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Old 01-04-2005, 08:19 AM   #16
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That's my hunch.


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Old 01-04-2005, 09:37 AM   #17
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That's my hunch.


It isn't a time issue as much as a $$ issue, sadly..... Don't let it stop you going, I rode it and Skyline going up to meet my wife in VA, had a blast!


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Old 01-04-2005, 09:59 AM   #18
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Yo- Rcompt... is that Sport??? Single spark, yeller, but no blacked out engine.... what combo is yer bike???
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Old 01-04-2005, 10:10 AM   #19
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Nice pics.

Unfortunately it's worse than I thought ...

Hope it's done by June in time for my 1st Annual "Ride The Length of the BRP Before The Sun Sets" ...
Good luck. The BRP can be slow travel, and the penalties for speeding have gone through the roof. Besides, why would you WANT to blast through the parkway in a single day? IMO the best parts of the parkway are the relaxed pace, incredible scenery, and the luxury of having no particular agenda whenever I travel it. It is still one of my alltime favorite trips.
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Old 01-04-2005, 10:28 AM   #20
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Yo- Rcompt... is that Sport??? Single spark, yeller, but no blacked out engine.... what combo is yer bike???
Standard '03 GS (w/ABS, not the sport). I have pimped it out a little since... you ride a yeller one too, don't you?

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Old 01-04-2005, 10:45 AM   #21
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Yeah- I'm the leading defender of "Sun Yellow" in these parts~ Here's mine loaded up and headed for the BRP for the weekend~

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Old 01-04-2005, 05:19 PM   #22
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Good luck. The BRP can be slow travel, and the penalties for speeding have gone through the roof. Besides, why would you WANT to blast through the parkway in a single day? IMO the best parts of the parkway are the relaxed pace, incredible scenery, and the luxury of having no particular agenda whenever I travel it. It is still one of my alltime favorite trips.
I agree with you on many points. Here's why I want to do it in one day:

1) It can be done intelligently, and at a reasonable pace (say 55 MPH).
2) It is a lot of fun at that pace.
3) I've done Waynesboro-Asheville in one day, but not the whole thing.
4) It's there.
5) It's my idea of fun.

I've ridden it many times, and during every season (I live 20 minutes from the start). From January-March there are typically no other vehicles up there, and that's fun too, but it gets dark quickly, and sections are typically closed due to ice etc. Hence the "late June" idea.
"Relaxed pace" = under 45? It could still be done -- just plan on not eating lunch, and bring the EZ-Leaker. Seat time, not high speed, is the key here.

If your concern is regarding bikers ripping down the BRP giving us all a black eye, I understand. Trust me.
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Old 01-04-2005, 08:19 PM   #23
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If your concern is regarding bikers ripping down the BRP giving us all a black eye, I understand. Trust me.
Nothing like that. Instead I was thinking that the BRP, placed in such a unique setting, is way too beautiful to blast through. I swear I could spend nearly a week there and be happy. Camping at different areas, seeing the local roads and towns just off of the parkway, or just hanging out on Mt. Mitchell escaping the rush of civilized life. Every time I get on that road I feel like I don't have enough time to do everything I want to do. But to each their own!
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Old 01-04-2005, 08:43 PM   #24
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I swear I could spend nearly a week there and be happy. Camping at different areas, seeing the local roads and towns just off of the parkway, or just hanging out on Mt. Mitchell escaping the rush of civilized life.



That makes sense to me.
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Old 01-04-2005, 09:07 PM   #25
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Here I am, about 30 miles from the north end, stopping to smell the roses on Jan 1:


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Old 01-05-2005, 04:43 AM   #26
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Here was my view from up there on the 1st - it was more like a lunar eclipse

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Old 01-05-2005, 06:46 AM   #27
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WTF is with that bottom sign?! Did you photoshop that in there? And what does it mean?
- Do an "Indian Larry" around the next curve.. or
- be sure to get some air while no hands and standing on your seat.

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Old 01-05-2005, 07:05 AM   #28
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WTF is with that bottom sign?! Did you photoshop that in there? And what does it mean?
- Do an "Indian Larry" around the next curve.. or
- be sure to get some air while no hands and standing on your seat.
Those signs are about a year old, and I laughed hard when I first saw them. They're real.

As to what it means ...

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Old 01-05-2005, 07:38 AM   #29
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I did the BRP in 3 days one time, 2 days another. Both trips made for fun, and 55 mph is a great speed to ride it. I generally skip the Skyline end (speed limits too low, more crowded from the DC folks) and take the local roads at the eastern base of the ridgeline instead.

BTW, I liked the "decreasing radius" sign so much I made it my avatar after the trip. They've been there since at least 9/2003.






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Old 01-09-2005, 04:54 PM   #30
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This one scares me too ... damn intolerant Southerners ...


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