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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by rockinrog, Oct 14, 2010.
How chilly did it get at nighttime ?
Thank you.. on my way south it was pretty mild. Coming back north the mornings were pretty cool starting out in the mid 30s I'd say.
You're a better man. You must have a -20 F. degree sleeping bag. The dew on my bike in , outside my hotel in Roanoke, started freezing once I got on parkway on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019.
It ended up I did 3 nights in hotels and 3 nights camping. I always stay in Cherokee and it rained most of the day I was there so I just stayed 2 nights. I have a 0 degree down bag and that keeps me plenty warm. I usually only get cold when I have to pack everything up.
One i am on the bike I have a warm n safe electric liner and that keeps me toasty.
This overlook is at the turn off to Mount Mitchell.
These next few were taken in the Graveyard Fields area.
The Parkway from Black Balsam Knob Road
I live just north of Atlanta and we can do a good part of the southern end of the BRP (Asheville +) on a day ride. I've done the whole thing several times, including the Skyline. Don't even consider going anywhere near there on weekends in the fall. It's a parking lot. Weekdays are the best, with no traffic or cops. NO fuel ON the parkway, but plenty of access just off the parkway. There are a few restaurants on the parkway (Pisgah Inn, etc) and shops for snacks.
You might want to look up "Road Closures" on the Parkway before you leave. https://www.nps.gov/blri/index.htm They will often have several sections closed for repaving, storm damage, etc during the warm months. The detours are usually well marked and can be a lot of fun riding, too.
For those that like to "primitive camp", there are many fields, orchards, and open woods that can be used right on the parkway if you are discreet and out of sight of the main road. If you are at the southern end be aware that there are ELK wandering everywhere, but usually in the fields nearer Cherokee. An elk makes a whitetail deer look like a chipmunk.
The southern end (higher elevations) of the BRP can be 10-20 deg F cooler than the roads leading to it. Great for July-August riding. We got on the parkway last summer at US 23- 74 and headed north, just behind a kid on an old HD chopper with ape-hangers wearing jeans, a helmet, and an open leather vest flapping in the wind. The parkway climbed steadily and the temperature dropped steadily. In 15 min at 45 mph he was done, from hot to hypothermic. We were ATGATT and good.
I don't know if I have posted these pics,
I didn't realize you could park so close to the campsite at Mt Mitchell. I thought they were walk in.
It's Black Mountain CG on S.Toe River road, my wife and I stay there and hike the trail up to the top, the worst part of our bike trip is it rained for a couple of days without stopping, and it was low visibility so I couldn't show my son and friends how awesome the views are.