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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-19-2017, 10:21 AM
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If Skyline Drive was in Kansas it would be absolutely incredible. But.....so many other places just south of where Skyine IS that I think are so much better.

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One other tip what I did was pick up a Sub way sub for lunch before getting on lots of nice view to stop at and have lunch
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One other tip what I did was pick up a Sub way sub for lunch before getting on lots of nice view to stop at and have lunch
Great idea!!! Subway is my go to when I desire to limit my break time.

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The times I've driven all off BRP it took 2 days. I drove Skyline once and don't plan to do that one again. Just didn't care for it. Even the north part of BRP is "less interesting" to me. I like the southern part a lot better. Last 2 times never made it across the NC border. Just my opinion.
Ditto all of the above, & we ride it alot.
The southern section alone takes at least a couple of days with all the good side trips,
226A/Diamondback, 80/Devils Whip, 276/Looking Glass Falls & Sliding Rock, 215/jus d*** fine road!
You can go down and right back up any one of these, on either side of the range, & jus have a blast
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I rode from Parkersburg, WV to Fancy Gap, VA on 77 then got on the Blue Ridge late morning and slept in Asheville that night. It was a long day, but I did stop several times at the overlooks and was at my motel in Asheville by dusk. I was riding by myself so i kept a pace that I was comfortable with. However, being a Floridian, I did not realize that it still gets cool in May and was under dressed. I had some mild hypothermia by the time I arrived in Asheville.

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I think the Google Maps numbers for travel time will be pretty accurate. As you plan your stopped time (gas, meals, etc.) I wouldn't discount a few stops in pullouts. It is, after all, sort of the point of the whole thing. +1 to what varider says.

Mid-week is a great idea. Weekends are a pain with all the extra sightseers.

I tried to ride the whole BRP+Skyline 2 years ago. Got socked in with heavy fog at higher elevations, then some rain, and some road construction. So I bailed after about 1/2 of it. Have alternate plans.

Skyline Drive is 105 miles at 35mph. Net - 3 hours driving. I bang it out now and then on a big loop, usually on a crisp cool morning when I'm not working and most others are. I don't think it is boring, unless you are stuck behind a minivan.
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Keep in mind that fog can destroy your travel time estimates. Sometimes, the fog is so thick that 20 m.p.h. is risky, and it's impossible to know in advance what weather you'll encounter.
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Was just watching a video i took of the southern portion of the BR pkwy. Enjoy
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I have ridden BRP and Skyline once and it now is in my "been there, done that" category. The best part of it for me was that the altitude gave some relief from the heat and humidity in the valleys. It is a good but not great ride, IMO, and certainly worth the experience at least once. To me, the road and views got repetitious and after awhile I just kept going to get it done.

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