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post #1 of 41 Old 09-17-2013, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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Deals Gap - Fall Colours and Twisties

If anyone is interested to come, I am going to head down to the Deals Gap area to spend a few days riding around. I was going to take about 7 days to do this ride and do it sometime between Oct 15th and Oct 30th - the earlier the better.

I am going to bring my tent and was thinking about staying at one of the many places down there in the heart of the good roads. On the way there and back I was thinking about tenting in different parks or staying in motels if the weather is bad.

I was hoping to get down there in 2 days, spend 2 days riding around and then take a scenic 3 days to get home along twisty scenic backroads only. I would really like to check out some nice roads in West Virginia and Pennsylvania on the way home.

I did a similar ride down to Barber Museum a few years ago and the fall colours made for an amazing ride.

Any suggestions are appreciated for anything to do with places to stay, roads to check out and more. Cheers!

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Make sure You check out the "Back of the Dragon" as some point. This goes south from Tazewell. I took the Road Toad over it a few years ago before it got named and I think it's a great road!

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Thanks Tom,
That looks like a great road to add to the list and totally fits in a possible route.
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Scenic way to the Peace Bridge

Juan, consider using US Highway 62 from western Pennsylvania to the vicinity of Buffalo. I have used this many times, most recently last month, and enjoyed it a lot. Pavement is good, centre-line paint is not wonderful but acceptable, and the route is scenic and sparsely used.

One caveat: 62 goes through Amish country, and the Amish use one-horsepower vehicles a lot, so there is, um, political residue near the shoulders. This is an effective lubricant for tires, so try to keep away from it. I pull in my clutch and glide noiselessly past horses, so as not to alarm them.

I have also enjoyed US-62 in Ohio, but not recently. I liked it ... same warning as I gave for New York applies.

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Make sure You check out the "Back of the Dragon" as some point. This goes south from Tazewell (Virginia)...
Yeah, this is a great road that crosses several mountain ranges. The general direction of the road takes it across the mountain ranges - not parallel to them - making for great riding. It's Highway 16 and if you pick it up in the Tazewell, Virginia area and proceed south you'll eventually cross the BRP, though, just for the heck of it, you might want to go on about 10-15 miles on it beyond the BRP and get off the mountain in the North Wilkesboro / Wilkesboro, North Carolina area - just so you can experience that whole (mountainous) stretch of Highway 16. Then just turn around, go back up the mountain, pick up the BRP and head toward the Asheville, NC area. Highway 16 is great at least from the Tazewell area to North Wilkesboro, NC.

If it works for you, you might consider spending a night at Hungry Mother State Park near Marion, Virginia. There's a fair number of tent sites and several cabins. I suggest you check the Park website to be sure of what's available this time of year. Highway 16 runs right through the Park so it's super convenient for travelers.

If you choose to take this route you might consider making a slight detour to travel to the Whitetop / Mount Rogers / Grayson Highlands State Park area and spend an hour or three there just enjoying the highland beauty. This is the Virginia highlands area with Mount Rogers being the highest point in Virginia and Whitetop (accessible by Strom) being second-highest and right beside Mount Rogers. Both mountains top out above or near 5000 feet.

Highway 16 in Southwest Virginia is a blast on a bike. I ride it very often. I see bunches of adventure bikes and other bikes of all kinds on it during spring, summer and fall. Be careful though. Some of the curves on some of the mountains are really tight. Too much speed would be a real problem. Best of luck!

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Juan, too short of notice for me. This is something that the "maybe", soon to be SW Ontario vstrom club would come in handy where people could plan future rides together
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You may want to check out Ironhorse Lodge for a place to set up a tent. It's near Deals Gap on 28.
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Hokies: #16 is added to the list for sure and thanks for the tip about Hungry Mothers Park. That is right about where I would be when it's time to call it a day, so that campground seems perfect. It will be nice to wake up in the morning with only great roads ahead.

Keith: Thanks and I've also added #62 south to the list which will be much better than taking the slab.

Knotzilla: An awesome destination for a group ride would be down to Barber Museum for their Vintage Bike Festival which is usually around the beginning of October in Birmingham, Alabama. Camping usually sells out in advance and is a really fun time with lots to see and do. Something worth planning for next year if some of you are interested. I did a ride report of a trip I made down there about 3 years ago through Deals Gap and into Mississippi.

Hunt: Thanks for the info and I might stay there for a night. I plan on staying somewhere different each night if possible.

edit: here's the tentative 2day route heading down. Mostly slab for the first day and then gets better. http://goo.gl/maps/HOOMP

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Knotzilla: An awesome destination for a group ride would be down to Barber Museum for their Vintage Bike Festival which is usually around the beginning of October in Birmingham, Alabama. Camping usually sells out in advance and is a really fun time with lots to see and do. Something worth planning for next year if some of you are interested.
Barber's is Friday thru Sunday Oct 11-13, 2013 (actually opens Thursday if you are Swap Meet Vendor or Racer). Camping is already sold out in the Barber complex. I will be at Swap Meet Space #H-30 again this year.......come by and say "hello".

FYI..........the IronHorse closes Oct 31 for the Season.

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So with a bunch of suggestions I received, I've made out some routes for a 7 day trek. For now, I've based some of my days on using Cherokee, NC as a home base for camping, but am open to other places - (camping with electrical hookups and wifi would be great too). Anywhere I stay, I would like to be close to a lake or river too.

Any more suggestions are much appreciated!

Day 1 Route http://goo.gl/maps/N6bpz (Mississauga to North Tazewell VA)

Day 2 Route http://goo.gl/maps/kp7vh (North Tazewell VA to Cherokee NC)

Day 3 Route http://goo.gl/maps/SjVcY (Deals Gap Area)

Day 4 Route http://goo.gl/maps/zVDgf (Deals Gap Area)

Day 5 Route http://goo.gl/maps/6b4cu (Cherokee to Blue Bend Campground WV)

Day 6 Route http://goo.gl/maps/k6zR4 (Blue Bend via Smoke Hole to Greenwood Furnace State Park PA)

Day 7 Route http://goo.gl/maps/oNJtQ (Greenwood Furnace State Park to Mississauga)

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