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10-18-2010 07:12 PM
Juan Tanamera Thanks to all for your tips. I fell behind taking too many pictures along the way and leaving later each morning than I had anticipated because people were so friendly and feeding me dinner and breakfast Can't dine and dash!

But I still got to ride all the roads I wanted to and a few surprise guests.

Ride report is here and I won't post a ton of pictures on this site to keep the bandwidth down.

6000km in 10days with 2 of those days spent checking out Barber Museum... It was fantastic and I highly recommend going for anyone who has not yet been..

09-27-2010 07:54 PM
Juan Tanamera So here's my proposed route. As always, your comments and advice is very helpful in making the journey that much more enjoyable.

I've read elsewhere that some roads get so twisty in some areas, that 300miles can be a full day. I'm accustomed to knocking off 600miles+ in a day, but that's usually at an average of 55m/hr on faster sweepers as opposed to tighter, technical roads. I'm hope that each day I can accomplish what I have estimated, but since I want to make camp each night while there is still some light out, I figure I may have to change my route as I go. I don't want to ride at night and chance it with the wildlife. I'm an early riser, so I hope to be on the road each day by around 8am, unless I go hiking around. One thing is for certain - on my way back, I do want to do the BRP from end to end. I hope there is no road closures...

Route Day 1 - October 6th - 867 km
Camping in Monongahela National Park (Day Run Campground) - close to Marlinton (US219) Monongahela National Forest Campgrounds

Route Day 2 - October 7th - 448miles (720km)
Camping with some other riders heading down from Toronto in Deals Gap or:
(Fontana Village - View Accommodation - Fontana Village Resort ) or
(Ironhorse - Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge near Deals Gap and Cherohala Skyway)

Day 3 October 8th - 291 miles (481km) Fastest route from Deals Gap to Barber Museum to get there as early as possible.
Barber : Directions

Day 4 October 9th - Barber Museum - day to relax and check out the sights

Route Day 5 - October 10th - 248miles (399km)
Leave Barber around noon, swing over to Mississippi, and ride along Natchez Parkway to Meriwether Lewis Monument (Free camping at milepost 385 near Hohenwald, TN)

Route Day 6 - October 11th - 378 miles (608km)
Meriwether Lewis Monument back to Deals Gap

Route Day 7 - October 12th - 290 miles (466km)
Deals Gap to Boone KOA (along the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC)
Boone KOA - (Boone North Carolina Camping, Boone Campground in North Carolina - KOA in Boone)

Route Day 8 - October 13th - 312 Miles (500km)
Boone KOA to Lewis Mountain Campground ( along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah Park)
Lewis Mountain:

Route Day 9 - October 14th - 376 miles (605km)
Shenandoah to Allegheny National Park (Hearts Content Recreation Area)
Allegheny National Forest- Recreational Activities

Route Day 10 - October 15th - 237 miles (381km)
Allegheny National Park to Toronto
09-22-2010 06:03 PM
Juan Tanamera Thx for the temperature heads up and I would be interested in the other museums. I do plan on doing the Skyline and BRP. In fact, I wanted to do the whole thing from start to finish and end up passing through Deals and then on to Barber's. Time isn't really an issue, so long as I can make it down to Barbers in 3 days and then take a longer route home if need be.

Tom - Sorry I missed you all in Wilberforce - it looks like it was just as fun as last year. The sleeping bag I got is good down to -10C or 14degF, so hopefully I'll be just fine. I tried it out in my condo and it was super comfy with the thermarest. Thanks for the heads up about the venting at night.

Next question: How the hell are you supposed to get the sleeping bag packed back into the bag that comes with it? I broke a sweat trying to take the air out and get it back in. Once it's in, it's easy to take the remaining air out and compress it, but damn... getting it back in will be the thorn of this trip....
09-22-2010 05:44 PM
RC4MAN If you're coming down Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Pkwy. near the end of the BRP there is "Wheels Through Time" museum in Maggie Valley NC that you should also visit. Good reasonable motels there as well.
I've been to both museums and they're both good in their way.
Home*-*Wheels Through Time
As for temps along the Blue Ridge, we're to get a cooler shift beginning next week. Right now night temps will be upper 50's to lower 60's. Next week it'll drop 10-15
09-22-2010 05:38 PM
V-Tom For what it's worth, I slept this weekend in my tent up at Wilberforce. it was down to 3c (37f) at night and when I got up. Sleeping on my Exped Synmat 9 dlx pump and in my Wiggy bags I was too warm and had to take off the overbag. I was very comfy in my tent (same as yours) but remember to leave the vents open if there is any moisture at all to avoid condensation.

09-22-2010 05:15 PM
Juan Tanamera Anyone know what kind of temperatures I can expect this time of year camping along the Blue Ridge at night?

I see that in Birmingham it's hot during the day and still quite warm at night and so I'm wondering just how cold it will be at night in the higher elevations further north in Penn or Virginia. Any snow at this time of year?

I just bought a Eureka Puffin 400 (-14degF) as my sleeping bag and MSR Dragonfly stove. Grabbed a set of Givi E41's for cheap, so it seems I'm all set including new tires and oil change happening this coming week.
09-19-2010 02:04 PM
Juan Tanamera I'd love to go to Argentina.....
Actually, I was just having this conversation with my girlfriend... I know there is only so much I can do, so I'll just have to ride it out and see how far I can make it. And yes, sometimes it's not a bad thing being laid off and it does help having no fixed return date...

It's a bit tough to determine how far I will travel each day... I'm used to riding easily for 10hrs, but 10 hrs on twisty roads sometimes doesn't take you very far... I'll be hitting up the local CAA (like AAA) office for some maps and other things to make my planning easier..

I just tried out my new tent yesterday and set and take down was a breeze, so things are slowly starting to fall into place... still have to buy my sleeping bag and stove...
09-17-2010 09:05 PM
aldntn "I was thinking that it would be very interesting to drive even further south to see the gulf coast damage and New Orleans"

That kind of thinking will ultimately put you in Argentina. You gotta be careful with good ideas. I really like Louisiana folks and the food they cook. You don't have to go to the big cities to eat great. I particularly like the Henderson, Breaux Bridge, St. Martinville area. New Orleans is a fun town.
09-16-2010 04:01 PM
Juan Tanamera Thanks Eddie - I sent you PM.

aldntn: I've also been reading through that budget travel thread on ADV and there is some great and highly useful information in there. Good to know about the dispersed camping!

Today I was thinking that it would be very interesting to drive even further south to see the gulf coast damage and New Orleans. I don't watch TV anymore and rarely read the paper, so I'm very out of touch with the oil spill and the aftermath of Katrina, but thought it would be a nice thing to do to at least go down, see it firsthand and support the local establishments a bit.
09-16-2010 11:49 AM
eddie98 If you plan on riding thru Atlanta give me a shout.
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