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04-07-2011 10:50 AM
dirtgeek I'm not sure if you said you were camping or moteling it. Willvillle Motorcycle Camp is a great place to stay. It is just off the BRP at Meadows of Dan over the state line in Virginia. Have a great trip with your Dad.

04-03-2011 11:49 PM
stratlanta Interesting. This trip is finally starting to take shape and it looks like we're going to be using the BRP - south to north - as our "backbone" if you will. We will be riding parts of it, taking loops off of it, and generally going until we feel like we need to turn around. Looking like the end of May right now, and during the week to (hopefully) avoid much of the traffic.
04-03-2011 02:55 PM
Originally Posted by GeorgiaBill View Post
Many of the roads that enter/exit the BRP in NC are lots of fun. Think I'll get back up there in mid-May.
This might be old news to some but I just ran across these maps in prep for a ride on the Parkway early this summer and they are more than I expected. The thing I like the most they are only 11” X 17” unfolded and easy to deal with. That plus they list all the best surrounding “loop” roads off the Parkway, gas stops off the Parkway, restrooms on the Parkway, lodging, camping, important sites and all the info a rider would need for a trip on the Parkway and surrounding area.

They are just great little maps and more than I expected. I got a six map package that covers the Blue Ridge Parkway (end to end) and surrounding area for around $30 and expect these to be my “go to” maps during my Parkway trip this summer. He also has some nice videos of some of the roads that are mapped on the following web site.

Check it out;
America Rides Maps - Blue Ridge - Smoky Mountain Motorcycle Ride Maps, smoky mountains, blue ridge parkway, deals gap, tail of the dragon
04-03-2011 02:22 PM
Originally Posted by Stromin'Nroman View Post
If you plan on the Blue Ride Parkway in May, you'll definately want to check for closures. If this winter is anything like last winter, there may still be sections littered with trees and rocks until May and beyond.
I rode the entire BRP south to north in May 2009. I think there were 3 detours at that time, and only 2 or 3 campgrounds were open.

Also rode portions in August and October that year. The October trip included Skyline Drive on a Monday that must have been a DC federal holiday. Traffic was horrible and I found me another road ASAP. I experienced lots of Saturday traffic on the BRP 5-6 years ago.

Many of the roads that enter/exit the BRP in NC are lots of fun. Think I'll get back up there in mid-May.

12-12-2010 03:02 PM
stratlanta VC - that's great. Thanks so much!
12-12-2010 02:27 PM
ViciousCycler Living in this area, it can be difficult reriding great roads to get to other great roads. If you’re tired of the Dragon and Cherohala, you might consider a loop up around the Devils Triangle at Oliver Springs, TN.

From Haute-lanta go up to Dahlonega and 60 north to take Suches and Wolf Pen Gap Rd to 19/129 and then SR180 to 75/17. Take 75/17 north to Hiawassee. Now its your choice of 17 or 75 north to 64. West on 64 to Ducktown, TN and 68 north to Tellico Plains. Stop in at Tellico Motorcycle Outfitters and some other pretty cool little places.

From Tellico take 39 west to 310/Mecca Pike to Etowah and then 30 north through Athens and to Decatur. At Decatur take 58 north to 68 and then west on 68 to 27/29. Take 27/29 north through Harriman to Wartburg. Take hwy 62 east to Oliver Springs. This is the base of the Triangle. D/T crappy asphalt, most riders recommend a counterclockwise route around. At Oliver Springs, take 330 north to 116 off to the left. You’re ascending the Triangle now. You’ll descend to Petros, TN and the infamous Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary (now closed I think). When you reach 62 again, head west to Wartburg and take 27/29 up to Sunbright and Lou’s Café for a quality cheeseburger (featured by Alton Brown on his Feasting on Asphalt series).

From Sunbright take Burrville Rd north and bear right onto Peters Ford Rd to hwy 52 (considered to be one of the most scenic in TN). Take 52 west through Jamestown, Livingston, and Celina. Standing Stone State Park is b/w Livingston and Celina. Continue west on 52 to Red Boiling Springs and check out Cyclemo’s Motorcycle Museum.

From RBS, continue west on 52 to Orlinda, TN. Take 49 south through Springfield, Coopertown, Pleasant View, and Ashland City. Now take hwy 249 south to 70. Take 70 east through Pegram to McCrory Ln. Head south on McCrory Ln to Pasquo, TN and the famous Loveless Café on hwy 100. You’re now at the head of the Natchez Trace Pkwy.

Take NTP south all the way to Tupelo, MS. By now you’re smelling home and hoof it on I-22 to Birmingham and I-20 to Atlanta. You’re home!


1) I’m no typist so verify everything I said,
2) I’m at work with many distractions so verify everything I said,
3) I’ve ridden most all of these roads but some may be closed for repair, gravel, dirt, or just plain wrong so verify everything I said,
4) Alternative roads are numerous so Google Map recon is recommended,
5) I’ve never ridden this as one trip so I don’t know if this is a week’s ride or a month,
6) Lou’s may have sold or closed so check that out before going up there, it’s a long way b/w cheeseburgers,

I’d love to ride this myself as one trip. No matter what you choose to do, a week’s road trip with a dad, son, or daughter sounds awesome. Obligatory ride report will be expected.
12-08-2010 04:50 PM
Originally Posted by Stromin'Nroman View Post
Not the best wat to start a trip.

Hope your BiL wasn't hurt.
Oh yeah, he was fine. I wouldn't have tossed it out so casually if he wasn't! He lost focus in a very slow long sweeper and just went straight. He landed in a pile of pine mulch! Bike didn't fare well, but he was fine.
12-08-2010 03:41 PM
Originally Posted by Revanerand View Post
My bro-in-law totaled my bike on day 2.
Not the best way to start a trip.

Hope your BiL wasn't hurt.
12-08-2010 02:35 PM
Revanerand The section 15 seconds in is the exact curve I posted pictures of! You can see the waterfall on the right. I want to go there again. My long trip this past summer was cut way too short. My bro-in-law totaled my bike on day 2. So sad. Stratlanta, I hope you have a blast wherever you go.
12-08-2010 11:18 AM
Stromin'Nroman To further the praises of this delightfull little slice of road, I remembered I had this brief video:

YouTube - 151BTDpulloff.avi

The thing is, there are dozens of roads like this in the region (in West Virginia, too). If you like this kind of riding, you can spend a week kissing your mirror. If you want a "journey" the coastal/mountain loop sounds great.

Edit: Watching the video again, I am reminded to warn visitors to the mountains:
"Mind the centerline." I've seen too many close calls when folks come up for a ride. Including my best friend trading paint with a pickup pulling a camper on the way to the Dragon.
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