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Old 11-18-2012, 04:33 PM   #331
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Made my first visit to the Blue Ridge Music Center

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Old 11-18-2012, 04:34 PM   #332
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:35 PM   #333
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Last pictures of the trip at Otter Lake.
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:35 PM   #334
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:18 AM   #335
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I am usually always trying out some new piece of gear.
For this trip I tried out the LD Comfort shorts. I can say they really made a difference in comfort and would definitely recommend them.

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Old 12-23-2012, 09:03 AM   #336
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Just read a bit of sad news. It looks like Peaks of Otter lodge is now closed. The store at Otter Creak has been closed a few years now and this year the store/restaurant at Doughton park was closed. I couldn't understand why no one is opening them up, but this article sheds some light on that:

http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/317008
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:35 AM   #337
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Stinks. I got married there in 94 and was planning on spending our 20th at the Peaks. Sign of the times I guess. At least the Parkway is still open.
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I did the round in August '09.
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:25 AM   #339
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Stopped to eat at the Peaks of Otter lodge in 2010. It was a bit too pricey for my blood (KLR rider here).

This RR of yours reminds me I didn't make it to the BRP this year and I live fairly close to its northern begining. Maybe next year.
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Old 12-24-2012, 05:21 PM   #340
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Stinks. I got married there in 94 and was planning on spending our 20th at the Peaks. Sign of the times I guess. At least the Parkway is still open.
Perhaps they will get something worked out before your anniversary.
The 1.7 million fee they have to pay to the old occupant seems like a deal breaker on a property that makes 2 mil a year...kind of hard to make a profit. the only person thats good for is the person that gave up the lease.

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Stopped to eat at the Peaks of Otter lodge in 2010. It was a bit too pricey for my blood (KLR rider here).

This RR of yours reminds me I didn't make it to the BRP this year and I live fairly close to its northern begining. Maybe next year.
I agree the lodges are pricey, but it's nice to have the option. I stayed a Mt. Pisgah a few years ago after arriving after dark and in a thick fog. We did some price haggling and it was nice not having to drive down off the mountain in that fog.
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It looks like lots of closings and late openings this year because of budget cuts.
http://brpfoundation.org/news/2013-b...-closing-dates
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:32 PM   #343
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Great Pictures

I may take the scenic route this way from Windsor Ontario to my brothers in Buford Georgia late April. Looks like a good way to explore for 6-7 days. Somewhere here it was said campgrounds are closed until May. Anyone confirm that? Would rather camp than hotel/motel it.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:52 PM   #344
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Sure the Peaks of Otter Lodge is closed? The website seems to present it as open.

The campgrounds around the parkway have independent schedules. Also check Willville Motorcycle Camp.
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I may take the scenic route this way from Windsor Ontario to my brothers in Buford Georgia late April. Looks like a good way to explore for 6-7 days. Somewhere here it was said campgrounds are closed until May. Anyone confirm that? Would rather camp than hotel/motel it.
This is a cut and paste of the 2013 schedule:
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Open Date

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CAMPGROUNDS (For reservation information visit recreation.gov)

60.8

Otter Creek Campground

CLOSED



85.6

Peaks of Otter Campground

24-May

Three loops open for season.

120.4

Roanoke Mountain Campground

CLOSED


Plans to accommodate Sunday afternoon Mountain Music series in development.

167.1

Rocky Knob Campground

24-May

Two loops open for season.


239.2

Doughton Park Campground

24-May

RV loop and one tent camping loop open for season.

296.9

Price Park Campground

24-May

All sites open.


316.4

Linville Falls Campground

24-May

All sites open.

339.5

Crabtree Falls Campground

CLOSED



408.8

Mt. Pisgah Campground

24-May

All sites open.
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