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Old 09-11-17, 08:14 PM   #1
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Eastern Trans Am in October/November?

Asked this same question over at CGOAB, with only one bite. Anybody actively toured on the Eastern TA (primarily Virginia and Kentucky) during Mid October to early November? I know the weather can be a mixed bag, but really looking for info on all else. Anything that might be at least a little affected by the seasonality of the ride. I'm hoteling it, so no worries on frosty overnights. Wondering if the hotel/motel situation might be better with less demand? Things to look for along the way that you might not in the spring/summer?
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"Leaf peepers" may raise demand for rooms, at least on the weekends.
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This Fall Foliage map says that KY will be past the peak by mid Oct. I don't think it's a big fall color destination, anyway.

I can't think of any specific features or problems with riding at that time of year.

Farther north, near the Ohio River, October to early Nov often has some really nice weather for riding -- but I pick out the good days, skipping the cold, wet days. The middle of KY should be very nice most of the time, if it's dry.

See the historic averages for Berea KY, for instance. I look at the shaded bands 25-75 percentile.
in mid-October:
avg high 65-75F
avg low 45-55F
And scroll down to the Average Hourly Temperates chart to see what times of day are in what temperature range.

The VA section of the route, including Damascus, Wytheville, and Lexington VA, crosses some higher Appalachian mountains. Weather could be quite variable.

I've ridden the Virginia Creeper Trail near Damascus in late Oct, and it had very little bike traffic (nothing like summer weekends!) So, even for this tourist magnet, it was nice and quiet. Some seasonal restaurants and lodging might be closed?

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mid october to mid november sounds like heaven.....
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You might try to start a couple weeks earlier if you're thinking about leaf season. They'll usually be down by the end of October. Mt. Rogers and Whitetop near Damascus will have a week where the tops are bare (OK, Whitetop is bare already!) and the leaves down in the valleys are just starting to turn, with variations in between. You might also catch the tail end of apple season (Chilhowie, just off route, has/had a warehouse).
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