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The wife and I ran the entire Blue Ridge Parkway last week, as much fun as the Tail of the Dragon IMO, less traffic to contend with and plenty of overlooks to pull off and take a break. We clocked 1636 miles in four days, picked up the parkway in Front Royal VA and finishing up near Cherokee, NC. I need to fill out the application for the End to Ender ride.
 

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Thanks for visiting my state. I have been on the parkway from Front Royal to the Rt.211 intersection, but never beyond on a bike. I need to start behaving more like a tourist in my own state.
 

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I did all of Skyline drive and the BRP from mile marker 0 to about 250 last fall. Hope to get back and finish this fall. Great road and a great ride..
 

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Isn't it always the case that we run off to see far away places and never explore our own backyard? We can't wait to get back down to Knoxville next year for Wing Ding.
 

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Isn't it always the case that we run off to see far away places and never explore our own backyard? We can't wait to get back down to Knoxville next year for Wing Ding.
I'm working on the Wing Ding Thing next year myself. Haven't done any planning, just bringing it up to my co-pilot. We have a mutual acquaintance just outside Knoxville, so the accommodation are free.
 

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We just got back from our BRP, Skyline Drive, Niagara Falls tour. We were gone 10 days and had a fabulous trip. We are talking of riding up to Little Switzerland for a weekend and ride the area.
 

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My back-seater wants to go to WING DING next year. She's checking on motels right now.
We both are counting down to August 5th. Washington D.C. bound!!
You gotta love a women that can't wait to ride.
 

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Blue Ridge Parkway...what highway or road is that.....I have never heard of it and are always looking for a new trip....really never been to the south-east states before....

Is that any where near the NC GWRRA rally in Sept....I might go to that rally just to ride and have a cause....

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Blue Ridge Parkway...what highway or road is that.....I have never heard of it and are always looking for a new trip....really never been to the south-east states before....

Is that any where near the NC GWRRA rally in Sept....I might go to that rally just to ride and have a cause....

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Wing Ding is in Knoxville, TN next year and the BRP ends at Cherokee which is East of there a ways. I would have to check the distance but it is not all that far. If you are going to do the BRP I would suggest you also take in Skyline Drive in VA. Check them out on the internet.

Jackson, WI to Front Royal, VA is 783 miles. Skyline Drive starts at Front Royal.

Just checked, it is 73 miles from Cherokee, NC to Knoxville, TN or a little over 2 hours riding.
 

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The national park starts in Front Royal VA, about 25 miles south of Winchester VA and winds up and around the mountians to Waynesboro, 109 miles of the Shenandoah National Park, Cost is $10 for a motorcycle and it's good for 7 days. No stop signs, no traffic lights, 35 mph speed limit on smooth two lane. That dumps you right into the Blue Ridge Parkway, also known as Skyline Dr. 469 more miles of twists and turns, some right along the ridge top of the mountians heading through Lynchburg, Roanoke, Mt. Airy, Ashville and ending at Cherokee NC. Speed limit is mostly 45 mph and two lane blacktop. Sorry, one traffic light due to construction at a site of what looked like a rock slide. Log on to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and you can pull up an an application to fill out and send in if you run an 'end to ender' (endtoender.com?) for a certificate and some other stuff.
When we finished up we headed into Gatlinburg for the night which is about 36 miles away, Pigeon Forge is just a few more miles away (6?). If you can ever get through the traffic, Knoxville if I can remember is maybe an hour away, which leaves so much to do at next years Wing Ding.
If you have a hard time locating the parkway, just look east of I-81 on a map.
 

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The blue ridge parkway is a two lane, winding road with no billboards, no trucks and the scenery is awesome. As stated before, there are places to stop and enjoy the view and restaurants along the way. You cross other highways if you are in need of franchise burger fix or the sound of a kid gettin' his a$$ beat in a Wal mart. Indeed a very relaxing ride. Our experience is that most of the traffic runs about 50 mph with occassional crotch rockets zipping by. All in all, a great ride. At another forum, they have an annual BRR run that lasts about a week. Have seen them come from AZ and N. Mexico. Most will do the dragon coming or going as it isn't far from the end of the parkway.

There are also walking trails where you can walk from NY to Gulf of Mexico if I remember right. A section of that is the Blue Ridge. If you google it, it will give you better info or maybe someone here knows more.
 

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OK...Now I have to go south east and do the dragons tail, the BRP and the cheroke highway...my bucket list is getting longer...

Thanks everyone for the input...it is definitely something I am going to do....

Question...I was thinking about being a hard-core biker and go down to Thunder Beach Panama City Beach...at the end of Sept...but the dragons tail and BRP sounds more interesting....so I might change my plans....is the last week of Sept first week of Oct too late to do the dragons tail and BRP.....is there snow in the mountains at that time....?

Thanks and Safe Rides
 

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OK...Now I have to go south east and do the dragons tail, the BRP and the cheroke highway...my bucket list is getting longer...

Thanks everyone for the input...it is definitely something I am going to do....

Question...I was thinking about being a hard-core biker and go down to Thunder Beach Panama City Beach...at the end of Sept...but the dragons tail and BRP sounds more interesting....so I might change my plans....is the last week of Sept first week of Oct too late to do the dragons tail and BRP.....is there snow in the mountains at that time....?

Thanks and Safe Rides
No problem. You might see some folks out leaf lookin in NC and TN.
 

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We just got back from a ride on the BRP. See the thread, "Thru the Midwest and East." We stayed at the Peaks of Otter Lodge.. No phones, no TV, no internet.. and it was awesome... We saw a lot of deer, and they have a Seafood Buffet on Friday Nights which includes a Lobster for each diner. Anyways, the parkway is beautiful, but the speed limit is 45. Kinda slow going, but it is worth it not to have the other cars, trucks, etc.... There is some construction for about 10 miles in Southern VA takes the SL down to 35, ugh.... At any rate, you will have a great ride there.:cool:
 

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The wife and I ran the entire Blue Ridge Parkway last week, as much fun as the Tail of the Dragon IMO, less traffic to contend with and plenty of overlooks to pull off and take a break. We clocked 1636 miles in four days, picked up the parkway in Front Royal VA and finishing up near Cherokee, NC. I need to fill out the application for the End to Ender ride.
The wife and I will be going there in October, can not wait
 

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Was near the BRP today and ran into a MI/MN rider and his wife riding a 1500 that had "Twilight Rider" painted on the trunk. Sorry to say I didn't get their names or have a card to give them. They were at Grottoes and I told them that Rt 33 was worth the trip, so they were going to head a bit north, take 33 east, then head south on 29 to 64 east towards Hampton Roads and Virginia Beach. Nice couple. Anyone recognize the bike paint name?
 
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