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post #11 of 21 Old 07-28-2019, 08:59 PM
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Rounder1 and I went up top the BRP today near Mt. Mitchel state park. We were surprised by the beginnings of a chip seal treatment of the parkway. Just a couple of miles had been done so far. Of course with V-Stroms it wasn't much of a challenge, but I felt for Rounder1s buddy on a cruiser who was with us. Looks like they are just starting the operation so there may be chip seal gravel there for the rest of the summer.
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Rounder1 and I went up top the BRP today near Mt. Mitchel state park. We were surprised by the beginnings of a chip seal treatment of the parkway. Just a couple of miles had been done so far. Of course with V-Stroms it wasn't much of a challenge, but I felt for Rounder1s buddy on a cruiser who was with us. Looks like they are just starting the operation so there may be chip seal gravel there for the rest of the summer.
The ENTIRE length of the BRP is being "improved" with the nasty 'chip and seal' treatment. It won't be worth riding for the next 3 or 4 years until the loose chip has been worn down by car traffic.

It a shame that one of the very best east coast roads has been turned to 'bull pucks'

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I know it's a personal tolerance thing, but having ridden dirt bikes in the Cascade Mountains for nearly thirty years a little chip seal doesn't bother me much. At least while on V-Strom with semi aggressive tires. It's just a "character"
or at worst a nuisance at the speed limit. I would still make the trip. This time of year the cars and nearly out of control downhill bicyclist are the hazards.
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Was on it this past weekend. From Roanoke north the road is in great shape. Hope they don't chip seal it.

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Was on it this past weekend. From Roanoke north the road is in great shape. Hope they don't chip seal it.
The National Parks Service intends to Chip/Seal the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
https://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvis...eservation.htm

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On a summer weekend you're lucky be able to hit 45 on the BRP, with all the cars, RV's and whatnot. I've ridden sections of it and once from north to south. On the end to end run, we covered about a 1/3 of it before stopping for the night. The next morning we got up early, skipped breakfast and rode until we started seeing traffic before we stopped to eat. That morning ride will stick with me as long as my memory works. We set our own pace and only saw deer and turkey for the first few hours.
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I am in the Ozarks and for the first time they used some alternative (or alternative method where no tar is exposed and no loose rock is left) to chip and seal. I have no idea what it is or how it was laid but it is great. No tar or loose rock. I used to dread it each year. I can't imagine it being much more expensive (or the state of Missouri paying more) for covering our rural hilly twisties with that which have very low traffic.

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I love the BRP and have always enjoyed it at whatever the road dictated was the safe speed and have been lucky to never get a ticket.
Have ridden it end to end and often in top gear having fun!

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Tried it on my bicycle with camping gear 3 years ago. My knees gave out on day 2. The problem was there was no level part. Either up or down, which to me felt like continually up. I find the basic NC side roads to be way more twisty. Love Shull's Mill Road, which is a couple of miles from my Pappy's house. Hope to visit on my motorized bike in September.

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Tried it on my bicycle with camping gear 3 years ago. My knees gave out on day 2. The problem was there was no level part. Either up or down, which to me felt like continually up. I find the basic NC side roads to be way more twisty. Love Shull's Mill Road, which is a couple of miles from my Pappy's house. Hope to visit on my motorized bike in September.
Just be aware of the Chip and Seal resurfacing project

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