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Old 12-25-14, 05:09 PM   #1
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NC & VA riders - mtn crossing...

Depending on what happens with a cranky knee and what vacation plans my wife might design, I will either be riding north on the Atlantic Coast Rte and across to Oshkosh, WI, or I will be riding up from NC to Ludington MI to take the ferry across to Oshkosh. Because of said cranky knee, if I ride straight to MI, I'm not interested in making the beginning of the ride as difficult as possible, mountain-wise.

What suggestions might y'all have for crossing the mountains? I'll be coming from Pittsboro NC. I'm not ashamed to admit that I might get a ride to Chillicothe Ohio and just bypass the mtns completely. After OSH, I'll be riding across to Maine and back down to Wilmington NC, so it's not like I won't be getting my miles in!

Thanks for any insight y'all can provide!
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My local knowledge extends from just north of Charlottesville VA south to about Bedford VA. The easiest places to cross the Blue Ridge in this range would be through Roanoke (but not sure of the safest bike route coming from the south) or Hwy 33' going to Harrisonburg. That gets you into the Shenandoah Valley but there are plenty of mountains west from there. Anywhere west of US 29 in Virginia, and a big chunk east of it in central VA is going to have a lot of up and down.
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Thank you - that's what it looked like to me, as well. I appreciate the input.
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