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Old 04-20-09, 12:07 PM   #1
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state of the parkway

up at craggy gardens:

the good news is you can ride through, carefully.
they said they will finish work in ~mid summer.
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wow. i did not realize it was this bad!
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I'm not sure a ranger would have the same opinion about riding through since the road is officially closed to all. I would say you take your chances riding through there and if caught by a ranger expect to get a ticket.
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Maybe so but based on the number of riders and hikers I saw going through in an hour or so, they would have their hands full.
Of course they could camp out at the road gate and turn away all, but I expect they have other things to do.
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I saw 4-5 guys get nicked up there late last fall right by the visitor center, $55 tickets if I remember right. Take your chances for sure.
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up at craggy gardens:

the good news is you can ride through, carefully.
they said they will finish work in ~mid summer.
...so, does this picture of yours represent, more or less, the the extent of the construction/road closure, for the BRP at Craggy? If so, I think I can scoot through there; stealthfully even, if absolutley necessary.

According to the BRP's website, the alternate detour is a rather lengthy one, and not exactly conducive to a cycling commute through the area. Not when they tell you to get on "I-40". I suppose there are other bicycle navigable detour routes, but I think I'll probably take my chances on getting the ticket, just the same.

Does anyone out there have any info on the other two listed sections of the BRP closures? I hate detours.

from the BRP website:

Milepost 269.8 - 280.9 - Blowing Rock Area

Roadway fill repair at Milepost 270.3 will close the Parkway until November, 2009.

For southbound traffic, exit the Parkway at Phillips Gap (Milepost 269.8) to Phillips Gap Road (NC 1168) to Idlewild Road (NC 1003) to US 221 south to US 421 south back to the Parkway at Deep Gap (Milepost 276.4).

For northbound traffic, exit the Parkway at Parkway School (Milepost 280.9) to Old US 421 south to New US 421 south to US 221 north to Idlewild Road (NC 1003) to Phillips Gap Road (NC 1168) back to the Parkway at Phillips Gap (Milepost 269.8).

Milepost 285.5 to 291.8 Blowing Rock Area

Goshen Creek Bridge repair has closed the Parkway between US Route 421 east of Boone, NC and US Route 321 south of Boone. The detour will begin for visitors traveling south at milepost 285.5, Bamboo Gap. Visitors will follow state road (SR) 1514 Bamboo Road to Deerfield Road, following the detour signs along US Route 321 south of Boone then connecting back to the Parkway at milepost 291.8.

Visitors traveling north will begin the detour at milepost 291.8, intersection US Route 321; follow the detour signs along US321 to state route 1514 Deerfield Road to Bamboo Road which will bring them back to the Parkway at milepost 285.5. The total detour is estimated to be approximately 8 miles. Bridge repair is anticipated to be complete by late spring 2009.

Milepost 367.6 to 355.3 Asheville Area

A rockslide and roadway failure has closed the Parkway to all activities including foot traffic and bicycling between the entrance to Craggy Gardens Picnic Area and the entrance to Mt. Mitchell State Park. The picnic area is accessible driving north from the Asheville area and the state park is accessible via the NC Highway 80 entrance to the Parkway.

For northbound travelers, exit the Parkway at US 70 East in Asheville, follow to the intersection with I-40 East, and at Exit 86, follow NC 226 back to the Parkway near Spruce Pine.

For southbound travelers, exit the Parkway at NC 226 (Milepost 330.9), follow to I-40 West, and at Exit 55, follow US 70 West back to the Parkway.

The detour is approximately 45 miles in length. This road closure will remain in effect until late spring 2009.
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What happened to the road? Where is it?
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some kind of slide/failure at the craggy gardens area.
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I'd call that a failure. Good job, NCDOT.

Someone need to get together a ride from Asheville to Mount Mitchell once it reopens.
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yea, that would be a good ride...start at the Folk Art Center and ride up to MM.....
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Thanks for volunteering to organize. Just make sure you set a time that is convenient for me.
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hey! wait a sec!! when did i volunteer???
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Thanks for the info. I was thinking of riding from Boone in a few weeks, and never thought to check for road closings.

Here's the BRP Road Closures link.

I had a nice ride on a closed section of the BRP near the 225 mile marker a few years ago. I took a chance that I could get through, and the bridge repair was rideable, so I had 4 or 5 miles of the BRP all to myself.

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Thanks for the info. I was thinking of riding from Boone in a few weeks, and never thought to check for road closings.

Here's the BRP Road Closures link.

