In september of last year my father (Parallaxbill) and I decided to take the msf course offered by our local community college and then buy motorcycles. I a 2013 DR650 and he a 2013 KLR650. We have since rode almost every weekend with few breaks in between. We have talked about doing a camping ride featuring the Blue Ridge Parkway ever since. Last weekend we made it happen. It had been a long while since he had camped primitively but I had enough gear for both of us. We packed up the bikes friday afternoon after we both got out of work. We headed out of Monroe, NC towards Rock Hill, SC to avoid the crazies in Charlotte. From there we followed SC 5 towards Blacksburg, SC where we got on HWY 29 to Gaffney in route to HWY 11 aka the Chesnee Highway or Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway. We found 11 pretty boring riding but the views were decent. Still better than riding on 74/64 on dual sports though. Just past Lake Keowee we turned north on HWY 130 and the views and riding much improved. From there we took a connector at Bad Creek called Pine Ridge Rd (state 37-413) to HWY 107 into NC. The ride from here on was more of what we expected. We continued on 107 through Cashiers and Glenville with great views of the lake at Glenville then along the Tuckaseegee river towards Cullowhee. I went to school at Western Carolina University for a year in Cullowhee, NC and became very familiar with the roads and forest service roads around it, part of the reason we planned this leg of the trip. I had never been on these roads on a bike though. We decided to take Caney Fork road to Moses Creek rd to forest service roads that lead to Lost Knob where I have camped quite a few times before. It was getting dark and the roads were fairly unknown to us but they weren't in too bad of shape. Dad had one off when we missed a turn do to loose gravel but only suffered scuffed crashbars and a sore shoulder. We went all the way to the parking lot at Lost Knob before turning around and coming back to find a campsite near Deep Gap. Tent and hammock were deployed and alcohol stoves were fired up for dinner. With bear dogs running all night and some sort of UFO that my dad heard, sleep was a little hard to come by. There was also a bit of rain than hit the trees but never seemed to find our canopies. In the morning we had coffee and oatmeal and it was back on the trail. We headed SLOWLY back down to Moses Creek and out to Hwy 107. From there we found our bearings and took 107 through Sylva to 441 towards Cherokee and got some gas along the way. We got on the Blue Ridge Parkway just out of Cherokee and it was perfect. The weather was 70's and slightly cloudy so far. My only drop of the trip came at the first overlook north of Cherokee where I simply forgot to put my feet down when I stopped. No damage, no harm done except to my pride. The parkway was everything we expected it to be, great views and great riding. We stopped at quite a few overlooks along the way. We planned to stop in Asheville for lunch but after riding around in downtown looking for parking and a near miss with a large SUV we decided to hit Cheddars on the outskirts of town to avoid any more problems. From Asheville we got back on the Parkway toward Linville on wet roads and a good bit of fog and low clouds along the way. Made for some very interesting riding. We got off in Linville to get gas and spotted a DRZ and a Husky of some sort loading onto a trailer, but they were gone before we got done filling up on gas and water. From there we headed down 183 towards Old 105 along the Linville Gorge. We checked quite a few campsites on the north end but ended up setting up about midways down the road in a nice spacious site. After dinner we had a cigar and a drink under my tarp and went to sleep under some very heavy rain. It was a good test for us and our gear, which worked nicely to keep most everything dry. In the morning we skipped breakfast since it was still raining and headed down Old 105 towards Hwy 126 (really nice riding, even in the rain) to 64 to Morganton. Rain was spotty as were our electronics and communications. We got on 18 and stopped for breakfast at a gas station and talked to a few locals and headed on our way. From there to 27 in Falston to 274 south in Bessemer City where we paused to take off rain gear and plug comms/phones back up and headed home. We had pretty much clear skies from there to Newport, SC and Rock Hill towards home. I think we learned a lot from this trip and the only real problems we encountered were phones and intercoms running out of battery and not being able to charge in the rain. The Frogg Toggs raingear as well as most of our camping gear worked just like it was supposed to. I can not wait until our next trip and it will be posted here on this ongoing thread. Like I said before, we ride almost every weekend and this is going to be a place for us to post our adventures. Hope you enjoy.