Suggestions for returning south after riding the BRP?

Discussion in 'Americas' started by rcrampton, Oct 12, 2017 at 4:31 PM.

  1. rcrampton

    rcrampton Been here awhile

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    I'm taking off this Sunday from home near the Smokies. I'll ride the Foothills Parkway, the Cherohala Skyway, Great Smoky Mountain Expressway, then the Blue Ridge Parkway to it's northern terminus.

    Rather than ride the BRP back or buzz the interstate I figure some more riding before the cold weather sets in would be a great idea.

    I'm familiar with the region from prior riding but I pulled much of this specific route from Motorcycle Journeys Through North America (Dale Coyner). If there are any must-see POIs or awesome routes I'd love to hear about them.

    Adding in a few days at my parents' I expect this to be about 12-14 days which is what I'd like to target

    A pic is below, a link to the google map is here. Thanks!

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  2. Bigsmokindaddy

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    If you can make it up to south east Ohio there are some amazing roads up there. The most famous one is the triple nickel. They call it the Ohio Alps


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  3. Valker

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    What he said about the 555 plus nearly any road in West Virginia. Here is a LONG video my son shot last month on the 555. No editing or music track.
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  4. 4PawsHacienda

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    If you're routing thru Paint Bank VA then you are definitely going to have a nice ride. Can't see where else your route visits but if Hwy 16 is part of it, good planning.
    If you'll post a link to the actual map with the route or just mention the roads or "towns" I might have a few suggestions.
    Some pre-mapped rides: visitvirginiamountains.com, appalachianbackroads.com/routes
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  5. rcrampton

    rcrampton Been here awhile

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    Thanks guys for pointing out the 555. It's on my list for this trip if I decide to extend it a bit or for next year - I was thinking of the Badlands for a couple of weeks.

    I let the video run on one monitor while I was putting GPS tracks into my GPS, very nice, thanks for sharing!
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  6. rcrampton

    rcrampton Been here awhile

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    Very awesome links, thanks! There are a crapload of routes to pick from, I'll be able to work out a sweet ride back from that.

    I will re-route to ride 16, that wasn't on my map and it should be.

    There's a pic and a link in the OP but the link is kind of buried, here it is explicitly, updated with 16 now :)

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1XTP3kDFuAOMnEVHU5JQBnV96oxY&usp=sharing
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  7. Fddriver2

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    One thing I would suggest is to continue north on Skyline Drive when you get to the end of the BRP. It's only a little more than 100 miles extra and worth it IMO.

    Just a suggestion...... Have fun and post some pictures for those of us stuck at home... :)
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    See you're going thru Burkes Garden, good choice. Mennonite general store "downtown" good lunch stop. Only place I've ever seen camels grazing in a field!
    Inmate here (Lady Draco) has a 'hot dog' stand at the Thompson Valley general store on Hwy 16, if there is a road or a route in the region she can point it out to you.

    Looks like a fun trip, I like the way you plan.
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  9. ClutchDumpinDan

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    If you're looking for gravel/off road/backroads then GPSKevins "New York option" of his TAT track is pretty decent. I rode the BRP south, then that track back north earlier this year.

    After riding the BRP, Skyline Drive isn't worth the ride in my opinion. Plus it's gonna be jam packed this time of year.

    If you haven't been to Max Patch bald mountain outside of Asheville I highly recommend it. The view was as good if not better than Mt. Michell.

    Oh, and Old NC 16 off the BRP is killer if you like tight twisty pavement.
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