1. Barkdog

    Barkdog Adventurer

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    I'm planning on riding from the DC area to Clemson, SC this week. I am hoping to make it down with about 14 hours of ride time. Would this be enough time to take the Blue Ridge Parkway down? Would this be a good route? Or is it too slow/heavily patrolled, etc. Any other good routes to take through VA and NC?
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  2. jshuck

    jshuck Iron Butt #31

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    It looks like a straight line but in reality it is slow going. Especially if you get behind someone...like a frikkin' RV. Go during the week and leave DC real early.. I'd do it..... Again..
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  3. AntonLargiader

    AntonLargiader Long timer

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    Yes, you can do it. Get a really early start and slab to Mile Zero. You'll be on the BRP shortly after sunrise and just keep going at about 55~60 MPH. You'll get to Asheville about 2:00 PM and then take NC125 down to Brevard. That road is a serious hoot, especially at the bottom. From there you're not far from Clemson.

    You will run into traffic on the BRP, probably. Don't let it get to you; it won't cost you much time in the long run. This is WAY better than any alternative.
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  4. TorqueWrench

    TorqueWrench Obsolete and Ugly

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    Great ride except when it's raining and foggy. You can't see your handlebars up there when that happens. Don't drive more than 5mph over the limit and don't pass on a double yellow. Just pull off into a scenic overlook when you get boxed in and take a break.
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  5. svwayne

    svwayne Been here awhile

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    Check the BRP website. Parts of the BRP are still closed from the wet weather of last year. I was on the BRP this past weekend and it was closed from milepost 344-355 (Mt. Mitchell area) and again just south of Linville Falls. I made my own detour around Mt. Mitchell - SH2178 at Craggy Gardens on the BRP then NNE to SH197, to Burnsville. Lots of dirt\gravel and in some places if you listen real close you'll hear the banjos playing.

    P.S. Hwy 215 from Waynesville, NC down into SC is a hoot! Lots of nice dirt around Lake Isaqueena in Clemson.
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  6. freaking RT

    freaking RT will golf for food

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    I've been thinking about this one. yea, you could do it on the BRP, but..... it depends on the day of the week. weekends, nope, forget it. too many people up there. and with the hot weather, it's hazy up there too, so the views aren't as good.

    pull out the map and follow along :D

    starting point Manassas, VA
    15 S to Buckingham, VA
    60 W to 24 S to Appomattox
    VA 727 south 615 W to 600 S to 40 to Brookneal, VA
    40 west to Rocky Mount VA
    40 west to Woolwine, VA
    8 west to the BRP
    BRP south to US 58
    58 west past Volney, VA, past the edge of Grayson State park to VA 751 south into NC
    to 194 south to Boone, NC
    321 west Johnson City, TN
    19W/23.I-181 south thru Erwin, TN to TN 23/81 through Rocky Fork, TN
    south on TN 253 to NC 212 to 70 to Hot Springs NC
    south out of Hot Springs on 209 :thumb
    hang a right at the stop sign and store near Fine's Creek NC for a faster way to I-40
    I-40 to 276 south
    run 276 to Brevard NC
    64 to Rosman, NC
    178 south to Liberty, SC
    93 into Clemson

    642.2 miles, at the speed limit, 14 hours on the nose :D
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  7. Gventure

    Gventure Been here awhile

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    The BRP is open except for the two stretches listed above. I don't recommend going much over 50 mph - especially this weekend - which may be a moot point because the BRP on a 4th of July weekend will be quite packed. I've run between Tuggle's gap and 276 (Waynesville/Brevard) dozens of times and on 4th of July weekend its always packed - not much "spirited ride" fun but if you can relax and enjoy the views - it should be fine.
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  8. todd900ss

    todd900ss Been here awhile

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    The parkway is open at Mount Mitchell (one lane open), But still closed Linville Falls. The detor off the parkway is well marked and short. I would not run over
    50 mph on the 4th of July weekend.
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  9. ridetwistyroads

    ridetwistyroads tailwind please

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    I've ridden all of the latter half. Execelent roads. :clap
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  10. svwayne

    svwayne Been here awhile

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    Coming up from the south of Mt. Mitchell (on 6\25\05) the signs indicated that the BRP was closed from milepost 344-355. Guess I should have checked it out myself. Typical government efficiency!

    Still, that gravel FS road that leaves the parkway at Craggy Garden is a hoot on a DS bike.
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  11. Barkdog

    Barkdog Adventurer

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    I'll be on my 600rr, so I'll have to pass on the gravel roads.

    Thanks for all the feedback everyone. I'll be leaving bright and early thursday morning, and returning sunday. I imagine traffic will royally suck on sunday so I might find an alternate route or split the ride into 2 days.
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