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    Blue Ridge Parkway

    Thought I'd post about our recent ride.
    A bunch of us rode the Blue Ridge Parkway from Cherokee, NC to Waynesboro, VA last week. 6 did the whole thing (well, with some time spent in the van, as we shared SAG duty...so no one RODE the whole thing), and 2 others joined us for most of it. We had 2 vans following us from hotel-to-hotel, carrying gear, supplies, and food. Picnic lunches were da bomb.
    Lovely views. Great weather. Fantastic time.

    Here's the whole crew at the start:


    Here is DH and me at MM 469 - end of the Blue Ridge, but the start of our ride:


    A typical view:


    At the highest point on the Parkway:


    The guys entering one of 27 tunnels (we hit 26 in the first 2 days...only one tunnel in VA):


    We spent so much time enjoying the views and the company, that we really didn't have time to head up Mt. Mitchell (the highest point east of the Mississippi), but we did spend time at the base. Two did - but we were worried about time on the road and getting to the hotel with enough in us to recover for the next day's ride. We planned about 72-85 miles per day:


    Post ride chips, salsa, and beer...


    ....with a view...


    Remember the saying "Pink sky in the morning, sailor take warning"?? Well, after this sunrise, we saw our only day of rain (actually, very light and misty):


    Hand-out, moving shot:


    Within about 10 miles, we went from the highest point in VA to the lowest point on the Parkway at the James River. Made for a screaming fast, fun, descent:


    The crew at the end, at the intersection of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive:

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    We attempted the Parkway last year.
    Had to abandon due to a horrid front that came in with mid 30's temp, rain, fog and a 25mph breeze.

    Planning on going back next spring to finish what I started.

    Were all sections open? There was a detour last year.

    Congrats. Lots of climbing. Looks like you guys had a great time.

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    Thanks for sharing.
    Blueridge parkway is on my list to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigpen
    Were all sections open? There was a detour last year.
    The whole Parkway was 100% open. We did have to wait twice for an escort through some road repaving and tree clearing closures, but otherwise - we were able to be on the whole thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7rider
    The whole Parkway was 100% open. We did have to wait twice for an escort through some road repaving and tree clearing closures, but otherwise - we were able to be on the whole thing.
    Thanks.
    I just went back through my pictures and cannot wait to get back.
    We too had a van follow. This time my 82 yo father is going to SAG for me.
    It will be memorable few days for sure.

    How did you like that 13.6 mile climb? Near Otter Creek.
    I thought that thing was never going to end. (we went N to S but it appears we both had a 13+ mile climb)

    How much did you guys ride per day? How many days?

    Thanks for sharing. Getting me excited about it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigpen
    How did you like that 13.6 mile climb? Near Otter Creek.
    I thought that thing was never going to end. (we went N to S but it appears we both had a 13+ mile climb)

    How much did you guys ride per day? How many days?

    Thanks for sharing. Getting me excited about it again.
    We went South to North - and found the climbs in NC to be steeper and harder than in VA. The first 35 miles out of Cherokee were seemingly all up hill - at times pushing 15% grades. The first 2 days were hard - I thought. Of course, it was all a challenge, but NC was the worst. (maybe that's just me....lesson learned: don't try this with a brand new saddle! )

    We did the ride in 6 days - Sunday through Friday. We planned about 75-85 miles per day, although no one actually rode the whole way. We had 2 vans - 1 van was operated by a non-riding spouse. The second van we split duty driving: for the first 4 days, when we had 8 riders, we each took a half day off the bike and behind the wheel, setting up rest stops, providing food and drink. The last 2 days, when we had 6 riders, we divided the duty into rough thirds (about 25 miles each). We all tossed money into a kitty, and that was used to buy bagels, snacks, drinks, and lunch stuff. Extra $$ was given to gas for the vans. It worked out really well.

    The whole trip was a blast - I think you'll have a great time when you tackle it again!

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    did you (or someone) have lights? those tunnels are short, but they are not fun w/o one
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    Fat tire Fred....you are the bike god of the universe and unless someone agrees with your reasoning they are just plain stupid

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatTireFred
    did you (or someone) have lights? those tunnels are short, but they are not fun w/o one
    Front and rear lights are required.

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    Yes. We all had lights. We took the headlights off after day 2 - but we kept the tail light on the whole time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigpen
    Front and rear lights are required.


    required in theory, but you can get on and ride the brp without 'em, nobody is gonna stop you
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    Fat tire Fred....you are the bike god of the universe and unless someone agrees with your reasoning they are just plain stupid

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