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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-16-2019, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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Need advice and guidance for Blue Ridge Parkway

After taking the boss on a trip out east last year, it seems to be a new yearly thing.... We are leaving Aug 31st for a nine day trip that will encompass the Parkway. We are meeting some old friends south of Chattanooga the following Friday for a couple of days on the river in a cabin. Leaving from mid-Michigan. Looking for suggestions on timing to enter Parkway from north and end up on the South end Thursday or Friday. For all who have ridden it, take two days? enter early afternoon and stay along way and finish second day. Suggested way points or stay options and opinion on availability that time of year? Not a dude ride, so I am sure there will be stops along the way for pics because " it is just so pretty honey, can we stop and take a picture??" I have ridden pretty much most of the country with my buddies, but I have a good road captain and never have to think too much. Just follow the bike in front of me, try to keep up, and stop when they do... This planning shit is hard math??? Thanks in advance and suggested rides along the way appreciated. Again, leaving Lansing, Mi. on the 31st and goal to end up in Chattanooga on Friday the 6th while throwing the Parkway ride in.

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I’ve ridden parts of it but don’t know much to help out. I too would like more info or where to find out things about it.
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From my experience riding it all in two days would be a hard push, I have done 350 in one day and I was riding with my pal and we didn't stop for anything but gas and nature. If you want to spend any time exploring and goofing off I would seriously think three days would be nice. It depends on the day of the week also. Weekends will have more traffic and you can get held up by long lines of cars, and more cops too. And it also depends on the weather and how fast you ride. I like to go about 60 or so, faster sometimes. Maintaining focus and turning constantly wears me out eventualy.

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After taking the boss on a trip out east last year, it seems to be a new yearly thing.... We are leaving Aug 31st for a nine day trip that will encompass the Parkway. We are meeting some old friends south of Chattanooga the following Friday for a couple of days on the river in a cabin. Leaving from mid-Michigan. Looking for suggestions on timing to enter Parkway from north and end up on the South end Thursday or Friday. For all who have ridden it, take two days? enter early afternoon and stay along way and finish second day. Suggested way points or stay options and opinion on availability that time of year? Not a dude ride, so I am sure there will be stops along the way for pics because " it is just so pretty honey, can we stop and take a picture??" I have ridden pretty much most of the country with my buddies, but I have a good road captain and never have to think too much. Just follow the bike in front of me, try to keep up, and stop when they do... This planning shit is hard math??? Thanks in advance and suggested rides along the way appreciated. Again, leaving Lansing, Mi. on the 31st and goal to end up in Chattanooga on Friday the 6th while throwing the Parkway ride in.

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spay and neuter your pets,
always wear a condom,
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Just rode it last week.

I dropped into Tellico Plains and got a cabin at Tellico Lodge. $125 for a 2 bed big room. They have a garage for bikes and full tool box for your use. It's a great place. Biker friendliest place I ever stay at. Game room. Fishing rods. Neat digs.

Ride over the Cherahola Parkway. You can go north at the end of it up the tail of the dragon. Then head northeast over and into Great Smoky National park. At the south end turn left just before Cherokee onto the beginning of Blue Ride Parkway. Those first 81 miles are the most scenic and takes you along the highest points on the Parkway. Keep going north. It took me 3 days before I got to VA. Watch out for moron tourists stopped around corners taking pictures. Biggest threat IMO.

I'm a west coaster but that's a great ride.

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Two days? I would say it depends if you are talking about riding the entire parkway which starts on Skyline Drive in Virginia or just part of it. I have ridden the entire length and two days is not enough time especially when you factor in any stops for sight seeing, food, etc... The entire length of the parkway is about 470 miles and the max speed on it is only 45 mph with some areas down to 35 and 25, it is also well patrolled by the National Park Service and they do enforce the speed limit. It’s a great trip through some beautiful country and I highly recommend it, but it is a leisurely kind of ride and you should plan your time accordingly.
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Two days? I would say it depends if you are talking about riding the entire parkway which starts on Skyline Drive in Virginia or just part of it. I have ridden the entire length and two days is not enough time especially when you factor in any stops for sight seeing, food, etc... The entire length of the parkway is about 470 miles and the max speed on it is only 45 mph with some areas down to 35 and 25, it is also well patrolled by the National Park Service and they do enforce the speed limit. It’s a great trip through some beautiful country and I highly recommend it, but it is a leisurely kind of ride and you should plan your time accordingly.
2x the above.

