I'm in Wilmington, NC and enjoy trips to various parts of the Blue Ridge.
It has simply become BORING to ride thru the coastal plain of NC to get to
the mountains some 5 to 7 hr (if non-stop) and mostly slab. I just won't do it anymore. I've had lots of fun before and this is not it!
A handy trailer is my fav for this. It also expands camping opportunities with
a large cooler and some chairs. When at destination, the bike is lite and handy and it feels like a vacation to ride.
Too often I have met long distance riders moving so swiftly thru the areas that I really enjoy that they sadly miss some of the better rural roads and great sites off the BRP.
Don't discount trailering to make long distance tolerable!