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Blue Ridge Parkway Beauty

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Ride Stats:

  • Distance: 831.22 miles / 1337.7 km
  • Ride Time: A Weekend (2 days)
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $63.17
  • States Visited: Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee
Submitted by:
hlrunion pro

On Friday, September 5th, 2014, a few friends and I met at our local fire station at 8 AM sharp to depart on a weekend adventure we had all been looking forward to for quite some time. After all of the riders arrived off we went leaving Blackstone, VA headed to our destination which was Boone, NC. Our travel route would take us through Danville, VA (where we stopped for a homemade buscuit) then continuing on US 58 to Meadows of Dan where we picked up the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Meadows of Dan Parkway entrance/exit has a couple of nice gas stations there so we figured a quick fill up would be in order (some also enjoyed a homemade fried apple pie). The ride on the parkway from Meadows of Dan to Boone, NC was an enjoyable one. The weather was near perfect and traffic was light. We saw some beautiful sites along the way including a few turkeys and a couple of deer grazing out over the rolling hills of VA. We arrived in Boone around 6 PM. We all agreed that in Boone, speed limits were suggested rather than enforced as people drove fast and aggressive. After check-in then drinks and dinner at a local Chili's, we were ready for some rest to prepare for Saturday's leg of the ride. Saturday morning we departed Boone headed back to the parkway to continue traveling south. Our goal for the day was to get to the end of the Parkway then head towards Pigeon Forge, TN for the night. Once we got back on the parkway just outside of Boone, we quickly realized it was going to be a good day. The overlooks and views were beautiful... much more beautiful than what we had seen from Meadows of Dan to Boone. Our ride was perfect with the exception of a fellow riders flickering headlight. Shortly after lunch and long about Maggie Valley we could see dark and low level clouds. We knew what was in store for us so we donned our rain gear and pulled away. Our timing couldn't have been better as we saw some heavy down pours within minutes after gearing up. The rain never stopped (and neither did we) until we reached the end of the parkway. We missed some beautiful sites due to the rain but we still had a good time even soaking wet. We politely beeped our horns as we passed all the riders that had stopped due to the weather. We arrived in Pigeon Forge around 6 PM. By that time, the sky had cleared turning a cloudy rainy day to a hot and humid day. Like many normal weekends in Pigeon Forge there was an antique car show so the last few miles of our journey to the hotel were slow ones as the traffic was thick. We were tired and ready to get to the hotel but saw some beautiful automobiles along the way. On Sunday morning the weather was nice for a day to travel home especially since this was the longest leg of our trip. We began the day by visiting Smoky Mountain Knife Works is known as "the world's largest knife showplace". We believe this to be true. The store was huge and we enjoyed over an hour of browsing as well as purchasing a few nice blades. Next we headed east on US 411 (Dolly Parton Parkway), picking up I-40 West and then exiting to I-81 North. Our interstate ride home was a long one but enjoyable none the less even though we got wet in Christiansburg and again just outside of Roanoke. We exited I-81 at US 220 taking us to US 460 through Lynchburg and Appomattox before arriving home in Blackstone. All in all it was a great ride. The weekend was just shy of 1,000 miles of friendship and fun. Can't wait to do it again!

This is a motorcycle ride in the states Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee. This motorcycle route has 8 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by hlrunion in September. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by hlrunion

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Ride Scenery:

Historic SitesParksFall ColorsForestMountainsRuralRiverFarm Land

Best Time to Go

Fall

Road Characteristics:

Sweeping Curves RoadRolling HillsLight TrafficSmoothAdequate Gas StationsAdequate

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Previous Comments from other Riders:

Dino1000 says:

I rode this route with the author. Great weekend!!!
Fri Sep 26, 2014 at 11:42 AM

randyhickman98 says:

Last year my friend and I rode the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive. My favorite ride to date.
Fri Sep 19, 2014 at 5:39 PM

dxeeagle says:

Sounds like a great ride!

Fri Sep 19, 2014 at 7:08 AM

hlrunion says:

From Boone, NC we went to Maggie Valley and Ashville then over to Tennessee.
Fri Sep 19, 2014 at 6:46 AM






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