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Old 02-11-2014, 05:48 PM   #46
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Keep it all coming...I'm taking notes.

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Old 02-19-2014, 01:06 PM   #47
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very useful

http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/v.php?pg=50
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Old 02-21-2014, 10:34 AM   #48
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http://freebornes.com/FBN/index.html

Mile post 248 on the Parkway. I've stayed there many times. Clean rooms, good food, motorcycle friendly.

but the camping there is the worst...$20 bucks for a chemical toilet and no showers.
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Old 03-02-2014, 05:10 PM   #49
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And if you come into this area at the wrong time, you will get stuck in a shit ton of traffic. You don't want to waste your time

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The parkway can be slow and frustrating. But you should do it once. Pay attention to all the wonderful side roads down the mountain. Rt 8 down to Floyd. Rt 56 down to the bottom and back with a quick hike to crabtree falls. 211 down the mountain to the east.

To get home 33 or 250 to 42. Look for roads that cross mountains if you want to have fun.

Dc is overrated. Run into Dulles and hit the air and space there then get the heck out of Nova. Personally I'd skip the entire northern section from waynesboro north. Low speed limit and pay to play. Just go west on 250 toward Monterrey or down into the valley on 11 and north. Or charlottesville with Monticello and Montpelier just north and the u va campus and its architecture.

You miss a ton by staying on the parkway.

Save Dc for a different trip where you wont worry about the bike and crappy Nova drivers.
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Old 03-19-2014, 06:07 AM   #50
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Is April too early for BRP?
Map shows tons of it closed currently
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Old 03-19-2014, 06:14 AM   #51
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Is April too early for BRP?
Map shows tons of it closed currently


It should open soon. Nights are still cold and ice at the higher elevations hasn't melted. We will have several warm days and a section or two will open. Then another wintry blast and shut down everything but the Asheville commuter route and up around Boone...

You can expect cold nights still in April but roads should be open. No word yet if Heintooga Ridge Road will open this year. It was closed due to budget last year. Not sure if the politicians will rock that boat this year or not.
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Old 03-19-2014, 02:18 PM   #52
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Planning on running it from start to Asheville mid April on the way to FL
Will keep an eye on it, Thanks!
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Old 03-19-2014, 02:43 PM   #53
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Don't stop at Asheville

Some of the best stuff is south of the 'Ville! Lots of tunnels, great views and very twisty.
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Old 03-20-2014, 06:30 AM   #54
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Here in the VA/NC border region of the BRP the road closes frequently for weather - limbs & trees down or fog (clouds) covering stretches. This is not a problem if you're here to ride. There are side roads that parallel the BRP and are state (well) maintained, never close. Just get off the Parkway and get back on it 15 - 20 miles later; time for a pit stop anyway. Some good fast riding and super scenery just off the BRP.

It's a slow ride and monotonous in sections but worth the time. Relax and enjoy the scenery - it's all about the journey.

March definitely iffy around here, April better but still "moist". Late Sept and early Oct crowded with leaf peepers.
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:29 AM   #55
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Waynesville to Asheville opened this morning....

Could close again but that is a good sign.
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Old 03-23-2014, 07:59 AM   #56
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Keep it all coming...I'm taking notes.

I have a place you can camp at North end of Skyline Drive in Front Royal. 1 hr from DC. PM if interested.
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Old 03-23-2014, 10:18 AM   #57
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We've decided to do this ride north to south. We'll head straight from Vinemont, Al up to Front Royal the first day, a long hard boring day, but we've decided to get this ride over with. The rest of the trip will be a mire relaxed pace, planning on 6 days total.

I'm still looking and researching stops along the way. Keep the info coming.
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Old 03-24-2014, 02:26 AM   #58
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We've decided to do this ride north to south. We'll head straight from Vinemont, Al up to Front Royal the first day, a long hard boring day, but we've decided to get this ride over with. The rest of the trip will be a mire relaxed pace, planning on 6 days total.

I'm still looking and researching stops along the way. Keep the info coming.
That will be better, I did South to North, and I thought the better riding was on the southern end of the BRP, by the time we got to the north end it was a little boring (Although I only went to the VA border). You definitely need to check out Frog Holler Cabins if it fits in with your schedule, really great place to stay. And they offer guided winery tours.

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Old 03-26-2014, 11:28 AM   #59
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According to the Great Smoky Mountains Association Heintooga Ridge and Balsam Mountain reopen May 23.

http://smokiesinformation.org/news/d...m_medium=email
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Old 03-26-2014, 11:32 AM   #60
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According to the Great Smoky Mountains Association Heintooga Ridge and Balsam Mountain reopen May 23.

http://smokiesinformation.org/news/d...m_medium=email
That is great news. I was afraid it would not open this year...
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