I had a nice ride on a closed section of the BRP near the 225 mile marker a few years ago. I took a chance that I could get through, and the bridge repair was rideable, so I had 4 or 5 miles of the BRP all to myself.
I'm planning on doing a bike tour of the entire BRP (via N. to S. route), starting later next week. I'm terrible with directions, and can't really afford the lost time and aggravation of detours, so I'm hoping I can sneak through at all three of their current closed section points. If I can manage that, and I can stay strong and make good time/distance each day, I might be able to do a little detour ride up Mt. Mitchell, when I get in the area; at least I hope to, anyway.

If anyone out there know's anything about these three closed areas, and the liklihood of my being able to bike-through them (or NOT!) during the Memorial Day weekend, feel free to share with the class.

Also, if anyone can reccomend any cheap motels that are very close to the Pkwy, that would be swell. At the moment, I have absolutely no idea where I'm going to bed down each night, I just know that I deffinitely won't be camping.

Wish me luck.

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Reopening this weekend:

http://blogs.citizen-times.com/blogs/index.php?blog=45
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Yay! Thanx muchly. That eases my mind a bit.
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Expanded version of the above article:

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Nota - color me jealous!!!!! i want to do this also, ride the whole BRP - most likely next May. are you carrying everything with you, will you have some sort of SAG for the ride? PM me with details!!!
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Nota,

Wow, that's quite a ride. Good luck.
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Wow, that's quite a ride. Good luck.
Thanks, VV. I'll probably need it!

Well, I just booked me a room for my first night, just off the Pkwy in Roanoke, so I guess I'm committed, now. Whether I feel up to it or not, I'll need to cover 121miles for my first day. There's no sag support on this ride. And if the first day doesn't kill me -- from all the hill climbing, as I know I can handle the mileage, I hope to make it down to where Hwy 16 intersects the BRP, just outside Wilkesboro. That'll be the stopping point for day two.

My biggest dilema now, is to try and find a motel that's as close to Mt. Mitchell as possible. I really don't want to waste all that energy, and time, going over to Burnsville for a room; not if I don't have to. Anyone know of any motels (or B&B's), that are close to Mt. Mitchell?

If all goes well, I'll head out at first light on Sunday morning and ride to the top of Mt. Mitchell -- and after that, it's all down hill. Yeahhhh...riiiight. The last strecth, down to Cherokee, is laced with serious hill climbs, or so I have read.

I'll try to take lots of pictures, so I can post some of them here after I get back.

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good luck! can't wait to read your report. looking forward to my own brp tour, either this fall or next may!
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There is a motel and (probably) restaurant on the parkway in little switzerland, about 20 miles north of the mount mitchell park entrance.
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why do they perpetually have sections of the BRP closed. Can't they learn to fix one side of the roadway at a time? It seems there's always detours off the Parkway. [/rant]
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good luck! can't wait to read your report. looking forward to my own brp tour, either this fall or next may!
Actually, I was thinking of trying to do one of those ride blog journal ride reports, like those ones they do on CGOB, but they told me I couldn't; I not eligible. They reccomended me to CFOB, instead, on account me being such a crazy f'ker.

The fall would certainly be a nice time to do it; particularly if you could take in some spectacular fall foliage. Doing the "camping thing" would go well with the cooler fall temps. It certainly makes the nightly campfires more inviting and cozy. I can't see doing it in the middle of the summer, though. Trying to sleep in a fartsack, inside a tent, when it's 80 degrees out, is not my idea of cozy.
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There is a motel and (probably) restaurant on the parkway in little switzerland, about 20 miles north of the mount mitchell park entrance.
It sounds like you might be talking about the Big Lynn Lodge?

I did a bunch of google searches on motels in (or near): Mt. Mitchell, Little Switzerland, and Burnsville, but didn't find a whole lot; certainly not anything I would call "close by". The only things I could find were some "dude ranch", and the Celo Inn.

I called the Celo Inn, and wound up talking to some gent (the proprietor I suppose - I didn't ask or get his name) who turned out to be a fellow cyclist, one who has himself biked the entire BRP before. He told me he was completely booked up, but said that if I got down in the area, after biking all day from the Millers Creek area, and couldn't find anything - to give him a call, and he'd come pick me up. I would hope to not have to need to take him up on the offer, but I thought it nice gesture - one fellow cyclist reaching out to another.

Anyway, he said there was another place in the area, one that was even closer to Mt. Mitchell than his plae - Albert's Motel, so I booked me a room there for the night. The rate was reasonable, and it's not far off the Parkway, and not too far from Mt. Mitchell.
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