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Less Stress To The Blue Ridge

Post by Solina Dave » Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:37 pm



This is likely only relevant to someone living in the Toronto area, and made the trip to Front Royal, Va.
Would you think that a ride from Toronto to Front Royal, Va. be a less stressful ride via the Thousand Islands Bridge, and south on hwy 81, than going over at Buffalo, and south on hwy 219 and hwy 99. The hwy 81 route would be about 230 kms. further. I've done the trip 2 or 3 times via hwy 81, but never the route via Buffalo.
I think I know the answer, but I'm interested in how you might feel about it.

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Re: Less Stress To The Blue Ridge

Post by tfdeputydawg » Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:54 am

Just wondering if you are aware the Blue Ridge Parkway does not start in Front Royal! That is the North end of the Sky Line Drive. The North end of the Blue Ridge starts at the South end of the Sky Line at Rock Fish Gap.

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Re: Less Stress To The Blue Ridge

Post by Dusty Boots » Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:38 am

Once you get through Toronto (401/427/QEW) the rest is a breeze and much more scenic!!
The trick is to be through Toronto early. ;)

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Re: Less Stress To The Blue Ridge

Post by harvey01 » Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:15 am

tfdeputydawg wrote:
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:54 am
Just wondering if you are aware the Blue Ridge Parkway does not start in Front Royal! That is the North end of the Sky Line Drive. The North end of the Blue Ridge starts at the South end of the Sky Line at Rock Fish Gap.
I hope you are also aware of the charge/fee to enter the Skyline Drive. As I recall it is about 15 for a motorcycle. Front Royal does have some good motels mostly on the north end of town at or north of I-66.

I am not familiar with your planned route but if it avoids interstate, I would try it. It will probably take longer but perhaps be more fun.
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Re: Less Stress To The Blue Ridge

Post by Solina Dave » Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:06 pm

Dusty Boots wrote:
Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:38 am
Once you get through Toronto (401/427/QEW) the rest is a breeze and much more scenic!!
The trick is to be through Toronto early. ;)
Thanks Dusty,

I'm thinking maybe late spring. Not too hot. And not hurricane season in September. The weather could be risky at that tiime of the year. I was mainly concerned with the 219 hwy, and a lot of small towns slowing things down. But you're saying that it's pretty well expressway all the way down? I thought it might be more scenic. Good point about getting across Toronto. I'll probably bite the bullet, and take the 407 from Oshawa to Burlington. It's $33.00, but that's relatively cheap, compared to the trip's total cost. And it's a lot easier on the head, than the 401/427/QEW nightmare.
Also, thanks Dawg and Harvey for the heads-up. I've been down there 2 or 3 times maybe more, since the early '80s. I just refer to the whole beautiful thing as the Blue Ridge Parkway. I like the southern section, from about 100 miles north of Asheville. Higher elevations and more rugged, but it can be foggy early in the morning. The admission charge to Skyline Drive, and the Shenandoah N.P. is insignificant, there again, when factored into the cost of the whole trip.

Thanks again..............Dave :D


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Re: Less Stress To The Blue Ridge

Post by Dusty Boots » Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:35 pm

Dave ... US 219 is basically a 4 lane highway in the northern section with fairly to very light traffic! Very nice way to make some time yet traffic is light and it is scenic!
South of I-76, it is mostly 2 lane and gets quite twisty the further south you go! ;) 8-)

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Re: Less Stress To The Blue Ridge

Post by Solina Dave » Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:49 pm

Dusty Boots wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:35 pm
Dave ... US 219 is basically a 4 lane highway in the northern section with fairly to very light traffic! Very nice way to make some time yet traffic is light and it is scenic!
South of I-76, it is mostly 2 lane and gets quite twisty the further south you go! ;) 8-)
Thanks Dusty. Sounds good. I might take that route. 81 was getting stale, and variety is the spice of motorcycling, you know!! :lol: (This forum needs new smilies!!) :idea:
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Re: Less Stress To The Blue Ridge

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:31 pm

Solina Dave wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:49 pm
Dusty Boots wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:35 pm
Dave ... US 219 is basically a 4 lane highway in the northern section with fairly to very light traffic! Very nice way to make some time yet traffic is light and it is scenic!
South of I-76, it is mostly 2 lane and gets quite twisty the further south you go! ;) 8-)
Thanks Dusty. Sounds good. I might take that route. 81 was getting stale, and variety is the spice of motorcycling, you know!! :lol: (This forum needs new smilies!!) :idea:
I have driven 219 up and down when I lived near Toronto, but was traveling to Washington DC on a very regular basis. What I do remember about 219 is that it was one giant radar trap - keep your eyes peeled!

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Re: Less Stress To The Blue Ridge

Post by Solina Dave » Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:05 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:31 pm
Solina Dave wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:49 pm
Dusty Boots wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:35 pm
Dave ... US 219 is basically a 4 lane highway in the northern section with fairly to very light traffic! Very nice way to make some time yet traffic is light and it is scenic!
South of I-76, it is mostly 2 lane and gets quite twisty the further south you go! ;) 8-)
Thanks Dusty. Sounds good. I might take that route. 81 was getting stale, and variety is the spice of motorcycling, you know!! :lol: (This forum needs new smilies!!) :idea:
I have driven 219 up and down when I lived near Toronto, but was traveling to Washington DC on a very regular basis. What I do remember about 219 is that it was one giant radar trap - keep your eyes peeled!
10-4 that!


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