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Old 03-31-2014, 07:15 PM   #1
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NYC to Asheville, NC - looking for route planning help

We will be heading south from NYC and bound for Asheville, NC toward the end of May.
We are riding (2) bikes - my 1200GS with my girlfriend and I, and a DL650 ridden by my brother.
We are comfortable doing btwn 200-300 miles per day, always with time to stop for lunch and the required photo opps or occasional short hike.
I'd like some help with route planning from some locals who are familiar with the area.
I was planning on riding the whole length of the BRP, but the more I research and float this idea around, the more so-so the feedback is. Seems there are a lot more equally fun, but less "bucket list worthy" type rides in the region - these are the suggestions that we are looking for!

We are on DS bikes, but neither of us have much off road experience; so on road twisties, scenic rides, and maybe some light off road routes would be best for us.

Schedule will go kind of like this;
Day 1 - NYC to Front Royal, VA - slab the whole way
Day 2 - Front Royal to Roanoke, VA - following the Skyline Drive and some of the BRP
Day 3 - Roanoke to ????
Day 4 - ???? to Asheville, NC (Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend)
Day 5 - Day trip out of Asheville but finishing in Asheville (Sunday or Memorial Day Weekend)

I'm looking for some help with days 3, 4 and 5 and planning the riding activities for those days.
We've got hotel reservations for nights 1 (in Front Royal), 2 (in Roanoke), and 4 and 5 (in Asheville) - but night 3 is open depending on where the routes will take us. As you can tell, I am a bit of a planner, so hence my request for info.

Any and all assistance is much appreciated.
If you'd like to PM me directly - I am on this site way too much as it is - so I will get it instantly.

Thanks in advance ADVers of the Southeast.
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:39 PM   #2
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Forget Skyline drive, low speed limit, costs to enter, and heavily patrolled. Going 35mph is agony when you can safely do 50mph!
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:46 PM   #3
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Is that the road TopGear UK were on when they were searching for great roads in the US?
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:00 PM   #4
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Is that the road TopGear UK were on when they were searching for great roads in the US?
Maybe, but it's like a strip joint, all looky no touchy
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:24 PM   #5
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Forget Skyline drive, low speed limit, costs to enter, and heavily patrolled. Going 35mph is agony when you can safely do 50mph!
So what? Take US340 south to Waynesboro and pick up the Blue Ridge parkway for the remainder of the trip to Roanoke? That parts free to ride. Not too many N-S roads right there. 340 is "reasonably" scenic. Better than I81 or US11
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:50 PM   #6
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I don't know Jack

JackPot, but if you guys are near Little Switzerland (BlueRidgePkwy) take 226A to 221 then go south about 4mi to Tom's Creek Rd. That will take you to 80 North back to the Pkwy. Fun loop and BlindKenny might snap a pic of you rollin' thru. There is some good gravel nearby if you're feeling froggy. Check out S.Toe River Rd (access this off of 80) and it drops you off on the BRP then take the Pkwy north 3mi to Curtis Creek Rd. Curtis Creek is mostly downhill and becomes paved near Old Fort with access to I-40. Asheville is probably 15-20min west of Old Fort. Have fun whichever way you go.
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:53 PM   #7
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Whatever you do...

I recommend avoiding Deal's Gap on any major holiday weekend. Go during the week.
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Old 04-01-2014, 03:42 AM   #8
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Maybe, but it's like a strip joint, all looky no touchy
Thanks Devo.
I remember looking at your strom for sale back when you lived in Westchester.
Looks like you've got smart and headed west...you missed a shitty winter here in the Northeast.
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I recommend avoiding Deal's Gap on any major holiday weekend. Go during the week.
Yeah good call, going to avoid all the major namesake routes on this holiday weekend.
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