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Old 09-09-2013, 06:35 AM   #1
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Skyline drive , Blueridge Pkwy

Heading out Sept 22 bright and early ! Will be doing the Skyline drive , Blueridge Pkwy and the infamous tail of the dragon. Any sage advice or recommendations on must see or do's ? Going solo and plan on camping the whole way.
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:13 AM   #2
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Do the gaps that cross the Blueridge. They are shorter, but more intense than the Dragon, and less slow cruiser traffic. There's one called the Devils Whip near Ashville, and Shoals Mill Rd. near Blowing Rock....gotta be careful on Shoals Mill though, there are lots of driveways. Take Hwy 16 home as far as Ohio....hours and hours of twisties at proper speed limits.
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:23 AM   #3
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Look where you want to go

Poster above has it right though. The BRP is an amazing ride, but there are sooo many good roads that spur off of it or run alongside it. 221 out of Blowing Rock past Grandfather Mountain would be one example - and it doesn't even really take you off course.
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:54 AM   #4
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Best part of the BRP are the roads accessing it.

Limit is 45 on BRP. 50=ticket. Kinda anal about it.
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Old 09-09-2013, 02:02 PM   #5
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Having ridden a good bit of the BRP I can say it is a delightful cruise at low speed with gentle curves and frequent overlooks.
Having ridden up and down the roads that take one to the BRP I can attest that these are a lot more fun.
Having never ridden the "Dragon" I can only say that I have no desire whatsoever to attend such a "Shit-show" of squids going too fast and cruisers going too slow. Throw in a few wannabe formula one racers and a couple of good ole boys with the muscle cars that the south is known for and I will gladly bypass such silliness.
Marketing is the reason that it all happens. To each his own of course.
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Old 09-09-2013, 03:51 PM   #6
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^^ Agree to all the above ^^

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Old 09-10-2013, 10:30 AM   #7
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Camping.

This Spring I rode the Skyline, all of the BRP and The Tail of the Dragon. They should be able to tell you at the start which campgrounds are sold out. I stayed at Big Medow, lots of deer wandering around!! There is no gas, no food anywhere along the road. You have to leave the Parkway to go into a small town to get either.
There is one Visitors Center at each end of the BRP, the one at the South end is much larger, if you are looking for souveniers etc....
If I remember TotD is another hour from the anticlimactic end to the BRP.

The BRP section from my blog of the 16,000 km trip:

http://bmwgseh.blogspot.ca/2013/05/t...kway-diet.html
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Old 09-10-2013, 04:12 PM   #8
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Nice report TOBrit, I read your blog and it seems you had a great trip with memories created for a lifetime !! That's what it is all about eh .
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As tempting as it will be DO NOT speed on Skyline Dr, and watch out for the critters, deer there can not tell time, they wander all day long
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:32 AM   #10
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Nice report TOBrit, I read your blog and it seems you had a great trip with memories created for a lifetime !! That's what it is all about eh .
Thanks, yeah the first part of the trip was fantastic. The 4 day Vancouver to Toronto part was horrendous!! You do kind of get to the end of Skyline, BRP, and TotD looking forward to a bit of straight roads
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:36 PM   #11
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You're gonna love it

Rode this route this spring, two up on a DL1000. The whole area is awesome. Plenty of gravel side roads.... You're GS is going to love it!
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:08 PM   #12
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As tempting as it will be DO NOT speed on Skyline Dr,
Ride like your hair is on fire. What are they gonna do? Extradite you for not paying a speeding ticket?

Seriously though, I speed there regularly but not excessively. It is more likely you won't speed because you will be stuck behind a car plodding along.
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Old 09-11-2013, 09:05 PM   #13
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I've ridden the whole BRP at least 4 times this year and the pavement conditions are pretty good. Don't get lulled into a sense of complacent comfort or it'll come to bite ya.

Advice:
Tuggles Gap has good pie and great bfast.

Print out the fuel stop mileage ahead of time for the BRP

Ride the dragon once as a slow test run at the speed limit and looking for debris/hazards and police hiding.

Keep your head and eyes level on the turn ahead and learn to use good body English to keep the bike more upright/better tire contact patch.

PM me if you have any questions. Like Mica, alone, I do a considerable about of smart and careful double yellow passing on the BRP if I'm trying to "make time" or stuck behind some shlub. Usually it is best to just pull over and wait 2 min for the traffic to move on.
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Old 09-12-2013, 04:16 AM   #14
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There is a little campground at the JCT of the Pkwy and NC 18 in Laurel Springs just west of the BP toward Sparta. There is also a bar/resturaunts called Freeborns. A d gas is just up the road 2 1/2 miles that takes cash only.
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:36 AM   #15
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I posted some tips and pics here after my trip - http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...52022&page=211. Post #3158 has my tips. We went in May and all of the dining spots on the BRP park map were closed, but should be open now.

I thought the Dragon was fun and I enjoyed people-watching at the Tail of the Dragon area, but I also went during the week so it wasn't too crowded.

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