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Hello All,

I am thinking about another Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) run. I have done the entire road (split into three sections), but I am thinking about doing the southern half in one trip this July (Cherokee NC to Meadows of Dan VA and back). The route would include Mile Marker 469 to 177: 292 miles. On flat straight roads that is not much, but on the BRP at 35 - 45 mph that can take some time. One way is 458 miles, from start to finish this will be 916 miles.

Here is what I am thinking:

Day 1: Leave Anderson SC for Cherokee NC. I would ride west into GA, then through North GA into Western NC. Then to Cherokee (2.5 hours without stopping). After lunch, ride to the Blue Ridge Motorcycle Campground (BRMC) off HWY 276 (Mile Marker 412). Total ride time for day one approx. 4.5 hours. Since I like to stop every hour for a few minutes, this may take 5 hours. With a lunch stop this could be 5.5 hours.

Day 2: Leave BRMC after breakfast (9am) and ride to High Country Motorcycle Camp just off HWY 421 (Mile Marker 226). Lunch in the middle, maybe in Little Switzerland at the Little Switzerland Inn. Total ride time is approx. 4 hours, but since I will stop every hour and have lunch this could be a 5-6 hour day.

Day 3: Leave High County Motorcycle Camp after breakfast and ride to Willville Motorcycle Campground in Meadows of Dan VA (Mile Marker 177). This is approx. 3 hours, but may take me longer as I will want to eat lunch on the way and take a few breaks to enjoy the view. I think it could be 4 - 5 hours.

Day 4, 5, 6, and 7 ???: I could easily make day 4 the ride home on I77 and I85 (4 hours) or I could take three days to go back down the way I came up, staying in the same locations and enjoying the ride. There would be one day of non-riding in this week-long trip. Most likely day 5 or 6.

I have to go to the BSA summer camp in GA between June 28th and July 3rd. Afterwards my son will visit the grandparents in Cary NC for an extended stay in July soon after we return. I also have a routine doctors apt. on July 8th. So, I think if I do this it will be between July 9th and July 15th.

Thoughts?

Peace,
Chris (HansenCTX)
 

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Very interesting Chris. Mostly depends on my wifes Doctor appointments. By the way, have you eaten at Pisanos, near Seneca I believe. Great Ital. food.
 

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Very interesting Chris. Mostly depends on my wifes Doctor appointments. By the way, have you eaten at Pisanos, near Seneca I believe. Great Ital. food.
Otto!!

Thanks for your note brother. I have not eaten at Pisanos, I will need to check that out. Thanks man.

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Sounds like a great ride. I had a trip planned this week based out of BRMC but it got canceled. I had planned BRP south of 276, 441, Little River Rd, Foothills Parkway, and Tail of the Dragon. I may be able to go up July 8, ride my route on Thursday, and continue north up BRP with you.
 

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I booked a room for the 8th in Anderson. I will be at the market in the morning on the 9th. What time should I be there?
 

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Sounds like a great ride. I had a trip planned this week based out of BRMC but it got canceled. I had planned BRP south of 276, 441, Little River Rd, Foothills Parkway, and Tail of the Dragon. I may be able to go up July 8, ride my route on Thursday, and continue north up BRP with you.
Sounds great!
 

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I booked a room for the 8th in Anderson. I will be at the market in the morning on the 9th. What time should I be there?
Wow! Thanks for letting me know! We can meet at the gas station in front of Ingles. I will send you a PM with my cell phone number.

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Are there motels/cabins near your planned overnight stops. I don't camp.
Hey man! Just do a Google search to see if there are any hotels around. I know that each of these camp grounds have cabins. Blue Ridge Motorcycle Campground even has two cabins that have their own bathrooms. You can call each camp and see if they have any available.
 

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I booked a room for the 8th in Anderson. I will be at the market in the morning on the 9th. What time should I be there?
Sorry for not answering your question. Kickstands up at 9am. This will get us into Cherokee by 12pm.
 

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i came really close to join this ride until my wife literally begged me not to go due to the exploding Covid 19 numbers. Even so i'm convinced there would be no higher risk involved on this motorcycle tour than being at home/work, i promised her not to go. Happy wife-happy life, but still ... . Besides this trip ,this **** Virus has also cancelled a 2 week family visit in Germany. On the plus side however- i had in April & May some of the best motorcycle rides of my live due to NC lock down and therefore NO traffic ( and no Cops) on the BRP and surrounding roads. Yes i know, i was not supposed to be there as well but i just couldn't resist this once in a lifetime opportunity.
i wish you guys a fun and safe trip and if i play it right(psssst), i may still show up in the morning of the 10th and join the ride til little Switzerland

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I've been taking longer rides around my house since covid has caused so much trouble. Missed my yearly trek to the NC mountains in the Spring which really ticked me off... Anyway, I just had to say how jealous I am of you and several others who live so close to this riding nirvana area! Wishing you all the best and really looking forward to Suches for now....
 
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Sad to say I will not be able too make this ride. I was just notified that a construction crew who were going to do some work for me bumped me up earlier on their schedule than was originally promised. Still see ya later this year. Ride safe.
 

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Hello all,

My wife's grandmother passed away and the family will hold a family-only service this Friday, June 10th. My wife, son, and I will leave Anderson for Raleigh NC on Wednesday (June 8th) afternoon and will return the following Saturday (June 11th). With that said, I will have to shift the dates over for my BRP run. Now I am thinking it might be best for me to do the ride starting on Monday, June 13th.

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Really sorry to hear that Chris. I’m in Raleigh if you need anything just shout.


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