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Old Yesterday, 11:21 AM   #1
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NC Mountain Ride - June 2015

Greetings fellow riders!

I am planning a multi day ride mid June and I wanted to post my proposed route(s). I am open to feedback if someone knows a better road here or there. Keep in mind that I want to keep my daily mileage around 260, so it's an adventure, rather than a race.

This will be my first multi day ride since I ride in Colorado two years ago. Instead of renting, this time I will be on my '98 VFR800. I am keeping my fingers crossed the the recent electrical issues (stator, r/r) will be a distant memory.

I will post the proposed routes this evening for your review.

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4

and finally a picture of my (hopefully) trusty ride...

'98 VFR 800


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Old Yesterday, 04:01 PM   #2
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link to google uploaded.

and yes, on Day 2 I am purposely staying away from the Dragon
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Old Yesterday, 06:39 PM   #3
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If it is a weekend 441 through GSMNP isn't gonna be fun....
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Old Yesterday, 07:32 PM   #4
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If it is a weekend 441 through GSMNP isn't gonna be fun....
Is that a cautionary tale?
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Old Today, 02:23 AM   #5
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Just pointing out that weekends can be busy on that road....
I'd go around it but then I've driven/ridden 441 many times.
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Old Today, 03:07 AM   #6
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Just pointing out that weekends can be busy on that road....
I'd go around it but then I've driven/ridden 441 many times.
That will be on Friday.

I will probably still do it.

I rode the RMNP in 2013. I too was crowded, I'll see if I can find my favorite picture. Me following two mini vans. We're getting held up by three harleys...they would crawl through the corners and then speed on the straights.

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Old Today, 05:55 AM   #7
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You might want to consider this variation on your first day, unless you really like the Interstate:

https://goo.gl/maps/xITjy

Or here is another option:

https://goo.gl/maps/MXNk4

The Brushy Mountains offer a good combo of smooth/fast and technical/slow in the Wilkesboro area.
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Old Today, 06:02 AM   #8
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Just pointing out that weekends can be busy on that road....
I'd go around it but then I've driven/ridden 441 many times.
Miserable would be a better description of 441 through the Park during tourist season. GSMNP traffic is much worse than RMNP traffic in my experience.
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Miserable would be a better description of 441 through the Park during tourist season. GSMNP traffic is much worse than RMNP traffic in my experience.
It would be Friday, but I'm going to take your advice.
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Old Today, 01:14 PM   #10
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The Devils Whip. NC80

Since you're going to be in Marion I would recommend riding The Devils Whip from Hwy 70 in Marion up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Great road and very technical. If you've never been on it, all recommendations are to ride "up" it, South to North. Here's a link in case you were interested.
http://www.thedevilnc80.com/about80.html
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Old Today, 01:21 PM   #11
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Thanks. I'll put that on the list. I'm thinking about doing more in the Central/Northern section and pass on heading as far south. I've done 129 and Cherohola before. Never ridden too much north of Asheville.
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Since you're going to be in Marion I would recommend riding The Devils Whip from Hwy 70 in Marion up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Great road and very technical. If you've never been on it, all recommendations are to ride "up" it, South to North. Here's a link in case you were interested.
http://www.thedevilnc80.com/about80.html
That's rte 80. Great road. Just there last week.

209 is good. 197. Lots of great roads north of Asheville.
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