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Took a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway as planned this weekend, some really good riding and sights but the most memorable was my ride in the clouds near Mount Mitchell. Got a bad feeling headed in that direction, and shoulda turned around but came around a big turn directly into the clouds, I mean thick, dark, wet, cold clouds. Visibility less 5-10 yards at times. Kept thinking we'd punch through, only got worse. Was wondering if any others got caught up there in the same soup.​
 

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I thought about some pics but then thought, of what, I could barely make out the tail lights of the guy in front of me. The good thing was it was so bad, everyone seemed to be exhibiting a lot of self control, also good that there were 2 bikes in front of me and 3 behind, all driving very carefully. Only knew the one behind me though.​
 

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Did that a few years ago on the traveling State HOG show, which started in Mt Airy and moved to Blowing Rock then Asheville. Got to Blowing Rock and it rained all night which made the fog and cool air move in. The next morning sprinkles and fog bad enough that you could not see 5 feet in front of you. Road the parkway for a mile or so, but it was so bad we got on on 221 and worked our way down the mountain.

Extremely dangerous when it gets like this....
 

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That is some scary stuff to ride in. We came across conditions like that in the Chinook Pass headed to the PNW M&G . Our added bonus was a Rock slide that we came across. Luckily there was a Humvee in front of us.

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My buddy & I both wish we'd have turned around and gone to lower elevations like 221 which is a fantastic ride, we did it Saturday afternoon. Next time....

Since you know the area, we were past highway 80 where we could go south and were nearly equidistant to go back or push on.​
 

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got in the clouds Sunday going thru SMNP , Sweetie wasnt thrilled at all about it , and was even less thrilled when I realized that the WileyX's wud serve me better off my eyes , so off they came in the mountains in the clouddds

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I go to mt Mitchell a few times a year. It's always cloudy and cool up around there year round.
 

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exact thing happened to me there....visibility was only a few feet, i knew there was a ranger / info center coming up that required a left turn into it. when i did headlight appeared out of nowhere, i swerved and only missed a cop by inches ...i had two buddies following me close.... can't believe they didn't hit me....had to take a blind leap of faith and try the turn again....we sat at the info center for about 3 hours before it lifted enough that we could get about 50' visibility ....got down the parkway a couple of miles where it was clear and sunny.... i hate riding in the mountains
 

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slaterman5, I understand how you feel, I'm sure there are many who'd agree, my buddy and certainly his GF may not want to go back for a while. Good decision on your part to stop & wait it out.

I will certianly check the most current weather much closer before setting out for the highest elevations but honestly I'd rather ride in the mountains than anywhere, so far. Sunday was bad for a couple of hours but it was only one of many rides in the mountains I've had, most were awesome. I have to blame my self for poor planning or not turning back for lower elevations at the first sign of the low clouds. I'm old but not too old to learn from my mistakes or admit 'em, hopefully...​
 

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Way back before I had graduated to the HD family I got caught in some of the thickest fog I've ever ridden in - in Phoenix of all places.:eek: I was on a 750 Honda and being alone, lost all sense of orientation and balance. Maybe it was the light bike, but it took all of my faith to trust the gyro forces keeping me upright. Weird and scary. Glad you came through unscathed.
 

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In the Sacramento/San Juaquin Valley area of California, we get what is called Tule Fog. It gets just as thick as you've described and just as dangerous.

Imagine it's night, you're riding along on Interstate 5, doing 70+ miles an hour and hitting a wall of fog so thick you can't see the Semi you were following. Now, you hope he hasn't slammed on the brakes, and you try to avoid slamming on yours because you don't want to get rear ended, but you can't keep doing 70+. The road is fairly straight, but does have some sweeping curves in it from time to time. It all depends on which part of I5 you're on.

I've hit that a time or two. At least it's a divided interstate highway and I shouldn't have to worry about oncoming traffic.
 

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Rode through the Clouds

Sunday we headed out to Clingmans Dome in TN. At the bottom on 441 it was cloudy but still good visibility, by the time we were 1 mile up the mountain, we could only see about 15' in front of us. At the top of Clingmans Dome we could not see a thing. Mist and temps below 40.

Pics to follow once I figure out how too.
 

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OK, I'll bite, what's first? That may be a topic for its own thread I think I'll start.

By the way, I'm making plans to ride the BRP from mile 0 to 120 on Monday. Will just be a day trip....​
 

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Same thing happened to me in July. Heading from Asheville to Roanoke. Left Asheville and it was sunny. Started hitting the clouds and it was pea soup. We had decided we were going to have breakfast at the Mt Mitchell restaurant and I almost missed the turn up to the top due to the fog.

Pretty neat sitting there eating breakfast and watching the clouds go by. The wind was blowing pretty good. It was 50 degrees at the top and it was July. The clouds had lifted by the time we got back down to the parkway. Temps were close to 100 by the time we got to Roanoke.
 

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This is some of what we saw last week. Either below them, in them or above them.
 

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Nice shots Joe, BTW......which part of the coast do you live? I'm from Ocean Springs
 
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