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Old 07-27-2014, 02:29 PM   #1
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Riding the BRP in September

Im planning to ride from South florida to DC in early-mid september. Spend a few days with family and then return via skyline drive and follow the blue ridge parkway until it ends. Then probably spend a day riding around the dragon/cherohala/blood mountain area before heading back to florida.
My normal riding buddy cant make this trip so is anyone interested in joining? I will be camping out along the way. That will be a new experiance for me, any tips? And can anyone tell me what to expect as far as temperatures day/night in the mountains?
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Old 07-27-2014, 02:38 PM   #2
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September in the northeast is a lovely time of year. About 50 deg in the evenings, usually clear and in the 70s during the day. Take a liner with you, and you will be fine. The BRP and Skyline go up in elevation so you may find it a couple of degrees cooler at the top. 30 deg sleeping bag should be ok for camping.
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Old 07-27-2014, 03:58 PM   #3
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I'm leaving for a seven-day adventure down there in Mid-September but going the opposite way as I serpentine the best roads in TN and NC. Should be some great riding weather.
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Old 07-27-2014, 05:10 PM   #4
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Good rain gear is a must.

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Old 07-27-2014, 06:28 PM   #5
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Good rain gear is a must.

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Old 07-28-2014, 06:16 AM   #6
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If you plan on riding the entire Cherhola Skyway/BRP/Skyline Dr in the fall, the thing you'll need most is patience! Too many leaf peepers in RVs doin' 10 under the 45 MPH limit. Frequent heavy fog in the early mornings till 9 or 10ish, and you can get wet just about anytime, any day. Lots of other roads you can access from the BRP that are better with lower traffic volume. I'd list 'em for ya, but I'm not giving away all my secrets….
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Old 07-28-2014, 04:25 PM   #7
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Too many leaf peepers in RVs doin' 10 under the 45 MPH limit.
Leafs will still be green in early/mid September.
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Old 08-06-2014, 10:19 AM   #8
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In June I got off the slow speed but low traffic parkway to make better time. The first vehicle I caught up with in a long no passing zone was running less than 45.
The road did have a gas station and lunch.
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:36 PM   #9
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Not knowing what you are riding, or you style of riding, but you should have a great ride. There are not a lot of Rangers on patrol but you never know when one will pop up. They are generally tolerant of 5 to maybe 10 over the 45 mph limit. For sure 60 mph will get you a ticket. As will passing on a yellow line. There is a Ranger in the Meadows of Dan area that is earning quite a reputation as a genuine Axx hoe. Weather is pretty unpredicatable. Like some one said, fog can be thick, and visibility down to 0. If fog is a problem on the BRP, then you can always find an alternate route, like US 221 that likely won't be fogged in.
One camping spot you should for sure check out is http://www.willvillebikecamp.com/ in Meadows of Dan, just into Virginia from N. Carolina.
There is also a Parkway camp ground at Roanoke on the Mill Mountain Spur. I use a "20 degree" sleeping bag, and that time of year it can be bearly adequate. If your bike does not have heated grips, you can really appreciate them on a damp cool morning ride. Same for a heated vest or jacket liner.
Have a good safe ride!
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Old 08-13-2014, 07:18 PM   #10
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Not knowing what you are riding, or you style of riding, but you should have a great ride. There are not a lot of Rangers on patrol but you never know when one will pop up. They are generally tolerant of 5 to maybe 10 over the 45 mph limit. For sure 60 mph will get you a ticket. As will passing on a yellow line. There is a Ranger in the Meadows of Dan area that is earning quite a reputation as a genuine Axx hoe. Weather is pretty unpredicatable. Like some one said, fog can be thick, and visibility down to 0. If fog is a problem on the BRP, then you can always find an alternate route, like US 221 that likely won't be fogged in.
One camping spot you should for sure check out is http://www.willvillebikecamp.com/ in Meadows of Dan, just into Virginia from N. Carolina.
There is also a Parkway camp ground at Roanoke on the Mill Mountain Spur. I use a "20 degree" sleeping bag, and that time of year it can be bearly adequate. If your bike does not have heated grips, you can really appreciate them on a damp cool morning ride. Same for a heated vest or jacket liner.
Have a good safe ride!
Thanks, Thats exactly the type of info i was looking for, For the record I will be Riding a Suzuki DL1000, Definatly will need to watch the speed on this trip.
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