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    Default BRP from Roanoke, VA to the Southern end at Cherokee, NC

    Has anyone ridden this entire stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway? I am wondering on the realistic number of hours that would take? Thinking of riding down, spend the night in Roanoke, then hit the BRP the next morning. Maybe stop for a night in Asheville, then complete the ride the next day on my way to Robbinsville. Or, I could reverse the trip. Head straight to Robbinsville for a couple days, then hit the BRP at Cherokee and ride north. Very flexible with that.
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    I rode it last summer from Skyline Drive all the way south and it is a slow ride both for speed limit and traffic reasons in some areas. Depending on what your intent is, expect a couple of days especially if you are going to stop and take a lot of pictures. Check out my Blue Ridge thread - https://www.thegsresources.com/_foru...kway-Ride-2016

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    Thanks, I actually did read your thread earlier. Great trip you had and the write up/pics!! I have a few places I want to stop along the way, but I mainly just enjoy the riding. Do you you think I can make it in 1 day to Asheville? There are 3 stops I am planning before Asheville. Thinking maybe 1/2 hr each stop. Then of course Lunch and a gas stop in there. Already changed my plans and looks like I'll be riding it on a Sunday. Not ideal, from the traffic issue. Thinking it may not be too bad until around Boone.

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    I rode it last summer from Skyline Drive all the way south and it is a slow ride both for speed limit and traffic reasons in some areas. Depending on what your intent is, expect a couple of days especially if you are going to stop and take a lot of pictures. Check out my Blue Ridge thread - https://www.thegsresources.com/_foru...kway-Ride-2016

    I started that ride in 2016 but wrecked then redid it this last year

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    It really depends on how you ride so I cannot say for sure but it would be a very long day. Virginia's speed limit is 35 and it won't turn to 45 until NC but then turns back to 35 for awhile. I highly suggest you don't try to speed. Of course, I also dealt with heavy fog the first day so YMMV. Also, the parkway is closed between mile markers 121 and 135 near Roanoke from the road damage that still isn't fixed. They detour you through Roanoke and you'll come out the south side of town. Great hill to climb (loved it) and it's fast but pay attention as the curves are VERY TIGHT in that area.

    I will add, please treat the road as it's meant to be - a touristy look see; treating it like a race track will only get you into trouble between the traffic, cops, weather, and the road itself
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    Man, that is great info on the road closure. I was planning on staring around Mile Marker 120 from Roanoke, or the nearest entrance to MM 120. ha ha. Thank you! Nah, I'm not a racer. I do like to ride fast in the twisties, but I've slowed down in my old age. lol Getting a ticket on the BRP, I imagine, isn't fun at all. Being Federal land. edit: I have ridden on the BRP many times down near Asheville. Just never this far. So I do know how it is. Especially on weekends. Just wasn't sure on that many miles in a day. :-)

    After looking into it more, and your advice, I think I'll ride from Roanoke (South of MM 135 ;-)) to Boone for the night. Finish it up the next day. Going to spend 3 or 4 nights in Cherokee. So no rush. Thanks for the info man.

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    It really depends on how you ride so I cannot say for sure but it would be a very long day. Virginia's speed limit is 35 and it won't turn to 45 until NC but then turns back to 35 for awhile. I highly suggest you don't try to speed. Of course, I also dealt with heavy fog the first day so YMMV. Also, the parkway is closed between mile markers 121 and 135 near Roanoke from the road damage that still isn't fixed. They detour you through Roanoke and you'll come out the south side of town. Great hill to climb (loved it) and it's fast but pay attention as the curves are VERY TIGHT in that area.

    I will add, please treat the road as it's meant to be - a touristy look see; treating it like a race track will only get you into trouble between the traffic, cops, weather, and the road itself
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    It's on my bucket list to ride the whole thing, but I'd want to spend 3-4 days doing it.
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    The views from the BRP within an hour or so either side of Asheville are some of the best in the Eastern US without a doubt... Really starting just south of the Linville Gorge area if I recall?

    I don't quite have the patience for the low speed limits and occasional tourist/pirate party caravans though, so I don't foresee myself anytime in the near future trying to ride the entire duration... But I most certainly do enjoy jumping on it for 45 minutes or 90 minutes when I'm down in the mountains near Asheville NC. There are so many amazing roads that come up and over the parkway and nearby mountains... All of my favorite routes end up being extremely convoluted zigzagging between the best of all the twistiest paved roads I can find...

    Rt 80 a ways North of the BRP/Little Switzerland (north of a big four lane super slab) was one of my favorites in recent years. It is labeled as a scenic byway. Rural residential, not so much National Forest, but absolutely amazing graceful curves that I was scraping my boots on considerably around every other corner. The portion of 80 (Buck Creek Road?) that goes over the BRP was not nearly as exciting and had some deteriorating pavement the past two visits.
    The Little Switzerland 226/226a loops got repaved last year however, and wow that was amazing... I've blown it off in previous years as being perhaps overrated, until the new pavement...

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    Interesting, I was reading earlier about Little Switzerland. Thought about checking that out. Amish country in Ohio, out past Berlin, Sugarcreek, Oh has a little Switzerland. And unless I missed the correct spot, it was sort of a joke. I thought about checking this one out. Thanks for the tip. And as you mentioned, the BRP, that is all we did in the past, a 20-60 min jaunt and off again around Asheville. That was many years ago. My current plan, I'll stop in Boone for the night and ride the rest of the way south on a Monday. I'm hoping that keeps traffic light on the Southern section.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck78 View Post
    The views from the BRP within an hour or so either side of Asheville are some of the best in the Eastern US without a doubt... Really starting just south of the Linville Gorge area if I recall?

    I don't quite have the patience for the low speed limits and occasional tourist/pirate party caravans though, so I don't foresee myself anytime in the near future trying to ride the entire duration... But I most certainly do enjoy jumping on it for 45 minutes or 90 minutes when I'm down in the mountains near Asheville NC. There are so many amazing roads that come up and over the parkway and nearby mountains... All of my favorite routes end up being extremely convoluted zigzagging between the best of all the twistiest paved roads I can find...

    Rt 80 a ways North of the BRP/Little Switzerland (north of a big four lane super slab) was one of my favorites in recent years. It is labeled as a scenic byway. Rural residential, not so much National Forest, but absolutely amazing graceful curves that I was scraping my boots on considerably around every other corner. The portion of 80 (Buck Creek Road?) that goes over the BRP was not nearly as exciting and had some deteriorating pavement the past two visits.
    The Little Switzerland 226/226a loops got repaved last year however, and wow that was amazing... I've blown it off in previous years as being perhaps overrated, until the new pavement...

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    https://diamondback226.com/details/

    This is near Little Switzerland. Sounds must do.

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    Yes that is the route that I was talking about with 226 and 226a...
    Rt 80 north of Rt 19E was also a top pick as of my past few trips down that way. 80 from 19E north to 226A near Bakersville. North a ways from Little Switzerland but not too far. If you have a reason to stray a little further away, I recommend that, but I understand if you are on a time constraint. So many great roads, never enough time!

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