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June 22nd Blue Ridge Ride

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Ride Stats:

  • Distance: 296.99 miles / 478.0 km
  • Ride Time: 1 day
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $22.57
  • State: North Carolina
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Four red Victory Cross Country bikes & the singular orange Victory Hammer started @ 8:30 on a warm (99-degree high projected) Sunday in June at the Shell Gas station @ exit 25 on I-77 in Huntersville, NC. The ride up to Elkins was about an hour so a quick way to get from here to the BRP quickly. 21 north was very nice with some easy curves for a decent warm up. Once on the Blue Ridge Parkway the ride was considerably cooler with shade trees over much of that route. All five us us noted that the temps were VERY comfortable riding the BRP @ 45MPH and stopping here and there for pictures. After grabbing $5.25 Ham & Turkey subs @ the BRP's "Trading Post" we refueled in Blowing Rock before continuing down to the Linn Cove Viaduct (See Pictures) which I describe as the motorcycling equivalent to the "Infinity Pool" that you see at the high-end resorts. Amazing views all along the ride all the way down to Little Switzerland where we took the EXTREMELY twisty 226a (alternate) rather than wimping out and taking the FAR straighter 226. 226a had JUST recently been entirely re-surfaced so the ride was SMOOTH but also due to the new resurfacing was a new, fresh layers of gravel on the shoulder. Normally this is not a problem as none of us visit it with our bikes in normal operation. However, due to the EXTREME curves (be prepared) the cars on that road appeared to hit nearly EVERY shoulder bringing gravel onto nearly EVERY turn and there were a LOT of them. A fair number of the curves were nearly 360-degree turns and almost EVERY other turn was well over 180-degrees and these are SUPER tight turns so be prepared to slow WAY down for this road. The speed limit was 35 and that was appropriate but many of the turns required slowing down to 20MPH in order to navigate with the gravel. The solo rider on his 300mm rear tire Hammer had himself a TOUGH workout man-handling his bike around the curves. All the riders were experienced and the Victory bikes shined with that route but if you ride other bagger motorcycles with less lean angle and/or have little experience on a bike do NOT take that route as you may well be risking your and others lives. For those with the skill and patience to ride the right speed, it was an AMAZING end to a great Blue Ridge Parkway ride! We jumped onto 221 South and then I40 East & 321 South before taking 27 in Lincolnton back over to Hwy 73 and home for a long 300+ mile trip over roughly 8 hours as we were back by 5pm. All in all, everyone in the group agreed that it was an amazing day trip...even with the gravel...and we all came back safe with HUGE grins on our faces!

This is a motorcycle ride in the state of North Carolina. This motorcycle route has 8 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by ndabunka in June. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by ndabunka

Rider Photos:

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  • Motorcycle Ride Picture 2 for June 22nd Blue Ridge Ride
  • Motorcycle Ride Picture 3 for June 22nd Blue Ridge Ride

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Best Time to Go

Spring, Summer

Road Characteristics:

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This ride sounds awesome -and inexpensive, too!Did temps end up getting into the high 90s? Thanks for posting.
Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 12:24 PM

JayFL459 says:

Looks Like a Great Ride .. Cool Pictures Too
Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 12:40 AM


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