FBAD: Life on the Blue Ridge

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Fast Ferris, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. tastroman

    tastroman Long timer

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    That's the beauty of the Parkway, it attracts motorcyclists, bicyclists, hikers, RV'ers, picnicers, drivers, birdwatchers, and stargazers, all feeding off of the same vibe. God bless the Roosevelt, Harold Ickes and the CCC for their forward vision.
  2. Fireman1000

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    A local dealer here in Huntsville sells those. They are around 30K. I saw one at Deal's Gap last week.
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  4. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    FF you are giving me the fever really bad......BRP fever........the last few times I have been on your thread I end up looking at the calendar then the map thinking about a trip.

    Dar
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  5. Fast Ferris

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    "A parkway like Blue Ridge has but one reason for existence, which is to please by revealing the charm and interest of the native American countryside."
    -- Stanley Abbott, chief Blue Ridge Parkway designer and first superintendent
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  6. Fast Ferris

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    I did some studying up on these last night. Too rich for my blood, but sure looks like a hoot!

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  7. Fast Ferris

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    Lol! There's only one cure for BRP fever, my friend! :ricky
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  8. Fast Ferris

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    From Little Switzerland I continued south down the Parkway. This was pretty heady stuff for me - I don't get down this far very often on a day ride, as it can be problematic making it home by dark.

    However, the weather was intoxicating (still refreshingly cool), and I kept monitoring the "what time will I get home from here if I u-turn right NOW" function on my GPS. I told Sonny and Jennifer back in Blowing Rock that my goal tonight was to be home by 9 p.m., which would leave me the teeniest little bit of daylight cushion (but also, regrettably, run me smack into deer-thirty for the last 60 miles or so).

    The Parkway climbs quickly beyond Little Switzerland and everything, well, changes. The air becomes crisper, the terrain grows even more rugged, and the trees and vegetation changes to something more alpine in appearance. As late in the day as it already was I happily motored on, intoxicated by it all.

    Feeding off the vibe, as Tastroman so eloquently stated above.


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  9. Fast Ferris

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    Mount Mitchell is the highest point of land in America east of Sturgis, South Dakota:

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    I've taken many photos parked in front of this sign over the years, but I think this is a first for the Heritage.

    I stayed only long enough to grab this pic and then climbed slowly down the mountain back to the Parkway. I had decided to forge on to Craggy Gardens and make my u-turn from there, and time was not on my side.

    That said, I savored every moment.
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  10. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    My wife and I love Mitchell, with us being amateur birders with it the high peek in the Eastern fly zone we get to see birds we don't get to see anywhere else, the smell has to be what heaven smells like........in my mind anyway.

    My son and I were there a couple years ago.


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    Sometimes the weather doesn't cooperate, but it just don't matter when you're up there.
  11. Fireman1000

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    I've spent some time in a Slingshot from our local dealer because they're one of the sponsors for our MDA golf tournement. Every year we park different atvs, motorcycles, utvs, etc. I know the owner and he always uses a Slingshot for a display, and I keep in my garage for the weekend. Really fun to drive, but for the money, I'd buy a Jeep or Miata.
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    I don't know if it's the grass, or a certain plant or tree, but there's always a distinct smell that triggers that, "Ahhhhhhhh, I'm finally here." emotion in me.
  13. st2sam

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    You know what guys and gals?

    I've come to the conclusion "The Blue Ridge Parkway" is the East Coast version of 'Highway One"?

    Is it fair to even compare???
    At any rate, Fast Ferris, your post and pics make it seem possible. Thanks!
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  14. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    Well Sir, I have been on both a few time, I feel like highway 1 could have a few more " different types " of views, big rocks, ocean view, bridges, just a different landscape, but it's not in the same class as the BRP, beautiful green rolling mountains that go forever.

    Maybe it's us, but when we get back from a trip to the west we are so happy to see green..... beautiful green.


    This is all my take on it though and others could be different.
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  15. Fast Ferris

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    Great pics! We posed our bikes in nearly the identical spots. :)

    Well said, amigo, couldn't agree more.
  16. Fast Ferris

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    Also very well said. The other day was like that for me, especially as I climbed past 5000 feet in altitude. It's just different up there.
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    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    An uncrowded Mt Mitchell is arguably my favorite single spot in the USA "so far " I hope we're not done traveling yet but after 32 years we've been some amazing places.
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  18. Fast Ferris

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    Like Dar/1GFB, I've ridden both and each has its unique charms. Unlike the Parkway, however, Highway 1 allows commercial traffic.

    Also, the Appalachians are chock full of twisty riding up and down both sides of the Parkway. If you turn due west from Highway 1, you'll quickly need a snorkel. :)

    Gracias, amigo - thanks for riding along!
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  19. Fast Ferris

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    As memory serves, there's only one tunnel along the Parkway in Virginia. In North Carolina, however, there's a plethora of them.

    This is Wildacres Tunnel. It's pretty cool listening to oncoming motorcycles, particularly Harleys, ride through. Kinda like the world's largest Bose speaker.
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  20. Fast Ferris

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    I finally made it to Craggy Gardens:

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    This pic was taken at apx. milepost 365, which puts me about 160 Parkway miles from home. Doesn't sound like that much, but this late in the day, with a Parkway speed limit of 45 mph (and factoring in a fuel stop somewhere), it's gonna be a challenge to meet my self-imposed 9 o'clock get-home target.

    I hated to leave - I'd ridden all day just to get here - but prudence (including a strong dislike of dodging deer after dark) dictated a few quick pix for posterity's sake and then a regrettably hasty departure.