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Planning a Trip to the Blue Ridge area 09/6 to 09/10
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RE: Planning a Trip to the Blue Ridge area 09/6 to 09/10
Hi mister, I live about 25 miles east of Little Switzerland, on a lake in the foothills. You've already got a pretty good list of roads, but I'd suggest adding 221 from Linville to Blowing Rock - it passes below the Linville Viaduct on the BRP. As far as traffic on 226A ("the Diamondback"), I've never seen more than a car or two -- not at all as crowded as The Dragon seems to be. Depending on what you're looking for, there are several nice stops with short hikes and great scenery (like Linville Falls). A few OK lunch stops, mainly at Mt Mitchell, Little Switzerland, and Blowing Rock.

I'll follow your posts, and try and meet up with you all for a ride when you get here! Hopefully, Houtman can join in also. I've only lived here for about 2.5 years now, but have found lots of great bike riding, and will be happy to share suggestions.

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(This post was last modified: 04-17-2018 07:35 AM by The A-man.)
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RE: Planning a Trip to the Blue Ridge area 09/6 to 09/10
That does look like a pretty gnarly road...my first impression of it is that it will be too far off base for the wife (it's the return trip that kills you, you know). I feel like there's so many great roads up there, you could live in the area for years and not find all of them. There's got to be a different twisty for you to go play in ever weekend. Asheville has in good roads what Charleston has in good food.

if we can work anything out at the time, i'm down for it.
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RE: Planning a Trip to the Blue Ridge area 09/6 to 09/10
When I rode the BRP in '08 I went to some tourist website (perhaps BRP specific, I can't recall) and they mailed me a whole package about the BRP and surrounding area complete with maps and brochures.

It really came in handy.

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RE: Planning a Trip to the Blue Ridge area 09/6 to 09/10
hot tip w/r! i found it. got some materials on the way for asheville and all adjacent counties. that should cover the kind of distance we're looking to range.
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RE: Planning a Trip to the Blue Ridge area 09/6 to 09/10
Mister , our daughter and family live on Johns Island , are you anywhere near that area ?
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RE: Planning a Trip to the Blue Ridge area 09/6 to 09/10
I know that area well. I work in Mount Pleasant and live in North Charleston. I have projects all over that area.
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RE: Planning a Trip to the Blue Ridge area 09/6 to 09/10
(04-17-2018 09:42 AM)misterprofessionality Wrote:  hot tip w/r! i found it. got some materials on the way for asheville and all adjacent counties. that should cover the kind of distance we're looking to range.

AwesomeClap, glad I could be of some help.

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RE: Planning a Trip to the Blue Ridge area 09/6 to 09/10
(04-16-2018 01:40 PM)misterprofessionality Wrote:  As the title says, i'm riding up to stay in Asheville to explore the Blue Ridge area during the month of September. I used to live in Asheville, so I know my way around fairly well, but that was when I was a kid and there were no bikes in my life. I'm looking to take a number of rides along the parkway and some famous roads, along with hitting tourist spots for me and my wife to enjoy.

I'm just putting this here so that if anybody is in the area and wants to make plans to ride, I'm open to suggestions. The only things I'm scheduling for certain are a ride or two down 226A and 80, as well as hikes up Pisgah and Mitchell.

See you in the mountains! The ferret

Hey there, I'd be glad to meet you there, or even head that way with you. I also live in Charleston.
Ken

(04-16-2018 01:52 PM)EmptySea Wrote:  My group will be in the area about 3 weeks after that. Otherwise, we could meet up one for a day ride. Even if you are familiar with the area, you may want to buy some maps from https://americaridesmaps.com/ . They have proven very useful to me in planning routes. Too bad about the timing.

When and where are you guys going to be going? I might have to join you guys. Love it up there that time of year.
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RE: Planning a Trip to the Blue Ridge area 09/6 to 09/10
Holy CycleBikes, looks like this is turning into a thing.

So far the wife and I have planned for Mt. Pisgah, some riding on the BRP and surrounding roads, and horseback riding on 09/7, Asheville town sightseeing and some maybe some light riding on 9/8 and lots of riding around Little Switzerland and Mt. Mitchell on 9/9. At first glance it looks like 9/9 is the day to meet up with folks that are already in town.

P.S.: CycleBike is what CB stands for. I'm making that a thing.
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