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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Extremenc, Jan 23, 2017.
4x4?! I'd have done it in a rental Malibu! Because I have...poor thing.
I love this thread. I haven't been in the area since New Year's Eve/Day and I was in the truck. However, I just applied for a job at App State, so HOPEFULLY I can call this area of NC home in the near future.
Good thread! Heading down this way in two weeks. What should I expect for temperatures along the BRP? What's the average high and low in the valleys vs mountains?
Just wondering how uncomfortably hot it may be sleeping in a tent or potentially cold in elevation. I plan on taking a lightweight sleeping bag and a pair of thermals to cover both extremes.
Well, rental cars do make the best off road vehicles. :)
That is a loaded question. it really depends on where you'll be staying along the BRP. It can be still quite warm along the lower elevations of the Parkway, say in VA, but when you get to Sparta, Mt Mitchell, Mt Pisgah, Balsam, it's like going 500-1000 miles north. Look at the elevation you plan to camp near. Anything near or over 3000 ft should be comfortable most nights in the summer. 4,000+ is a bonus, 5,000 Like the campgrounds at Pisgah or Back country camping at Mitchell can be 45-50 in the morning quite often. Expect mornings off the peaks to be near 58-62. If the weather calls for rain it'll be more muggy, just like where you are likely coming from. Have fun!
This guy camps
Here is a video of the Walker Mountain Road riding back toward Highway 52. Not a very good video, but for those that haven't rode it maybe it will give you some insight into how much fun it is. The video editor wouldn't work tonight so I just uploaded the whole video. Click through to around 4 minutes to start seeing some of the scenery change:
43 degrees this morning at Mt Mitchell...Have to be ready for anything up there.
Thanks for checking in with us jmckeown88! Always contact us if you are riding this way. You live in a beautiful part of the country! Central to whatever riding anyone can choose to do. I am going to ride a couple of days soon in the Appalachia, Big Stone Gap and Norton Virginia area in the Jefferson National Forest. This is South East of Hazard and Pikeville, Kentucky. I'm interested to find out more about the large expanse of coal company owned land that is directly north of Appalachia. Wondering if it is rideable with my GS, and how to get permission to do so. Have you ridden in this area?
I have not gotten to ride any of the coal land. Lexington is 3+ hours from coal country, so it's difficult to make a day trip out of it, and my riding buddies and I are only now getting into unlaced riding. Our last trip down your way, we spent almost as much time checking out forest service roads as we did twisty paved bits, and we'd love to do more! The Kentucky Adventure Trail has some of that I believe - have you seen that track & thread?
If you see two 6th gen VFR's and a r1200r on a forest service road, you've found us! (My buddies may need to try and get slightly more suitable bikes for this kind of riding haha)
Hate it when the road gets good and is promptly gated off. Happens all too often!
An adventure ride is more of a mindset than equipment!
Hey all. Glad I found this thread. I ride my 800 GSA up in Pisgah NF all the time...near Lake James and am always looking for new roads and riding buddies. Always open for a day ride or a weekend moto camping trip.
As a recent transplant to the Raleigh area, I look forward to exploring some of these roads. I have also just added an XR to the sable while not a true ADV bike, it is adventureish.
Black mountain CG is my favorite, and the FS road up to the BRP is a bonus.
the top of Mitchell is one of my favorite places in the U.S.
My wife and I just spent 7 days in Cataloochee CG and tore up all the gravel from Brevard to Hot Springs, we rode as much as we could with the time we had, 400 miles of gravel.
I'd be interested in that ride report
I am usually up for riding a day during the week every week. I look for the most rain free day, then ride.
Man I love this thread. Maybe I can contribute more now that I'm back in the adventure bike game.
Ya know Nate. This motorcycling is a pretty fun thing isn't it, whatever turn it takes. Lets ride some day if you can take off on a weekday.