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    Vacation plan help needed for Blue Ridge area

    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 wifeÔÇÖs 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 SkywayÔÇÖs any other parkways or like roads?
    5. Places of interest & why you suggest them.

    Thanks in advance for your help
    Mike G BMWRider79

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    BRP Suggestions

    We usually set up "camp" in a condo in Blowing Rock, NC. for about 2 months each summer. Just a few miles south of Blowing Rock is a nice campground on the parkway. There is also a campground about 1 hour north of Blowing Rock--Doughton Park. Both have RV sites with no hook-ups, but with the Golden Age pass are only about $8 per night.

    If you use either of these as a base you can be to the south entrance at Cherokee SC in about 200 miles. There are dozens of hotels in town if you can stand the honky-tonk. If not, Mt Pisgah on the Parkway at about mile 60 has both hotel and campground spaces. The Biltmore is about an hour from there.

    Going North, the best place to stay near the end of the Parkway is the Peaks of Otter. Again, there is both a hotel and campground. I have stayed at every campground and hotel on the parkway, none are bad and all are in the $100/nite price range.

    There are dozens of motels just off the parkway, the NPS has a newspaper guide to these.

    You should also plan to ride the Shenandoah NP (Skyline Drive). There are several hotels and campgrounds that are also nice. Same price and same arrangement.

    The choices for riding off the Parkway are endless.

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    Ditto Tom's recommendations on the Pisgah Inn and Peaks of Otter. These are regular stops for us, although we have not camped there but instead stayed in the lodges. Good food at these locations, too; especially at the Pisgah Inn, where they will prepare box lunches for you to take along on a hike or ride. Be prepared for 35 mph speed limits on the Shennandoah Parkway as compared to 45 mph on the BRP. - Mike

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    Another great place is the Big Lynn Lodge, on 226A, just south of Spruce Pine NC, just off the BRP.

    Great view the wife and you can enjoy, and the accommodation's are not new, but clean. They also include a full dinner and breakfast with the price in the lodge. Family owned/operated.

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    I get the magazine!

    Quote Originally Posted by Statdawg View Post
    Bryson City, North Carolina is covered in the new Roadrunner magazine. If you can't get it send me a PM and I can mail you mine.

    http://www.roadrunner.travel/issuedetail.php
    We have been trying to do this trip for 3 years. due to situations beyond our control could not happen.

    This article put life back in the plan. Thanks for the info so far keep'em coming

    Thanks
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    South end... near Cherohala Skyway... BRP and some great riding...


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    Resevations??

    How critical are reservations? We are going to get down there July 3rd.

    Please advise.
    Mike G
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    We stayed at Brooksong in Maggie Valley,

    http://www.brooksong.com/

    charming, new, and Betty and Cletis were great hosts...

    The biggest problem we had on the BRP was lack of grocery stores, seems Walmart has killed off all the Mom and Pops.

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