What I haven't said much about is its southern relative, the Blue Ridge Parkway. Also administered by the National Park Service, the BRP...
...was designed as a recreational motor road, connecting Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah National Parks.Skyline Drive (105 miles long) can be enjoyed in an afternoon. The BRP, at 469 miles, can be done in a day, but I think two would be more reasonable. Then you could stop at one of the many visitor's centers, scenic overlooks, or other attractions that help make the place so special.
Yes, I'm dipping into the ole archive again. It's only fitting that this post show Hubby and I together with our old rides.
|My ride was a Yamaha V-Star 1300. Hubby had a Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad.|
Those of you who follow Fuzzy Galore -- you should if you don't already -- have probably been enjoying the excellent pictures and ride reports about the more-recent trip she and her new Hubby took down the BRP.
I really do need to plan another trip down the BRP. Its northern terminus, approximately 25 miles west of Charlottesville, Virginia, is only about a two-hour drive from our VA place. Sure it would be easy to get down there and back in a day, but we need to have time to enjoy some if not all of the road, too.
Of course, with three dogs, trips like that take a bit of planning. And since we already have a couple of cool trips planned for later this year, the BRP will likely have to wait at least until 2013.
Another difference between Skyline Drive and the BRP is the maximum speed limit of 45 MPH. I am not a speed demon, I swear, but I find it hard to maintain 35 MPH on a bike. Especially when enjoying a pristine, windy stretch of blacktop in the mountains.
But that's just me.
One thing the two roads do have in common is crowds. Especially when the leaf peepers are out. I'm sure it provides an absolutely stunning Autumn vista. But I find crowds frustrating. Especially on roads with limited passing opportunities.
Here are a few more shots from that trip...
|Hubby and I on the porch of our rental cabin in Robbinsville, NC.|
|View from Clingman's Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.|
|Random mountain vista.|
As much as I love day-tripping, there's just something about multi-day motorcycle excursions.
The only one I see in our near future is our trip to Italy. Which will certainly be awesome.
I am actually really hoping to head north for a weekend later this summer for a blogger meet-up. Fingers crossed we can make that one work.
What was your favorite multi-day excursion? Are you a camper? Or the hotel type? We are most definitely the latter.
Although we have been known to rent cabins for longer stays, so maybe I should say bed-lovers? That just sounds sort of weird. Hey, let's make up a good moniker, if one doesn't already exist, for motorcyclists who prefer lodging over camping. Come on, help me out here.