Hi Monty, glad to see you've joined us. Riding in the N.C. piedmont and coastal areas is pretty good during most of the year, summer's a bit hot. The mountain's are good except in the winter where it might be warm enough or it might be snowing, storms come up fast in the higher elevations and of course at the coast as well. Overall i think that if you have to live near a city, you'll have to ride a ways to find some good peaceful asphalt. Most of our good dirt roads have been paved although i did about 50 miles of gravel at uwharrie national forest(middle part of the state) saturday and only saw 3 other people. Pretty nice. Lots of traffic here now as the yanks come south and will never leave. We do have room though for several more so feel welcome. Your roads are probably as good as ours, probably better but you'll get to ride more down here. My advice would be to invest in plenty of mesh gear as northerners occasionally melt. After a few years the heat won't bother you as much. Let us know when your coming, we'll git a pig on!! J.R.
I live in Greensboro and we generally head north and west from here. An hour can get you out of the piedmont into the foothills and then into the Blue Ridge. Lots of secondary roads. Kind of hard to find "bad" roads once you get off the primary roads.
From here it is an easy ride to Va., West. Va. and the corner of Tenn. and Kentucky. A NC Gazetteer will show you more roads that you can ride in a year.
The Rockies have grandeur, we have some of the oldest mountains in the world just south of us, the Uhwarries. The more I ride the more there is to see. Are these the most interesting roads in the country? I doubt it. But interesting enough to know that a "new" road isn't that far away.
Just an opinion.
If you are in the area, get in touch, we will show you a few roads if we can.
BTW, just got the 05 wee at Christmas, then sold my Victory classic cruiser. The wee makes all of the "old" roads new ones.
There are many fine roads and areas for riding. I live in the western foothills and anywhere north /west of here provides great variety. We still have dirt/gravel roads. By the time you get East of Greensboro it is flat and sandy on out to the coast. The riding season can, with a liitle luck and fortitude last the year round. I moved here 26 years ago after a ride on the BRP (No job, no contacts, no plan but things have a way of working out). This is a great place to call home.
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