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Old 03-01-2005, 08:52 AM   #1
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Question BRP Ride

I have some vacation time coming in the last 2 weeks of April. I was wondering what the riding conditions were like on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It's quite a bit south but the elevation could make for colder type conditions. Any suggestions?
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Old 03-01-2005, 10:32 AM   #2
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I have some vacation time coming in the last 2 weeks of April. I was wondering what the riding conditions were like on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It's quite a bit south but the elevation could make for colder type conditions. Any suggestions?
It'll definitely be cooler on the BRP. Fog could easily be a major problem, as could snow and road closures due to damage from the winter. There's no shortage of good roads around the BRP though, so having to detour isn't too much of a problem.
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Old 03-01-2005, 11:56 AM   #3
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Ditto what Tim said, it'll be chilly and probably pretty foggy in the mornings. ("Foggy" can often mean "50-foot visibility" up there.) And there are some seriously washed-out sections down towards Asheville, it doesn't look like they'll be repaired for some time.
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Old 03-01-2005, 01:00 PM   #4
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check blueridgeparkway.org for conditions and outages then let the fun begin.
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Old 03-01-2005, 01:59 PM   #5
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What Peaches said - April and May can be challenging up there - lots of fog and the last couple years road closures from storms down around Asheville.
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Old 03-01-2005, 02:32 PM   #6
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What Peaches said - April and May can be challenging up there - lots of fog and the last couple years road closures from storms down around Asheville.
I went the last days of April into May. It was great, little traffic, no motor homes. There will be some washouts, some fog, a bit cold and maybe wet. But that is all part of the adventure. The detour might be better than the BRP in some places!
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Old 03-01-2005, 03:27 PM   #7
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The off season means less traffic and better camping
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Old 03-01-2005, 07:39 PM   #8
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I guess I'll wait until a bit later in the season to do the ride there. Late September maybe......

Thanks for the info. I really do appreciate it.
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Old 03-02-2005, 03:03 AM   #9
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I guess I'll wait until a bit later in the season to do the ride there. Late September maybe......

Thanks for the info. I really do appreciate it.
No need to wait to go for a ride, unless you are just determined to ride the BRP and little else.
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Old 03-02-2005, 06:25 AM   #10
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I guess I'll wait until a bit later in the season to do the ride there. Late September maybe......

Thanks for the info. I really do appreciate it.
late September is crowded up there. I'd rather go in late April. fewer people. you can have fog up there any time of year.
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Old 03-02-2005, 07:41 AM   #11
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never delay a ride

the BRP is doable as soon as they open the snowgates (sometimes even before )

I've been up on Mt Mitchell over Easter and we had great swordfights with 4 ft icicles off the rocks ... really amused the few passersby ... now this was back when I was young and foolish
old farts like me would never do anything like that again

sometimes a storm will prompt a local closing (Peaks Of Otter, Craggy, Pisgah, Richland Balsam) but the detour is a part of the adventure

count on a detour from NC80 down to Asheville, the BRP is gone in two spots

"Closures
Two short sections of the Parkway between Linville Falls and Mount Mitchell in North Carolina remain closed due to damaging tropical storms during September. These should be repaired by next season. The park information line at (828)298-0398 has the most updated information including on closures and winter weather conditions."



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Old 03-19-2005, 02:26 PM   #12
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never delay a ride

the BRP is doable as soon as they open the snowgates (sometimes even before )

I've been up on Mt Mitchell over Easter and we had great swordfights with 4 ft icicles off the rocks ... really amused the few passersby ... now this was back when I was young and foolish
old farts like me would never do anything like that again



"Closures
Two short sections of the Parkway between Linville Falls and Mount Mitchell in North Carolina remain closed due to damaging tropical storms during September. These should be repaired by next season. The park information line at (828)298-0398 has the most updated information including on closures and winter weather conditions."



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I'll do that. I'll be on a spanking new R12GS.

Too bad about the damage to the roadway. I hope that it can be repaired quick like.......
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Old 03-19-2005, 03:26 PM   #13
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And here I thought....

Thought that you guys were gonna ride Honda 650s, sometimes referred to as "Big Red Pigs" (BRPs) at least by dirt riders.
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Old 03-22-2005, 06:26 PM   #14
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Kneedragon - I say do it despite the closed sections (unless of course, your express goal is to ride the Parkway in it's entirety). In addition to the Linville-Mitchell stretch the road is also closed between Asheville and Mount Pisgah, but that should be open by early April, at the latest.
There is a decent detour around Mitchell through the valley to the north, passing through Burnsville and then south to Asheville.

I totally agree with the other riders about April-May being one of the best times of the year traffic wise.

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