (Peaks Of Otter, Craggy, Pisgah, Richland Balsam) but the detour is a part of the adventure

    count on a detour from NC80 down to Asheville, the BRP is gone in two spots

    "Closures
    Two short sections of the Parkway between Linville Falls and Mount Mitchell in North Carolina remain closed due to damaging tropical storms during September. These should be repaired by next season. The park information line at (828)298-0398 has the most updated information including on closures and winter weather conditions."



    whatcha ridin?

    drop a line and we might can hook up for a part of it
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  12. Kneedragon

    Kneedragon Beer Wagon Chaser

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    I'll do that. I'll be on a spanking new R12GS.

    Too bad about the damage to the roadway. I hope that it can be repaired quick like.......
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  13. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    Thought that you guys were gonna ride Honda 650s, sometimes referred to as "Big Red Pigs" (BRPs) at least by dirt riders.
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  14. Alien Hitchhiker

    Alien Hitchhiker Abducted by Aliens, again

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    Kneedragon - I say do it despite the closed sections (unless of course, your express goal is to ride the Parkway in it's entirety). In addition to the Linville-Mitchell stretch the road is also closed between Asheville and Mount Pisgah, but that should be open by early April, at the latest.
    There is a decent detour around Mitchell through the valley to the north, passing through Burnsville and then south to Asheville.

    I totally agree with the other riders about April-May being one of the best times of the year traffic wise.

    Big Wheel
    (BTW - FNG here making my first post. Been lurking for awhile - looks like fun. I hope y'all are nicer that those mean guys over at the BMWMOA forum)
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  15. freaking RT

    freaking RT will golf for food

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    welcome to the asylum, BW :D
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  16. ridetwistyroads

    ridetwistyroads tailwind please

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  17. Alien Hitchhiker

    Alien Hitchhiker Abducted by Aliens, again

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    freaking RT & ride twisty, thanks for the greetings. Good to find a home boy here!

    Hey - I took a wrong turn on the way to the office today (I had a couple hours to spare) and wound up in Hot Springs. (South Asheville -> Parkway to Bull Gap -> Ox Creek -> Reems Creek -> Weaverville -> Hot Springs -> 109 to I 40 and back to Asheville) Yeah baby - really felt like spring. Still a lot of sand on 109; had to hold it down a bit. Otherwise the roads were in good shape. Didn't get much done at the office.

    Big Wheel
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  18. ridetwistyroads

    ridetwistyroads tailwind please

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    sucks about that 'wrong turn!' boy, i hate it when that happens! so many great roads, so little time.

    what kind of schedule do you keep? if you'd ever want to hook up for a ride, drop me a pm. given enough notice, i'm sure we could gather a small asheville get together.

    Chris
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