I believe the section between Linville Falls, NC and Cherokee, NC (southern/western end) is the most scenic. Might want to figure out how many days you have to ride the BRP and use 35mph as an average speed (accounts for traffic and photo stops) to calculate how many miles of the BRP you have time to ride. To be honest, the BRP gets a little boring after a while. But there are many very exciting roads that criss-cross it along the way and other twisty roads that follow the rivers that are very enjoyable! The Little Switzerland Inn is a great lunch or overnight stop, though a little pricey on the room rate. Spending a half-day (+/-) touring the Biltmore Estate is interesting if you or your spouse enjoys such things.

Also, on your way to Chattanooga, stop by Smoky Mountain H-D in Maryville, TN - it's the coolest dealership and entertainment venue I have ever visited.
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Thanks to all so far. That is great info. That is exactly what I was looking for. When my guys ride, we are usually looking at 300 miles a day roughly. That is average. Some are longer when you need to make miles or jump on the big road for a stretch, some are shorter, because you never know when you hit a spot or town that you are having a good time in with the locals and just call it a day. Great info. Thinking we will really take our time and give it 3-4 days plan and if we hit south too soon, there are great rides around there and we can hit the "Tail" one more time. Our home office is located in Asheville, so we can always swing by and catch up with those folks for a bit (as I work remotely from Michigan). Might get bored, but want to try and run the whole thing. Keep the suggestions coming and much appreciated. That is why I love this forum over any other I have checked out and this is the only one I even look at anymore and check pretty regularly.
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Thanks to all so far. That is great info. That is exactly what I was looking for. When my guys ride, we are usually looking at 300 miles a day roughly. That is average. Some are longer when you need to make miles or jump on the big road for a stretch, some are shorter, because you never know when you hit a spot or town that you are having a good time in with the locals and just call it a day. Great info. Thinking we will really take our time and give it 3-4 days plan and if we hit south too soon, there are great rides around there and we can hit the "Tail" one more time. Our home office is located in Asheville, so we can always swing by and catch up with those folks for a bit (as I work remotely from Michigan). Might get bored, but want to try and run the whole thing. Keep the suggestions coming and much appreciated. That is why I love this forum over any other I have checked out and this is the only one I even look at anymore and check pretty regularly.
If you are in Asheville you may want to try the Diamondback. It’s a great ride that we really enjoy.
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If you are in Asheville you may want to try the Diamondback. It’s a great ride that we really enjoy.
Thanks Molo1. That looks awesome and putting on to do list. The more I look at days available and rides available, thinking we are going to haul ass to Virginia and pick up Skyline and then just spend a few days meandering along the Parkway and spend most of our time hitting these beautiful roads on the south end. Thanks again.
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Thanks to all so far. That is great info. That is exactly what I was looking for. When my guys ride, we are usually looking at 300 miles a day roughly. That is average. Some are longer when you need to make miles or jump on the big road for a stretch, some are shorter, because you never know when you hit a spot or town that you are having a good time in with the locals and just call it a day. Great info. Thinking we will really take our time and give it 3-4 days plan and if we hit south too soon, there are great rides around there and we can hit the "Tail" one more time. Our home office is located in Asheville, so we can always swing by and catch up with those folks for a bit (as I work remotely from Michigan). Might get bored, but want to try and run the whole thing. Keep the suggestions coming and much appreciated. That is why I love this forum over any other I have checked out and this is the only one I even look at anymore and check pretty regularly.
I have a library of routes in that area (and others). You are welcome to view and download. TwistedRides Just click on the routes on the map.
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