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Blue Ridge 2012

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Ride Stats:

  • Distance: 696.91 miles / 1121.6 km
  • Ride Time: 1 week (5-7 days)
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $52.96
  • Countries Visited: Canada, United States
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Word of advice: don’t trust Google map’s estimate in duration for this trip, we did and realized that it was constantly underestimating duration by 3-4 hours. Most days were 9 hours of riding.

Day 1 – Toronto to Altoona
We did most of it in the rain but it was nonetheless memorable. Especially between Emporium and Lock Haven, HWY120 is a gorgeous ride. Sweeping curves and picturesque towns made for a relaxing day.

Day 2 – Altoona to Roanoke
Gorgeous day… Especially when entering Seneca Rocks National Forest. Route 55/28 is a beautiful ride through hills, covered with canopies of trees, both sweeping curves and tight switch backs (overheating my brakes at one point). The only issue was the amount of rigs trying to make good time on route 92. We stuck to route 28 which we were told by road workers had no trucks… They were right, and 28 to 39 to 42 revealed a gorgeous end to our day.

Day 3 – Roanoke to Virginia Beach
At least two roads need to be on every motorcyclist’s bucket list: Blue Ridge and Cabot Trail… This day was dedicated to scratching off the first on my list and… what a ride. Blue Ridge is well documented hence I won’t bore you with rehashing what is known, I’ll simply underline that it’s all true and so worth it.

Day 4 - Virginia Beach to Philadelphia
We had high hopes for this day due to how near we were to the ocean, but this day didn’t deliver. Chesapeake Bridge/Tunnel was cool, but once back on land, HWY 13 was an absolute bore, the heat was unbearable, and the only relief was a momentary glimpse of Ocean City. Although HWY 1 looks appealing on a map don’t be fooled, it’s sunken in just enough to barely see anything of the ocean… We were happy to reach our destination, bored, aching and dehydrated.

Day 5 – Philadelphia to Chepachet
Due to the heat (114F without humidity) we opted to simply stick to highways and gun for our destination. HWY95 is, well, a highway… But, had we known, we would have trailed around it at all cost. In most cases, beyond New York, the highway was a parking lot stretching our day to over 24 hour.

Day 6 – Chepachet to Ottawa
Not much to say on this day. The heat of the last 3 days, the long days on boring highways plus the lack of sleep had taken its toll; we just headed home the easiest way possible. This said, all we enjoyed were truck stops, breaks under overpasses and a welcomed chat with the boarder guards.

This is a motorcycle ride in the countries Canada, United States. This motorcycle route has 10 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by phaedrus in February. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by phaedrus

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