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skyline dr, blue ridge,tail,nashville or bust

Postby oilboy1162 » Sat May 10, 2014 10:58 am



i leave saturday the 17th with my harley buddy(yes, and wives) from fridged new hampshire and head down to run skyline dr, blue ridge parkway. then jaunt over to run the tail of the dragon and slip over to nashville(my wife's orders!). then its up towards lake erie and across new york through vermont and , sigh, home. hope to have some pics after return.


:lol: I know people say we spend too much money on our rides, but I can't hear them when I'm 1000 miles away! :roll:

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Re: skyline dr, blue ridge,tail,nashville or bust

Postby oilboy1162 » Sat May 10, 2014 11:21 am

oh, if anyone has a sight seeing stop along the way, i'd love to add it into the trip.
:lol: I know people say we spend too much money on our rides, but I can't hear them when I'm 1000 miles away! :roll:

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Re: skyline dr, blue ridge,tail,nashville or bust

Postby SteveM » Mon May 12, 2014 12:10 pm

Very nice. I live just 20 minutes off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Patrick county VA. As soon as I get my new to me Goldwing roadworthy that's where I'm going to get my practice runs after 30+ years off of a bike. Picked up an 81 GL1100 Interstate project but its a runner.

your welcome to stop by for a pit stop and make use of my grills and charcoal. I even have a bunch of Venison we can throw on. I only work weekends till mid afternoon. So most any time is good if ya all need take a load off and rest a bit your welcome.

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Re: skyline dr, blue ridge,tail,nashville or bust

Postby mtn_boy1 » Tue May 13, 2014 9:25 am

Leave yourself plenty of time for the PW. If you plan to stop and see any of the amazing vistas from the overlooks. It takes longer than you think. (But totally worth it!) A couple of years ago, I did the Dragon, the Parkway, and Skyline. It took 2 1/2 days. If you haven't already, go to www.blueridgeparkway.org. There are MANY opportunities to sightsee. One of my favorites was Floyd, VA. Check out the Floyd General Store. If time is a concern and you are just using the PW as a road to get to your destination, it will still be a serene, beautiful ride. (Just expect a lot of 'Wow, look at that!' comments from your passenger. :) I live in NC and have done the whole thing 3 times. I still find something new every time I ride it. Be safe, enjoy, and Welcome to North Carolina!
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Re: skyline dr, blue ridge,tail,nashville or bust

Postby Dusty Boots » Tue May 13, 2014 12:30 pm

The BRP and Skyline Dr are nice, relaxing rides, just don't expect to make time along either route, as the Skyline is mostly 35 mph, (with lots of deer and bear) while the BRP is 45 mph. Both are patrolled and full of slower moving tourist traffic slowing down for/pulling out of the many scenic vista pull outs.
If you ride both in under 3 days, then you are missing a lot of the attractions along the way/near by.
Also, watch out for sudden heavy rains and very dense fog along both the Skyline and BRP/

Here is a good route from the very end of the BRP, over to the Tail and on over to Tellico Plains via the Little River Road, Foothills Pkwy and Cherohala Skyway. - http://goo.gl/maps/m0E6X



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Re: skyline dr, blue ridge,tail,nashville or bust

Postby oilboy1162 » Thu May 15, 2014 6:42 am

this is why i love this site.so much info and experience AND input . rain, i'll be leaving in it on sat. morning but should ride out of it before i get thru NY. thanks again all for the insight. talk to you soon.
:lol: I know people say we spend too much money on our rides, but I can't hear them when I'm 1000 miles away! :roll:

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Re: skyline dr, blue ridge,tail,nashville or bust

Postby minimac » Sat May 17, 2014 8:37 am

Once you get to the Niagara region of NY, I'd suggest following the Seaway Trail(rt.104) back into Vt. You won't make quick time, but it is a nice ride, especially along the eastern end of Lake Ontario, along the St. Lawrence, and then through the mountains.

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Re: skyline dr, blue ridge,tail,nashville or bust

Postby Dusty Boots » Sat May 17, 2014 9:29 pm

minimac wrote:Once you get to the Niagara region of NY, I'd suggest following the Seaway Trail(rt.104) back into Vt. You won't make quick time, but it is a nice ride, especially along the eastern end of Lake Ontario, along the St. Lawrence, and then through the mountains.


US 20 is pretty scenic as well, not all that busy, make pretty good time and once you get past Seneca Falls, virtually no traffic until I-88

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Re: skyline dr, blue ridge,tail,nashville or bust

Postby MaconWing » Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:57 am

Dusty,

That's a great route from Cherokee over to the Dragon. Everyone should be aware though that Gatlinburg is a big tourist area, especially on weekends and the young crowd loves to cruise there. I came through one weekend and it took me an hour to pass through town. Otherwise a great route. Try and work in a stop an Clingman's Dome as well.

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Re: skyline dr, blue ridge,tail,nashville or bust

Postby oilboy1162 » Sun Jun 01, 2014 8:13 am

Unfortunatly our trip got cut short as we got word in deals gap that my mother in law fell ill. I raced to get my wife up to Richmond where she hopped a plane home, leaving me to get the 'wing home. I made it back just before she passed away. My wife wants to try to complete this trip, albeit next year. I have put all of your suggestions in I trip a trip planner notebook to plan a new route. Thanx again for ALL the input. Keep Riding
:lol: I know people say we spend too much money on our rides, but I can't hear them when I'm 1000 miles away! :roll:

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Re: skyline dr, blue ridge,tail,nashville or bust

Postby MaconWing » Sun Jun 01, 2014 8:16 am

Very sorry for your loss. I hope you get a chance to do this again. You've got a great trip planned.




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