Skyline drive , Blueridge Pkwy

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by LittleMac, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. LittleMac

    LittleMac Been here awhile

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    Heading out Sept 22 bright and early ! Will be doing the Skyline drive , Blueridge Pkwy and the infamous tail of the dragon. Any sage advice or recommendations on must see or do's ? Going solo and plan on camping the whole way.
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  2. kirbike

    kirbike Been here awhile

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    Do the gaps that cross the Blueridge. They are shorter, but more intense than the Dragon, and less slow cruiser traffic. There's one called the Devils Whip near Ashville, and Shoals Mill Rd. near Blowing Rock....gotta be careful on Shoals Mill though, there are lots of driveways. Take Hwy 16 home as far as Ohio....hours and hours of twisties at proper speed limits.
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  3. NitroRoo

    NitroRoo Been here awhile

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    Look where you want to go :deal

    Poster above has it right though. The BRP is an amazing ride, but there are sooo many good roads that spur off of it or run alongside it. 221 out of Blowing Rock past Grandfather Mountain would be one example - and it doesn't even really take you off course.
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  4. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    Best part of the BRP are the roads accessing it.

    Limit is 45 on BRP. 50=ticket. Kinda anal about it.
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  5. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    Having ridden a good bit of the BRP I can say it is a delightful cruise at low speed with gentle curves and frequent overlooks.
    Having ridden up and down the roads that take one to the BRP I can attest that these are a lot more fun.
    Having never ridden the "Dragon" I can only say that I have no desire whatsoever to attend such a "Shit-show" of squids going too fast and cruisers going too slow. Throw in a few wannabe formula one racers and a couple of good ole boys with the muscle cars that the south is known for and I will gladly bypass such silliness.
    Marketing is the reason that it all happens. To each his own of course.
    Enjoy the crowds.
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  6. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander only happy when sad

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    ^^ Agree to all the above ^^

    Most important thing to remember is HAVE FUN :lol3
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  7. TorontoBrit

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    This Spring I rode the Skyline, all of the BRP and The Tail of the Dragon. They should be able to tell you at the start which campgrounds are sold out. I stayed at Big Medow, lots of deer wandering around!! There is no gas, no food anywhere along the road. You have to leave the Parkway to go into a small town to get either.
    There is one Visitors Center at each end of the BRP, the one at the South end is much larger, if you are looking for souveniers etc....
    If I remember TotD is another hour from the anticlimactic end to the BRP.

    The BRP section from my blog of the 16,000 km trip:

    http://bmwgseh.blogspot.ca/2013/05/the-blue-ridge-parkway-diet.html
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  8. LittleMac

    LittleMac Been here awhile

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    Nice report TOBrit, I read your blog and it seems you had a great trip with memories created for a lifetime !! That's what it is all about eh .
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  9. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    As tempting as it will be DO NOT speed on Skyline Dr, and watch out for the critters, deer there can not tell time, they wander all day long
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  10. TorontoBrit

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    Thanks, yeah the first part of the trip was fantastic. The 4 day Vancouver to Toronto part was horrendous!! You do kind of get to the end of Skyline, BRP, and TotD looking forward to a bit of straight roads:D
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  11. Hevy Kevy

    Hevy Kevy ADDRider

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    Rode this route this spring, two up on a DL1000. The whole area is awesome. Plenty of gravel side roads.... You're GS is going to love it!
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  12. mica

    mica Weekend Adventurer

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    Ride like your hair is on fire. What are they gonna do? Extradite you for not paying a speeding ticket?:rofl

    Seriously though, I speed there regularly but not excessively. It is more likely you won't speed because you will be stuck behind a car plodding along.
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  13. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    I've ridden the whole BRP at least 4 times this year and the pavement conditions are pretty good. Don't get lulled into a sense of complacent comfort or it'll come to bite ya.

    Advice:
    Tuggles Gap has good pie and great bfast.

    Print out the fuel stop mileage ahead of time for the BRP

    Ride the dragon once as a slow test run at the speed limit and looking for debris/hazards and police hiding.

    Keep your head and eyes level on the turn ahead and learn to use good body English to keep the bike more upright/better tire contact patch.

    PM me if you have any questions. Like Mica, alone, I do a considerable about of smart and careful double yellow passing on the BRP if I'm trying to "make time" or stuck behind some shlub. Usually it is best to just pull over and wait 2 min for the traffic to move on.
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  14. Jake Mountain

    Jake Mountain Been here awhile

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    There is a little campground at the JCT of the Pkwy and NC 18 in Laurel Springs just west of the BP toward Sparta. There is also a bar/resturaunts called Freeborns. A d gas is just up the road 2 1/2 miles that takes cash only.
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  15. CaptnSlo

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    I posted some tips and pics here after my trip - http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=552022&page=211. Post #3158 has my tips. We went in May and all of the dining spots on the BRP park map were closed, but should be open now.

    I thought the Dragon was fun and I enjoyed people-watching at the Tail of the Dragon area, but I also went during the week so it wasn't too crowded.
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  16. khudson24

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    The dragon is ok - I think it is more hyped up than actually how fun it really is. Tight curves and a lot of throttle and braking (if that's your thing), unless you are a local and know it like the back of your hand. That's why there are a lot of accidents. Still worth doing to say you done it. Avoid weekends - so crowded, not enjoyable. Knock it out first thing in the morning and then be on your way. My buddy and I went on it twice, then went out to explore other roads. I had more fun on the Cherohola Skyway. Beautiful with nice sweeping curves. Just plenty of other roads in Western NC and Eastern Tenn. my opinion...
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    Phil in K.C. Been here awhile

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  18. LittleMac

    LittleMac Been here awhile

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    Man I can't thank you guys enough for all the great info !! I do believe it will take a few years to discover all the great roads and spots in this area. Wish I could retire !

    :beer:beer I'm buying if we where to meet .
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  19. 2bsure

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    I made this trip in July w/o the Dragon, it is a great trip but in July the BRP was closed around Mt. Mitchel sp. because a large crack developed from the heavy rains. The 35mph speed limit on the Skyline was a drag and the Park Rangers were out in force. On my way back I set multiple way points on my GPS crossing back and forth over the BRP, the roads up/down from the parkway can be intense.

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