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    Blue Ridge Parkway "End-to-Enders"

    Last week my wife, Donna and I went on vacation. Our vacation happened to be on our K1200LT. Our vacation also happened to be from mile marker zero on the Blue Ridge Parkway back south to the end at mile marker 469. It was a vacation that we had planned as a retirement gift to me and ourselves. We have to brag that we're now "End-to-Enders"!

    We had fog, rain, wind & sunshine during the trip but were prepared for all of it.

    We intentionally took a leisurely trip and weren't in a hurry. In fact, we had even planned a 2 night layover in Little Switzerland, NC.

    If you're looking for something to read while having your evening cocktail or morning coffe, I wrote a summary of the trip on our blog.

    I had also made us a DVD slide show of some of the pictures and also uploaded it to You Tube if you're having your second drink or second cup of coffee that you can look at here.

    It was a trip I'd do again in a minute! And so would she!
    Chris Ehlbeck
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    Nice DVD and blog posting. Thanks for sharing. It's on my 'to do' list of future rides.
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    Detours

    What routes did you use to go around the detours?
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    I've done the Parkway round trip end to end twice. By the time I got home, each trip was a little over 1,000 miles (I lived near the Parkway at the time). I had dense fog and/or rain both times when I crossed the viaduct one way but the return trip was clear once. I spent two days each way and fiddled away one day in the Smokies exploring the casino in Cherokee and wandering through Gatlinburg and surrounding areas.

    I enjoyed both trips with very different riding companions on each trip. I found out the roads are very abrasive on much of the Parkway that is tough on tires. I apparently misjudged the tread on one trip and wondered if I was going to make it home with a slick rear tire.

    The only part of the Parkway that didn't meet my expectations was around Roanoke, Va where civilization has intruded and spoiled the serenity.
    'You can say what you want about the South, but I almost never hear of anyone wanting to retire to the North.

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    A very under appreciated road for motorcycles. People ride hundreds of miles to ride the most over hyped road, the Dragon and miss the BRP which is a shame.

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    First off, thanks for the nice comments. We just wanted to share.

    The comment about Roanoke is very true. From the parkway I was able to see a Wal-Mart and sub-divisions with yards that back right up to the parkway right of way. The amount of land for the parkway on either side of the road is actually pretty small I found out. On the other hand, when the parkway went through Asheville, we had no clue we were in Asheville. Some told us we would get bored but we never did.

    There was only the one posted detour from mm 230 to about 250 (for work from 232.5 to 236.9). We knew ahead of time from the National Park Servie website and just took and followed the route of US 21 into Sparta then NC 18 to Laurel Springs and NC 18 takes you back to the parkway. We could've shave a mile off it by turning onto 18 sooner but I see why they make you go the way they do. The detour was very well marked.

    From where we live I can go up to Deal's Gap and back in a day, leaving after breakfast and being back before dinner. But the Cherohala Skyway is a better ride to me. Don't get me wrong...if you happen to be in the area, head to Deal's Gap to see what the hype is about. My grips about it is the ones who treat it like a personal racetrack and get offended when others don't see it the same way.
    Chris Ehlbeck
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