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2011 Riding the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway


Husband Supported Tour down the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway

600 miles (965 km) over 14 days from September 18, 2011 to October 1, 2011

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Equipment lists, 1-2 weeks
Locales: North America, United States, Virginia, North Carolina
Year: 2011

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/2011SkylineDriveandBRP

Copyright © 2011-2014 By Anne Cowan and Bennett Cowan - (contact)

Status: Completed Oct 2011
Last update: Monday October 10, 2011 17:04 (US/Pacific) (edited Mon 19 Nov 2012 18:09 (US/Pacific))
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Table of Contents

Introduction: How this ride came to be!

Equipment list for a car-supported ride: Do we need all this? Yup, it is pretty basic!

A Drive to Front Royal, VA: Here we go and how we did it.

Front Royal, VA to Big Meadows Campground, Shenandoah National Park: Wow, there are some very long hills here!

Big Meadows to Rockfish Gap: The end of the Shenandoah National Park, 105 miles total

Blue Ridge Parkway Facts: Some trivia about the Parkway

Rockfish Gap to Otter Creek Campground: Rain jacket on, rain jacket off, repeat, repeat!

Otter Creek Campground to Roanoke, VA (Quality Inn): One of the biggest climbs of the entire ride

Roanoke, VA to Meadows of Dan Campground, VA: A much better (and warmer) day

Meadows of Dan Campground, VA to Sparta, NC: Rain, rain, RAIN, oh, did I say rain?

Sparta, NC to Julian Price Campground, NC: A day not to remember

Julian Price Campground, NC to Bristol, TN: headed home for a break from the rain

Bristol, TN: Doing chores and repacking

Returning to work for a day!: I love volunteering!

Julian Price Campground to Crabtree Meadows Campground: Hooray, back on the road again and Linn Cove Viaduct

Crabtree Meadows to Asheville, NC: A drive, not a bike ride to Mt. Mitchell

Asheville, NC to Balsam Gap, NC: Over 6000' of climbing, but some spectacular downhills, too!

Balsam Gap, NC to Cherokee, NC: I did it! I rode the entire Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway

Final notes on the ride: What is next on the Bicycle Bucket List?


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