I'll be in Little Switzerland for a couple of weeks and plan to (TRY) riding on the BR Parkway. I'm debating between taking my Trek 520 touring bike - with nice low gearing as opposed to taking the Madone. The Madone does have a triple, but no serious 'granny' gear (and I'm a serious granny). But... the 520 weighs a TON!!
I rode the Parkway from Asheville to Fancy Gap, VA about twenty years ago, but have lived in Florida way too long and figure it isn't going to be easy now that I'm old. Any suggestions about riding the Parkway, or specific areas along the Parkway to ride between Little Switzerland and Boone or even a little further north would be appreciated. I understand it is closed headed south just past Mt. Mitchel.