FBAD: Life on the Blue Ridge

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Fast Ferris, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. Fast Ferris

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    There are several challenges, though:

    - Is there a PA-participating RV park near where you want to spend the night?
    - Do they have deal-breaking exclusions?

    Going back and forth across the country and utilizing PA-participating RV parks wherever possible required a lot of advance planning. There were times when we had to suck it up and stay at a KOA or the like (nothing against KOAs, but even with our membership it can push $45 to $50 a night with tax; this adds up in a frikkin' hurry).

    And then there are the park-specific exclusions, such as "valid November through April only," or "not valid on weekends or holidays," or "valid for first night only," etc.

    And heaven forbid you build a cross-country itinerary and then can't make one of your destinations for whatever reason, 'cause it entirely FUBARs the rest of your downstream schedule (and most places require payment in advance, and refund policies can be very unfriendly).

    All that said, Passport America has been a good investment ($44/yr), but you'd need to be traveling a lot, and have some flexibility in your routing and schedule, to maximize the return IMO.

    What's happening at Phillpott this weekend? :)
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    Nothing much beyond a campfire and a few beers.
  3. Fast Ferris

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    I did an afternoon ride down the Parkway to Grandfather Mountain, just got back, 265 miles in total. The annual Autumn blush has begun in earnest - the Parkway is alive with fall color. For some reason lately when I ride I find myself focusing on smells. The forest along the Parkway has a particular aroma. It's easy to miss it, to not think about what it is you're smelling (fall, in my case) as you lope along a beautiful forest highway. I love the various sensory inputs when I ride; it has always been part of the allure.

    Today, not only did the colors impress, so did the smell. Good stuff.

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    Aho Road, near Blowing Rock, North Carolina; Autumn's blush has begun.
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    Appalachian Ski Mountain ~ Blowing Rock, NC.
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    Under the Parkway ~ Blowing Rock.
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    Price Lake ~ Julian Price Memorial Park, Blowing Rock
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    Blue Ridge Parkway ~ Grandfather Mountain.

    The end........for now.......
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    Forgive me for butting in so much Farris, but I am right there with ya on the smells, here at home it is the smell of leaves after they have fallen off, they have a certain smell, for the parkway ( the parts above 5,500 ft) it is the smell of Balsam trees and leaves, can't wait to come down in a week and ride it, send prayers God will bless me with good weather.
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  11. Fast Ferris

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    Hey, you're not butting in, I enjoy the company!

    Traffic on the Parkway began picking up yesterday in anticipation of the weekend/color bloom, but as much as I could I'd cruise along in 2nd or 3rd gear, maybe 20 or 30 mph, just to prolong the experience, the feel of the mountain air, the splendor of all the colors, and...the smell.

    I should find a better word than "smell." Aroma? Anyway, you're right with me on what I'm trying to convey. I did the same thing this summer in Sequoia/Kings Canyon NPs - I'd find myself dinking along at 20 mph just to prolong the experience, to more completely immerse myself in the grandeur.

    Cool for you, fingers crossed! We've had several weeks of truly exceptional weather. This morning is a little gloomy looking, and tonight the rain is supposed to move in for the next four or five days. When are you riding down?
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    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    I will be at Willville Moto camp the evening of the 13th then down the parkway on the 14th
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    So far the weather forecast looks good for you. Ride safe!
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    I logged 70 miles today - 65 in the dry, the last five in the wet as I beat feet for home. Here are a couple of pix:

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    Behind me, to the south, it's not looking so good.
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    The end...for now.......
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    beautiful!
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    Camping question. Did you consider stating on BLM or National forest land?
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    Thanks, Blip. Welcome to ADVrider! :thumb
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    Hi Rog!

    Yeah, we stayed at several Corps of Engineers campgrounds on this trip. The price is definitely right.

    A lot of where we end up calling home for the night has to do with how much time we have to get to where we're going. Humping across the country in a relatively limited amount of time basically precludes campgrounds that are too far from the interstates, or else you spend a lot of precious time (and fuel) getting to and from.

    We need cell service on the road - my wife w*rks online and our WiFi gizmo uses the cell network to link up - so the closer to an interstate (or decent-sized town) we are, the better (generally) the signal.

    We need "real" electricity, to power my wife's computers. We carry an RV-specific generator, which works well, but there are places where cranking up a generator is frowned upon (especially since my wife w*rks graveyard). We carry an inverter, and a robust UPS, for her office equipment, but these won't suffice for stuff like the A/C (we really, really, REALLY needed A/C on this trip - massive heat and humidity) and microwave (our coach has a gas two-burner stove top, but no oven).

    Thanks for the link, I'll for sure check it out. I've learned there's plenty to learn when it comes to living on the road in an RV!
  20. Fast Ferris

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    Rog, here's a great link for you to check out when you have a chance:

    "Discover and reserve camping, lodging, permits, tours and more at America's parks, forests, monuments and other public lands with Recreation.gov": https://www.recreation.gov/


    PS: I have a National Park Service lifetime "Senior Pass." Got it last year for $10, price just went up to $80. This pass has saved us a ton of $$. Here's some info and link:

    America the Beautiful Passes
    The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series

    A pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees (day use fees) at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees and day use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). Children age 15 or under are admitted free.

    The following passes are available:
    These six agencies participate in the Interagency Pass Program:

    https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm
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