Thanksgiving NYC to GA and Back

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Tazdeviloo7, Sep 14, 2017.

  1. Tazdeviloo7

    Tazdeviloo7 2014 DR650

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    Hi All,

    I'm planning a trip during Thanksgiving week from NYC to Georgia during on my 14’ DR650 with 13k miles. I’m expecting the temps to be averaging 50 during the day and mid 30’s at night. I’d be camping some nights and want to do most of the way through national forests then quickly come back up on mostly interstates. I know this would be challenging in terms of keeping warm and I’m wondering if I should just rent a car. What are your thoughts?

    For some background, I daily commute about 9 months out of the year so I have gear for the cold. Roadcrafter suit, heated fleece, heated grips with muffs, full length alpinestars goretex boots. I’ve also car camped in the winter so I know you freeze your ass off at night, but I have the gear for that too. Did a 2600 mile trip around Lake Eerie summer 2016 camping most days off the bike.

    General Route: https://goo.gl/maps/naXURx8u9DD2

    General Itinerary: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1YhTVZetrFLqo9m0r-QXWSXtiEAMWbzhfg8ZivXSklIk/edit?usp=sharing
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  2. Switchglide12

    Switchglide12 Been here awhile

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    It all depends on the weather as long as there is no snow you can do it. I did fly and ride last year during Thanksgiving week from Fort Lauderdale FL to Northern NJ with out getting on highway. I plan on 6 days. 2 days from FL to Asheville NC those were long 2 days roughly 400 miles a day. From Asheville NC to home in New Jersey 4 days mostly on BRP then Skyline drive. You will definitely need heated gear. I was able to camp in FL. Once in NC up in the mountains it was to cold for my blood, so I stayed in hotels. Good luck with your trip.
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  3. tellicotom

    tellicotom Been here awhile

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    Depends on your schedule flexibility and the weather. Doable, most likely. Fun? That depends. We live in Knoxville and go to SW Pennsylvania to visit family pretty often. We almost never take the bikes. I don't like to take the Interstates and the backroads double the time. Throw in some rain/snow and Holiday traffic and I'd rather be at work! Days are very short too, many times the fog doesn't lift till 10:30.
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  4. Tazdeviloo7

    Tazdeviloo7 2014 DR650

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    I guess enjoying the trip is what it comes down to. I'll most likely do it on the bike unless there's snow forecasted and plan to AirBnB instead of camping unless it's unusually warm. Short days mean setting up camp at night in the cold. I'm not worried about traffic on the way to GA, but I suppose coming back there may be some.

    Any route suggestions along the way? I'm more or less planning to go through all the national park back roads on the way down including the tail of the dragon then taking interstates on the way up crossing over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and stopping somewhere for the night for the night between Raleigh, NC and NYC.
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  5. Tazdeviloo7

    Tazdeviloo7 2014 DR650

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  6. Maniaxe

    Maniaxe Adventurer

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    It is doable, depends on your time frame. I've done the VA-NYC and the Raleigh-NYC before both late September/October pretty much near exact routes. Bundled up in good gear, I wouldn't hesitate to do it in Nov although that elevation change makes a huge difference along with cloudy or wet weather. My downfall riding in the cold is I always forget how much energy the cold steals away from you. I just multiply my estimated time by 1.5 or even 2 in the chilly months and make sure I don't HAVE to be back by a certain date. Make sure to check out BRP closures.
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  7. 4PawsHacienda

    4PawsHacienda Long timer

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    I live along the BRP in VA, Thanksgiving is a crap shoot.
    Try it, if the weather totally sucks head to a coastal route.
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  8. scootac

    scootac Just a Traveler

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    To me....there's nothing colder than wind, rain, and 35-40 degrees.
    All miserable by themselves....but put all 3 together for that distance.....a car would feel damn good!!!

    Late November is a total crap shoot.
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  9. 4PawsHacienda

    4PawsHacienda Long timer

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    I'm familiar with your route thru VA & NC mtns. Some good roads, worth a long weekend just in that area.
    Trip back not too bad either.
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  10. Tazdeviloo7

    Tazdeviloo7 2014 DR650

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    Thanks for the tips. I will definitely bail for a car if there's any snow predicted. Plans have changed a bit since I'm heading to Ohio instead, but I may still do the blue ridge parkway route then head north. I'll keep you guys posted when the time comes.
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