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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Oct 24th, 2005, 10:35 am Thread Starter
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Question Blue Ridge & Skyline Parkway

Going to try them both sometime this week before the foulage drops..any suggestions..other than watch out for deer, tourists and wet leaves??
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Weekdays are best

It gets stupid up there on the weekends, but weekdays are pleasantly empty, so try it then. Also I haven't seen too many rangers at speed traps out in the boonies, but they do enforce the limits at the areas where it drops from 45 to 35, like at Mabry Mill, Peaks of Otter, etc.
And, according to BWS, who lives 5 minutes from the BRP, if you just stick your knee out you can kill those deer no problem.

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..any suggestions..other than watch out for deer, tourists and wet leaves??
The Rangers on Skyline always seem to be a little more prone to strike than the more domesticated variety normally found along the Parkway. So watch for the leaf peepers, tan Dodge trucks, white explorers, etc. Enjoy!

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...but they do enforce the limits at the areas where it drops from 45 to 35, like at Mabry Mill, Peaks of Otter, etc.
Beware around Meadows of Dan on the Blue Ridge.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Oct 25th, 2005, 9:23 am Thread Starter
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Blue Ridge and Sky Line Parkway

Tnx Guys,

I havn't been on these Parkways in years and after looking at the on-line maps..I don't see locations for gas..are they well marked while travelling, for calculation reasons??
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Nope, they are not well marked, and in fact sometimes the ones that are there are not open, although usually not in autumn. But if you get low on gas, just hop off and head down the hill to any town near the BRP. You'll hit something right away. Plus you'll get some of the best BRP rides, i.e. the ascents towards and descents from the Parkway.

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Thumbs up Blue Ridge and Skyline

Thanks guys-

see my trip report on the above subject under 'Ride Tales'
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