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Old 01-28-2014, 11:30 AM   #16
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I'll be on a Super Tenere....thanks for the info, I've never heard of that road...something to put ON THE LIST.

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Just up from Campmilehigh is Heintooga Roundbottom Road, an 28 mile one way dirt road that takes you down to Cherokee. It was closed all this year with all the govt. b.s. but hopefully will be open next year. Not sure what type of bike you will be on but I have taken an FJR down it without issue.

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Old 01-28-2014, 12:26 PM   #17
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Pisgah Inn

Try to have time for a meal at the Pisgah Inn. If you get to Maggie Valley be sure to make a stop at Wheels Through Time. A stop at Grandfather Mountain is a nice diversion as is the ride to the top of Mount Mitchell. The Great Smokey Mountains National Park and Cades Cove is a good ride.

The weather in May can be pretty unpredictable so bring lots of layers and good rain gear.
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:12 PM   #18
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Ya'll need more than 6 days to fit all this in.
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:10 PM   #19
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Ya'll need more than 6 days to fit all this in.
The more suggestions I get, the more I search the maps....I'm up to 17 days so far....I really wanted to do something Spring Break with the kids, but I guess they can sit home since I need all my vacat for this 1 trip.

Well, we may make it a series of several 4 day trips every other week for 3 months or so.
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:34 AM   #20
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i camp at BRMC in Cruso. After coffee, breakfast, and breaking down camp i load up and head out. I normally get to willville around 2-4pm. if at all possible, you want to be at willville on friday night. theres really good bluegrass on fri nights about 15 miles from there, a little town called floyd. I avoided it for years because of deer after dark. Now i just ride really slow :) 13 deer and a black bear on my last ride back to willville at dusk.
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:56 AM   #21
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The more suggestions I get, the more I search the maps....I'm up to 17 days so far....

Well, we may make it a series of several 4 day trips every other week for 3 months or so.


This really is not a bad plan unless you want the feather in your cap for going straight through...

My personality leads me to explore and I have a really hard time staying on the BRP for a long period of time although it is my favorite road. The section from Cherokee to Asheville is outstanding. Speed around Asheville drops to 35 and is patrolled since people use it to commute. Skyline is also 35 and that is also hard to handle for miles and miles.

There are some great dirt roads right off the parkway to explore. The area around Mills River near Asheville is nice and connects back to 276. Take the time to do some of the short hikes if possible. Devils Courthouse is short but steep and offers great views.
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:49 AM   #22
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Just up from Campmilehigh is Heintooga Roundbottom Road, an 28 mile one way dirt road that takes you down to Cherokee. It was closed all this year with all the govt. b.s. but hopefully will be open next year. Not sure what type of bike you will be on but I have taken an FJR down it without issue.

Nice rig, is there a fuel cell in the hack? A Sporty with a side car and a stock tank can't go to far! AB:-)
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:53 AM   #23
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I've been doing some studying....Cherokee or Cruso the first night, then somewhere around the Roanoke area for night #2.....
That's pretty ambitious. The speed limit on BRP is 35mph (enforced) and the scenery deserves that you don't rush.
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:03 AM   #24
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Nice rig, is there a fuel cell in the hack? A Sporty with a side car and a stock tank can't go to far! AB:-)
Thanks, I sold it a couple years ago and really wish I would have kept it. Hindsight.

No fuel cell, it was bare bones. I had a 100 mile range. When I sold it I rode it 960 miles to Iowa to deliver it, rented a car and bought a BMW/Hannigan rig in Missouri and rode it home. Ironically due to the worse mileage of the BMW my range is only 120 miles.
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:22 PM   #25
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One day I will find a hack for my shovel. AB:-)
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:27 PM   #26
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Are you going to be two-up on the Tenere?
My wife prefers to rider there, park up and jump on the back of me till we are ready for the next leg.
The problem with me is I'm not interested in smelling the roses, I'm looking at the map thinking" That looks a wicked road!" She's looking going " Oh, look there's a water fall there" so we have to compromise.

Wife's looking over my shoulder and just shouted!
"ya, your terrible for that!!"

Who me?????
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:05 PM   #27
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That's pretty ambitious. The speed limit on BRP is 35mph (enforced) and the scenery deserves that you don't rush.
Actually, the speed limit on the majority of the Parkway is 45 mph. It does drop down to 35 mph around congested areas, etc. - you can expect more enforcement in those zones naturally...
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Actually, the speed limit on the majority of the Parkway is 45 mph. It does drop down to 35 mph around congested areas, etc. - you can expect more enforcement in those zones naturally...
It also depends on who stops you. I was clocked doing 68 in a 35 up there and the officer just gave me a warning when he saw I was a local. You would think it would be worst cu's I know better.

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I should have offered him some of the illegal Moonshine I had in my panniers....shit, I bet he buys from the same guy on Brown Mtn
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:12 PM   #29
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http://www.oddfellascantina.com/

This place is in Floyd, VA. There are some B&B's in town. Friday, Saturday and Sunday is live bluegrass at the Floyd Country Store. It's a neat little town and only a short ride from Willville Motorcycle Campground in Meadows of Dan, VA.
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:19 PM   #30
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People can flame me but Cherokee is a hole and if you get stuck in traffic there are very few places to pass.

Edit: Very important, DO NOT ride the parkway at dusk.
Common sense, but you don't want the trip cut short because of a deer.

Rode from ME to NM last Oct and home across the south and north up The Tail of the Dragon and Blue Ride Parkway. Must admit - Cherokee is a hole. Skip it. Holly Springs and other areas are nicer. Also - We got off at 181 Jonas Ridge Hwy just south of Linville and continued north on 221 to Deep Gap. Awesome riding.

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