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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-29-2014, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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Skyline Drive - Shenandoah National Park

We recently moved to Northern VA and are living in the urban sprawl near DC. Friend was at Fort Belvoir for a 10 course and said, "Dude. It's my last week here before I go home. LETS RIDE!" He rented a bike and we did the Skyline Drive in Shenandoa National Forest.

Awesome ride. We took rural roads to get there and took in the VA countryside. Once in the national park we saw black bears twice - up close and personal. Momma bear with two cubs crossing the road and a scruffy "teenaged" loner munching some berries. We talked with a park ranger at one stop and he was telling us the park is an average of 6 miles wide and 100+ miles long. With a road running that entire length - pretty good odds of spotting Yogi.

My son and I are going to ride part of the 100+ mile route today. Hoping he gets to see bears today.

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Yeah, I've ridden the entire length of Shenandoah and the Blue Ridge Parkway a few times, very scenic and fun to ride. There are lots of great things to do just a hop skip off the beaten path along the entire way too.

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me too

I try and do it every October when the leaves are changing. Seen bears and more deer than I cared to once the sun went down.

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I live I'm central MD. Never been but thinking I will soon. Always hear how great the ride is.

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I rode Skyline and Blue Ridge Parkway from around Gettysburg PA to The Dragon, around the Smokies and back. Took it leisurely (7 days). Camping every night. Great ride and the best part was the trip cost me less than $300 for food, gas, and lodging.
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The ride yesterday was great. We didn't do the entire length. Entered Skyline at the very northern end in Front Royal VA. My son is 12 so he has yet to develop an iron butt and I decided to exit Skyline Drive at Thornton's Gap (Hwy 211). Any more riding and he would have become really uncomfortable and it would have stopped being fun. We did see deer several times but, unfortunately, no bear.

Worth knowing......

Once you exit Skyline Drive on to 211 you are presented with a sign (see pic). Good times. The 3 miles of down hill switch-backs are no joke. Perfectly safe if you stick to the posted speeds (+/- 5 mph) but could things could end badly if you decide to be a dumbass and ride fast. Rode this same road in July and my buddy and I saw 6 to 8 bikes pulled over with another on it's side and smashed into the guard rail. Really guilty looking dude and really pissed off looking old lady standing there brushing off the dirt and gravel. No visible injuries / blood. We rolled by really slowly and asked if they were OK. Dude replied, "Nothin' a couple F*&^$ing grand won't fix. Thanks." His lady friend looked at him angrily.

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I rode it last year and loved it, cant wait to do it in the fall that sounds awesome.

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