I've been wanting to do this trip for many years and since I get laid off for the winter as of October 5th, this seems like the perfect time to do it. This would be my first longer trip on the bike. I plan on leaving around Oct7th and would like to be away for around 7-10days max.
I'll be camping and tenting along the way. I've never camped before
but I'll have a new tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad before I go (and I will try out the tent first hand too). I've also never even taken the bike south of the border. Totally looking forward to it!
I have done a few 1200km-one day rides touring in Ontario, but that's about it. I'm hoping to average about 8-10hrs a day in the saddle and cover about 600km a day. I'll do some slab on my first day to get as far south as possible on day 1, but hopefully backroads from there on.
As for sightseeing, I'm very much into nature, so beautiful scenery accompanied by twisty roads is what I'm looking for. I was thinking about doing a lot of the Blue Ridge Parkway, passing through Deals Gap and surrounding area and then hitting the Barber museum in Birmingham.
I know some of you have done lots of longer trips and some out to the museum from this neck of the woods...
Any suggestions? Must hit roads? Cheap places to stay? I'd like to keep things a bit flexible as to what I'm doing or where I'm going as I go along. Some structure is fine, but I have no planned itinerary and would like to keep my costs down seeing as much as possible.
All insight and help is appreciated!
edit: forgot to mention that the only place I've settled on staying at so far is Fontana Village near Deals Gap. Other than that, I still have to figure out where I'm sleeping each night. Is camping by the roadside (away from traffic) or on parkland a no-no? I could just stay at campgrounds and such, but have no experience with what I am required to do to plan for that.