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Blue Ridge Parkway good or no?

Hi gang, so I'm about to head off on a tour of the south/south east. And while researching roads I've seen a lot of favorable trip reports on taking the BRP from VA to NC. My question is that the road reports I've found elsewhere on line are largely from a community of Cruiser-centric riders that seem to enjoy the 45mph speed limit. While I'm in no means looking for a track day tempo, I'm also not planning on 400 miles of snails pace meandering. If any of you are familiar with the BRP from say, Wytheville VA to Asheville NC I'd love to hear your perspective on it.
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In my opinion weather your in a cage or on a bike the blue ridge parkway is worth the ride
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In my opinion weather your in a cage or on a bike the blue ridge parkway is worth the ride
Good to hear, thanks!
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BRP is a very nice ride. Beware of snow at highest elevation and "Leafers" in the fall.

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BRP is definitely a must if you've never ridden it before... the 45mph limit is not a huge issue (unless you're a rider who's always got to be balls out) though it does make the ride about the views rather than the road. We find that after a couple hours we get bored... but if you're willing to take some side roads, there are a LOT of fun roads climbing up to the BRP... so we'll loaf along with the crusiers for a while then take one of the access roads down and back up (or sometimes down and then up a few miles further on). Those roads wake us up and let us have some fun as we work our way south or north.

It's not a road for anyone who's in a hurry... so give yourself lots of time.
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BRP was a slo-mo cage parade when I rode it decades back. did the whole length, and it was beautiful. but slow. If you prefer a proper pace, get some time in down the canyon roads off the mountain and find some great local villages, awesome smoked ham and a breakfast of brains & eggs. Not that brave, I stuck with the eggs, grits, smoked ham, biscuits and gravy.

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I highly recommend. Did a section a couple of weeks ago.
Start early in the morning and traffic and speed limits are less of an issue. Plenty of opportunities to make safe passing also.
Some really good feeder roads to explore.

Do it!
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Blue Ridge Parkway good or no?

Moonshiner 29 can also be a fair pace

It starts at the store near the border of NC and Tenn

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Do you mean 28? All the way from Deals Gap to Franklin is one of my favorites.

I've ridden the BRP from Front Royal all the way to Deals Gap twice now. One time was incredible all the way. No traffic or cops. The other was during Memorial Day weekend and it sucked. It's a fantastic ride but you need to pick when doing it to avoid holidays.

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When and where are important.

Traffic will lessen your good time, so avoid when you can. Weekdays are better. Try to avoid the more popular areas during peak usage times. This past Saturday, I went for a picnic at the 295.9 and it was quite crowded because all of the many attractions that are packed into that one area. This can be problematic for riders because there are a lot of people not giving the best attention to the road and many drivers turning around. That said, we walked 10 minutes up an old road and felt like we were totally isolated.

Sound planning will pay off in the long run. Some riders just like to ride. Others like to stop at some of the places and explore. If you like to do that sort of thing, I suggest that you learn about the best spots and plan around them. You will ride right by the best things to see if you don't plan ahead for them. There are few signs to tip you off.

Off parkway rides, at least in my area, are awesome and just a short distance from the route. Extremely rewarding. If you want more info, just ask.

Best wishes for a good ride.

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