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post #1 of 11 Old 04-16-2012, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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Rode down your neck of the woods 2 years ago but was very pressed for time. As I recall we did Skyline - Blue Ridge Pkwy and made our way to Deal's Gap then went home (Ontario, Canada) via Ohio. Beautiful country - I was a bit disappointed by two things:
(1) What in the f*##k is a "dry county" and why would anyone allow that to happen? and
(2) I got the impression that while Deal's Gap gets all the press, there are much better roads in the area. Any thoughts - "must see roads", etc. We aren't afraid of dirt/gravel/etc so anything you can suggest would be great - we plan to spend 3-4 days down there this time so I'd love to hear your suggestions. As well, any thoughts for the ideal town or hotel/motel to use as a base?

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A "dry" county is one where you have a pretty good chance of scoring some moonshine.

When do you plan on being here?

I can sketch out some routes in a few days, really busy right now.

I'd definitely recommend the Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge in Stecoah.

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Whatcha doing May 17-20???

https://www.stromtrooper.com/events/7...ay-2012-a.html

Check out the maps, too..............

www.easternvstromrally.com
Over 100 Attendees at the May 2019......already planning it for 2020!!
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On the way south.

I think you would prefer secondary roads instead of Interstate Highways.

If that is so, consider this route. We start at the Peace Bridge, where
I have arranged that eastbound Suzuki motorcycles pay no toll!!!

Get onto I-90, and follow it past the big right turn toward Erie PA. Get off at Exit 57 and follow NY-75 southbound, which connects with US-62 southbound after about 3 kilometers. This US-62 is a favorite of mine, and I have used it a lot.

Your last chance for Tim Hortons is in Gowanda NY. US-62 goes through Amish country, and you may encounter horse-drawn carriages. I choose to pull in the clutch and run almost silently past horses, because I do not want the horse to be startled (or perhaps spot a chance at freedom) and climb onto the motorcycle. Suit yourself on that issue.

US-62 enters Pennsylvania, and follows the Allegheny River for a while.
The scenery is very pleasant, and the road surface is pretty good.

Here is a "long cut" you can take if you want: at Tidioute PA, get onto PA-127, which wiggles and eventually returns you to US-62 after almost ten kilometers.

Here is a short cut: When you can make a left turn onto PA-965, do it,
and you will shorten the journey by about six kilometers.
This road also returns you to US-62, just before you reach I-79.

I take I-79 south to Sutton WV, then US-19 south to Beckley WV (observe the 50 MPH limit in $ummer$ville), then I-77 south to I-81, where I turn WEST and follow I-81 SOUTHbound for two miles to Exit 70, and there I pick up US-21 in the town of Wytheville Virginia.

Let me tell you, this US-21 is a treat! It wiggles its way up a mountain and down the other side, and it is a joy to ride. It shows you all sorts of farms, rural villages, and pleasant hillsides. After a couple of hours, it brings you back to I-77 southbound, near Jonesville North Carolina.

At that point, you can decide to make time on I-77 or continue on US-21 to Statesville NC, where you face the same decision. If you stay on US-21, it will keep bringing you back to I-77 until finally it merges with I-77, 33 miles from South Carolina.

I know some more wiggles in and south of South Carolina,
but you didn't express interest in those states.

I hope you enjoy your ride.

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the Peace Bridge into USA. I bet you knew that.

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The Cherohala Skyway is a great road.
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Thanks

Wow great responses - thanks.

I'm still a bit fuzzy on the "dry" thing - definitely ruined my trip last time I was there!!

Love the ideas and would welcome any and all route ideas - I see a thread on a gravel road in this same forum - Tula Gap or something like that - that really looks interesting.

I'll keep watching this guys - thanks.

Anyone ever coming my way just give a holler - lots of nice roads up here too, although the scenery is not quite the same.

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Alternately, you can stay in Asheville.

It's anything but dry, with 10 local craft breweries and many accomdations a short cab ride from the downtown collection of brewpubs and fine dining.

From Asheville pick a direction and you'll find roads to thrill and entertain you all day.

I can suggest some routes and destinations if you decide to stay there.

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As i recall we ended up in Robbinsville last time at the end of a very long day - could not believe there was not a beer to be had anywhere - at least not for me. Made quite a stink (what a jerk!!) but no one offered any moonshine! At any rate Asheville sounds great. I'm really looking forward to this - probably late summer the way things are shaping up at work.
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At any rate Asheville sounds great. I'm really looking forward to this - probably late summer the way things are shaping up at work.
Drop me a line a week or two before you head out.
If I'm not too busy, I might be able to give you a little tour.

BTW,

The Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is building a new facility in a place where current law does not allow its sale. Go figure.

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Nice offer

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Drop me a line a week or two before you head out.
If I'm not too busy, I might be able to give you a little tour.

BTW,

The Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is building a new facility in a place where current law does not allow its sale. Go figure.
I guarantee we will call you - very kind of you. We expect now to be in your area sometime around the 3rd or 4th of September. I'll give you a head's up a few weeks ahead of that. Even to meet for a beer and get some ideas would be great!

Love the Zappa reference!

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