Returning to Pennsylvania from a trip to see an elderly relative in North Carolina, I thought I'd ride back thru the mountains of Ol Virginny- tho I had no real "plan", as far as a route. Wound up coming up outta Greensboro on US 220, and suddenly it made sense to simply hop onto the Blue Ridge Parkway. Which I did. Tho i've ridden bits of the middle scection of the BRP (near Lynchburg/Appomatox) i never had a chance to ride an extended portion, nor had I ridden the Skyline Drive, the National Parks section. I got on the BRP below Roanoke with (I'm guess-timating) 625 miles showing - having ridden from my home to Raliegh and then up towards Roanoke- and proceeded to ride until dark 30- getting off the Skyline Drive at Luray/ US 211- with about 855 miles. Along the way, I saw several deer, including a MASSIVE trophy buck and another less impressive 8? 10? Point, crows ravens, hawks, a good sized black bear, AND a calico kitty.... But that whole ride there were ZERO cars in front of me! Sure there were a couple vehicles going south, and cars all parked in the trail head lots and stuff- near the end there were a couple cars behind me. But not one single car blocked my passage this Sunday, 11/18/2012! 200 miles or so. A rarity on that road fer sure, man. Here's some pix from along the way. I got off the BRP where it becomes the Skyline Drive to gas up and called my GF to say hey, only to have her tell me that a good friend who'd recently moved in next door to us died last night! He wasn't in bad health as far as anyone knew! Sure goes to show you- ya just never know. Glad I was on the bike today. It was AMAZING. Cheers y'all. Eat dessert first, live each day like it's your last.