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post #1 of 16 Old 04-08-2011, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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I rode the BRP this morning - while I could

I'm fortunate to live close to a nice section of the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP to hipsters like me) and on some mornings like today, I'll ride up to see the sunrise. Today was kinda so-so, not worth the flash memory.

Anyways after I got to the office, the nice people on a local radio station mentioned that if the Government shuts down, so will the BRP. Locally, this could put a major dent in our tourist economy. I might take another ride now, while I still can.

I don't really want this to become a political thread but hey, this is the internets, so it'll be what it'll be.

Just be forewarned, if it's closed, it will be gated and closed to pedestrians and bicyclists as well. There may be nobody there to enforce the closure, but who wants to take the chance on being hassled by disgruntled Park Rangers.

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This link was posted in a thread on ADVRider earlier today. Looks like there will be limited law enforcement rangers and emergency workers.

My guess is they would have to have some kind of law enforcement to keep people off the parkway.

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Reminds me of a time years ago when I lived in CT. The governor closed the state parks because of a budget impasse. When my friends and I went to our local state park to go mountain biking, there was a ranger stationed there just to tell us the park was closed. Never saw a ranger there before (or any other state employee for that matter).

Should anyone be surprised that people are so cynical about how the government operates?

If they close the BRP shouldn't they close all federally funded roads? Politics suck.

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I'm jealous. I love that road, it's gorgeous.

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I don't need the govt to protect me.
Why is there always the illusion of security when uncle sam is involved?
There's plenty of beautiful riding in just about any direction down your way even without the BRP.
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I'm jealous. I love that road, it's gorgeous.
Went up there this evening with my wife to see the sunset.

She lost a hair tie, guess I've gotta go back up again in the morning and try to fin it.

It was her favorite.

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Im glad to see it will be remaining open. :beatnik:

Now I just need to find some time to ride it!

It's kind of strange, how the mountains pay us no attention at ll. You laugh or cry and the wind just keeps on blowing.

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Went up there this evening with my wife to see the sunset.

She lost a hair tie, guess I've gotta go back up again in the morning and try to fin it.

It was her favorite.
Yeah, yeah. That makes me feel so much better At least take a couple of pictures while you're there. I can tape them to my windscreen and pretend

We do have the Natchez Trace Parkway here. No comparison to the BRP as far as views goes, but it beats nothing.

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Yeah, yeah. That makes me feel so much better
If it makes you feel any better, I went up again this morning and couldn't find the hair tie.

I did see another sunset, it was sort of ho-hum, not like this:



Something else about the more elevated parts of the BRP in the early morning: It's warmer than in the valleys. I dropped a layer while I was up there only to wish I had it back on 15 minutes later when I was close to home.

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