RTW-travelers looking for the best rides between Florida and Canada

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by boomer bike-travel, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. boomer bike-travel

    boomer bike-travel the F 800GS ADV twins

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    Hi guys,

    we're Kati and Jens and left Germany more than two years ago to go on our "once-in-a-lifetime-trip". Ok - it's not gonna be the last one :D

    We've already been to Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Paraguay, Brazil, Alaska, Canada, Western-US, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and on the way to Panama.

    In a couple of weeks we're coming back to the States - flying the bikes from Panama to Miami. As it is cheaper to get the bikes back to Europe from the States or Canada, we want to ride from Florida to Toronto.

    We're looking for the best rides on our way north. Which are the roads that shouldn't be missed? Where are great spots for camping - without having a 35ft RV next to you?

    You can find more informations about the trip, tons of pictures and videos on our website (embedded translation available) http://www.boomer.de

    Looking forward to your insider-tipps and infos :clap
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  2. pnoman

    pnoman Just Average

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    I started looking through your ride reports and photos - wonderful! Looks like an exciting adventure. I will look through more pages as I find time.

    If you are heading north from Florida to Canada, I would recommend spending some time in West Virginia. I have a website: www.RidingWV.com with recommended destinations and routes. The site is still not complete, and some pages are still empty. Hope you find something interesting. PM me when you are going to be in the area, and maybe we can meet for lunch. I would be happy to play tourguide for a day. Ich spreche bischen Deutsch.
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  3. mb90535im

    mb90535im '05 R1200 GS

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    Don't miss north Georgia, eastern Tennessee around the Tellico Plains, Cherohayla Skyway, Tail of the Dragon, Smokey Mountains. Pick up the Blue Ridge Parkway being sure to catch at least the best section between Cherokee, North Carolina and Asheville North Carolina. As a matter of fact, if you've not ridden it before, I'd recommend riding the entire Blue Ridge Parkyway and seeing the sights along the way.
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  4. boomer bike-travel

    boomer bike-travel the F 800GS ADV twins

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    Hi folks,

    thanks for all your suggestions.
    Because of some problems with our bikes we're still in the "warm" south. Maybe we'll ride a detour to visit New Orleans.
    Deals Gap / Tail of the Dragon and BRP are on the bucket list for the way north.

    Hopefully it get's warmer pretty soon :D
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  5. 35xj

    35xj Long timer

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    really good to meet you guys in the everglades! im pming you some stuff!
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  6. dirtysouthjacket

    dirtysouthjacket Been here awhile

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    If you make it to SC, let us know! I will come ride. Charleston is also a great place to visit. PM if you want more details and I can set you up with inmates down that way!
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  7. kitesurfer

    kitesurfer Long timer

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    new orleans is the most expensive place i've ever been so take money!

    if flying into miami, detour south to the keys. you've got to do a sunset at key west so overnight will be required. traveling north through fla, stop in st augustine for a day. camping at Hugenot Park in Jacksonville, on the beach, is appx $12 a night.
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  8. 4PawsHacienda

    4PawsHacienda Been here awhile

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    An interesting ride is to take the BRP into north central NC hen take Hwy 16 north through VA and into WVA, whole lots of good riding without many people.
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  9. freaking RT

    freaking RT will golf for food

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    16 in North Carolina (NC) up thru Virginia (VA) is a good ride, I'll second that

    a place to camp is http://www.willvillebikecamp.com/ in VA off the Blue Ridge

    also do a search of the state parks along your route. they tend to have good camping.

    as for must do roads, I assume you'll hit Deals Gap :lol2 you may want to ride north on NC 209 from I-40 to Hot Springs, NC. It's longer and just as good as the Dragon. Better in my opinion, as the speed limit is still 55 and little to no traffic.

    any roads in West Virginia (WV) going north will be worth the trip :D and there is always the Blue Ridge Parkway to ride. :D

    keep in mind from Georgia (GA) to Pennslyvania the valleys run SW to NE so the twisty roads go SE to NW. a fun route would be following the mountains north from GA.

    don't miss the Finger Lakes area of NY
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