Bump on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by phillyrube, Sep 12, 2018.

  1. shovelstrokeed

    shovelstrokeed Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2003
    Oddometer:
    5,700
    Location:
    6South Florida
    I have ridden that road from one end to the other numerous times. The biggest problem there is not the curves or the scenery, it is trying to stay below the speed limit. Almost all the curves are gentle sweepers that even the most evil handling bike I owned would have no trouble taking at 70 mph. There are a couple of decreasing radius turns but, even at their tightest, are nothing a competent rider should not be able to handle at well above the 45 mph limit. Law enforcement is scarce at best and easy to spot. My normal goal there is to average 50 without going over 60 which sounds simple until you try it. A moving average isn't too hard but you will need fuel which will kill your average. It is much harder than it looks and brakes are a big no no. The rangers will not hassle you at 50, you might get a flash of the wig wags but they aren't gonna turn around and chase you, 60 might get you a ticket though and they are expensive.
    #21
  2. phillyrube

    phillyrube Long timer

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2010
    Oddometer:
    6,085
    Location:
    Captive in Flatistan...
    How the hell do you wreck on the Spiral??
    #22
  3. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Smoove, Smoove like velvet.

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2009
    Oddometer:
    28,217
    Location:
    Nippon
    Hit the bridge piling on the outside of the bottom of it, thats how.
    #23
    phillyrube likes this.
  4. phillyrube

    phillyrube Long timer

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2010
    Oddometer:
    6,085
    Location:
    Captive in Flatistan...
    Must have been playing with his gps or "infotainment system." I've gone up and down that thing a dozen times, I don't see the degree of difficulty
    #24
  5. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Smoove, Smoove like velvet.

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2009
    Oddometer:
    28,217
    Location:
    Nippon
    Nor I but he couldn't maintain the line going topto bottom.
    #25
    phillyrube likes this.
  6. TheProphet

    TheProphet Retired; Living the Dream

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2014
    Oddometer:
    9,594
    Location:
    NW Illinois, Driftless Zone
    From our keyboards and monitors, we're all totally expert riders who have never erred!!! :lol3


    Interesting how that always seems to be.... :augie
    #26
  7. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2011
    Oddometer:
    3,699
    Since the cop who investigated the accident seemed to find a real problem:

    “My investigation revealed the bump in the parkway was the main contributing factor to the cause of the accident,” National Park Service investigator Cody Skyler Marsh wrote in his report, which included some of his own personal experiences.

    On the way to the wreck scene, “I happened to travel over the bump and even stated out loud ...’I didn’t see that coming,’” Marsh wrote “I believe a contributing factor besides the imperfect road surface is the fact that the (warning) sign is very close to the bump itself ... It’s possible that by the time an operator sees and reacts to the sign that they have traveled over the bump.”

    https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article218154650.html
    #27
  8. shovelstrokeed

    shovelstrokeed Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2003
    Oddometer:
    5,700
    Location:
    6South Florida
    You want a real challenge, take some of the roads leading off the Parkway and down into the surrounding towns. Actually not so much a challenge but interesting as they climb or descend the various grades. Meandering and somewhat more twisty than running the top of the ridges.
    #28
    bikerjim2000 likes this.
  9. jay547

    jay547 Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2011
    Oddometer:
    7,763
    Location:
    Broken Arrow, OK
    It sounds like he has a pretty good case.
    #29
  10. khager

    khager Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,523
    Location:
    Granbury, TX
    No I doubt it, the hurricane is going South now just like this thread!:photog
    #30
  11. William Wolfen

    William Wolfen DR Guy

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2015
    Oddometer:
    2,664
    Location:
    Cypress, TX
    Blue ridge dirt bike trail?
    #31
  12. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2007
    Oddometer:
    16,865
    Location:
    Delaware Ohio
    All I could think of was Warren Zevon... "Send lawyers, guns, and money"... :gun2

    Probably due to ABS, right? :photog
    #32
  13. Zebraranger

    Zebraranger MotoMore

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2017
    Oddometer:
    84
    Location:
    Florida
    I totally agree, been there many times and I'm actually heading back up there in five weeks (hopefully not many rock slides or washouts from the storm). If you're new to the area or not, you have to pay attention and stay alert riding mountain roads thru national forests.
    #33
  14. lkraus

    lkraus Long timer

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2012
    Oddometer:
    1,057
    Location:
    Central Ohio
    If I see a "Bump" sign, I'm prepared to deal with it from the point I pass the sign until I've encountered an actual bump.

    To me the pertinent question is "How far away can you see the sign?"
    #34
  15. tireatr

    tireatr Let's go for a ride

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2014
    Oddometer:
    680
    Location:
    Little Switzerland NC
    For some reason they took those down?? There were a series of them between MM 327 and 313, spiral Curves, but no mas.
    #35
  16. TheProphet

    TheProphet Retired; Living the Dream

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2014
    Oddometer:
    9,594
    Location:
    NW Illinois, Driftless Zone
    People steal them as souvenirs. It's a big problem.
    #36
    tireatr likes this.
  17. Ogre_fl

    Ogre_fl Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2004
    Oddometer:
    4,304
    Location:
    Cook Bayou, FL
    Bump 3.jpg

    The Bump is right at the last arrow, so it is very close to the "Bump" sign.

    Bump 2.jpg bump1.jpg

    BUT.....

    There is another sign before you get to the turn warning of the bump that appears to have been there in June 2016.

    bump 4.jpg
    #37
    jethrocephus likes this.
  18. Ogre_fl

    Ogre_fl Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2004
    Oddometer:
    4,304
    Location:
    Cook Bayou, FL
    Oh and a slow dangerous curve 25 mph sign just before that. (didn't he say he was going 40-45?)
    Assuming all of these were in place in June 2016 before the September 2016 accident.

    Bump 5.jpg
    #38
  19. TheProphet

    TheProphet Retired; Living the Dream

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2014
    Oddometer:
    9,594
    Location:
    NW Illinois, Driftless Zone
    That must be some bump, if it heaved the road enough to move the double white line to the left what looks to be about 3 inches? (3rd Photo).

    Being part of the National Park Service, they - the BRP - also have certain Federal Government Protections from lawsuits such as this one. The idea is to preserve the forest and it's environs, provide a preserve for natural habitat animals, and at the same time allow visitors to enjoy the National Park... at their own risk.

    If a bear attacked you, do you think you could sue the Park Service for negligence? If you were hiking, and a tree limb fell and injured you - do you think a lawsuit would win? Entering a Preserve such as this presents obvious levels of risk, and the signage is very adequate as warning(s).

    They are protected by Federal Law in circumstances like this.
    #39
    lucky13gsa likes this.
  20. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short guy

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Oddometer:
    2,471
    Location:
    Hope "I get there", BC, Canada
    I want to stay far away from that mess. Too many twits. The Highway Thru Hell is way safer.
    #40