January 1, 2009 at 6:20 pm #58712GORE MICHAELSpectator
Dear Fellow Riders;
Need advice for a vacation that includes the Blue Ridge parkway. We are planning on leaving July 3rd and getting home on the 12th. Using the truck & trailer 1 day travel each way getting there & back. Needing 1 day of rest when we get there. Yes that is right we are candy asses.
Our situation, My wife and I are not Iron Butt people. We prefer our camper to sleep in over B&B’s and Hotels. We usually stay in our area Northern Illinois & Wisconsin, triple towing our 5th wheel & bike in tow behind camper. Then do some day riding in the countryside.
This summer were thinking of setting up camp some where along the BRP around mid section of parkway and then going north for a day staying at north end over night at a hotel then back to camp rest a day or so then do the same for south end. 200 to 250 miles per day is usually enough when we are 2up. We have done 400 mile days but the wife does not like that much saddle time in one day. This should be more of a leisurely trip versus a max miles per day trip.
I have done some rule checking on triple towing and supposedly if I stay on major roads interstates & state hwy’s the LEOS will leave us along concerning the triple tow. Please advise if you have any other info on this matter.
The cost of pulling the trailer vs staying at hotels is not a major consideration unless diesel goes back up to $4.50 a gallon.
We do want to see the Biltmore, sight seeing along the way, nature & scenery photography, & do a little shopping. Were not into museums, unless it is a Motorcycle Museum.
We are not dying to do Deals Gap. I would by my self but that is not my wife’s idea of good time. Not that we cannot do some twisties, but that is not the goal here. Doing the Cherola Skyway and any other like road. Less traveled the better. We ride a LT not a GS for what its worth.
What are my specific questions?
1. Best location to stay Middle, North end, or South end?
2. Hotels to stay?
3. Campground to use for a base camp?
4. Besides BRP & Cherola Skyway’s any other parkways or like roads?
5. Places of interest & why you suggest them.
Thanks in advance for your help
Mike G BMWRider79January 1, 2009 at 6:20 pm #61299GORE MICHAELSpectator
Thanks to all who offered advice. Here is what we did.
As a guide I am from the Chicago area I am used to paying to much for average food, so keep that in mind. I prefer home cooked with no fancy crap to confuse the dinner. for instance Like walnut sprinkled coco berry infused over cooked trout. Just give me the trout baked with butter and if needed lemon!
3 days at Peaks of Otter
Riding good, Peaks of Otter winery good, ride back to peaks of otter through gravel mountain pass on my K1200LT wild to say the least.
Room was very spartan early 60’s, but clean. food at lodge was pretty good. just ok for the price breakfast was good. dinners just ok.
Trip to mid point Bluffs lodge. Fog thick as a marshmallow yikes!
Bluffs lodge. Again spartan but clean this place late 40’s early 50’s decor.
Food I should not say, but the chicken dinner is worth the 30 min wait and I would seriously ride there specfically for dinner from Chicago. Two of the waitresses have worked there over 50 years each. service just like at grandmas when I was a wee one. Breakfast hearty value excellent
Riding in area was good a few side trips off the BRP. Like to Mt Airy ie.. Mayberry Andy Griffith show town. yes we saw Floyd the barber
Funny Story met 4 guys at Bluffs lodge restaurant. 1 BMW rider 2 UJM cruisers and 1 riding a HD. We came out and they were reading my license plate frame. It says “one less Harly” Well 3 of the guys were giving the business to the HD rider. Then they noticed the sticker about loud pipes then they really gave him the business. The friendly ribbing was a scene straight out of Wild Hogs movie. We all had a good laugh and headed out for some excellent riding.
Trip to Mt Pisgah good clear some construction on the way north of Ashville
Mt Pisgah lodge was very new and what a view when fog was gone. Rooms very modern with TV. Dinning was just ok see above about trout. You get breakfast with room but choices were not entire menu. Over all food not as good as it could have been.
Went to Biltmore was expecting a $40.00 admission price is now $55 yikes but sucked it up to help out the folks who work there. In all fairness if is a amazing place. value is ??? but still amazing.
Highlite of trip: Wheels through time in Maggie Vally. Owner Doug was from Illinois and is a class act. Any bike I wanted to hear run he would start up if i requested. He is not getting the support from the local area even though many people visit and dump $$ in the area when they visit. entry fee is $12.00 and well worth it. I have been to the Barber in Alabama, The JP museum in Anamosa, Iowa and The wheels through time is a real museum that runs! Yes it is his tag line but it is really a trip back in time. Expect much H-D, Indian, and real mixed bag of pre WW2 & WW1 bikes. Plus some other surprises you might not expect.
Side note open weekends only ( found out hard way) and check web site for GPS directions as mine had me going every where but there. Yes I found out that the hard way as well.
Great dining experience in Waynesville,NC The Sweet Onion. Service excellent, value excellent,
BRP riding was every thing I expected and more. I have serious envy for any one that lives in that area and rides. I am from Illinois and yes we do have on and of ramp for turns but our roads were drawn using graph paper!.
We met a lot of nice fellow cyclists. My Wife ( who does not ride her own yet) who will be doing the MSF course in August met some nice ladies who offered good advice for her future riding adventures.
We did not get to do as much as we would have liked to but we will be back again to explore more.
Once again thanks to all who offered good ideas that will be explored next time.January 1, 2009 at 6:20 pm #61065MARK FLANAGANSpectator
Love the Blue Ridge MC Campground. Went by the one in Telico Plains and it looked very nice, too. Never been to Willville but would like to this year.
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