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Old 02-13-09, 09:29 AM
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Hotels near "Mile 0" of Blue Ridge Parkway?

I want to do a day ride from the beginning of the BRP to Roanoke this Spring, coinciding with a family trip to Roanoke. My plan was to have my wife drop me off around Waynesboro, stay at a hotel nearby, then get up at dawn the next day to spend all day biking to Roanoke.

Does anyone know of a hotel near the beginning of the parkway that is close enough to bike to the parkway semi-safely? I found the Inn at Afton, but online reviews make it sound like a disgusting dump (unwashed sheets, mold, mildew, other filth). All I need is a clean bed and shower for the night (inexpensive is the key).

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Old 02-13-09, 05:43 PM
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How about staying at the Cookie Lady's, Bike House in Afton.
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Old 02-13-09, 06:13 PM
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How about staying at the Cookie Ladies, Bike House in Afton.
Never heard of the place. What can you tell me about it.

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Super 8, Day's Inn, Comfort Inn in Waynesboro are all I know. You can't run I-64 to the top of the mountain from there, but you can run Rt 250. Swannanoa Country Club owns the mountain south of I-64 and north is Shenandoah National Park (South end of the Skyline Drive), so no hotels there.

Cookie Lady Info here: http://www.biketouring.net/rides/xcountry/curry.html
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I've stayed at the Super8, but I drove there (and drove from there to the visitor's center at Mile 0 to park.) The area was pretty congested, but probably rideable if you're careful. Let us know your findings.

I did a 100-mile day ride up the BRP on a Friday (50 up and back), and then stayed overnight in Waynesboro, and did a 60-something ride up Skyline on Saturday. I'll be doing it again this summer.

Wish I could go right now
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June Curry, is a legend on the Trans Am. Google June Curry, or Cookie Lady. Here is a link to get you started.
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?...ry&context=all
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Wow - that's a stout ride. Should be beautiful.

I just drove past there not too long ago and I'm pretty sure that there's still at least one hotel still open right there at Rockfish Gap. The cookie lady's place is only about a 20 minute ride from the BRP.
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Originally Posted by kesroberts View Post
I just drove past there not too long ago and I'm pretty sure that there's still at least one hotel still open right there at Rockfish Gap. The cookie lady's place is only about a 20 minute ride from the BRP.
I thought there was too, but I couldn't find it. Thought it was right behind the gas station by the exit to 250. We're going past there Wednesday for son's track regionals, I'll doublecheck. I think it is the Inn at Afton that the OP listed, and from my best recollection, it was a dump.

OP's a better rider than me though, I could never make Afton to Roanoke in a day on the BRP. Too much climbing there for my blood

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OP's a better rider than me though, I could never make Afton to Roanoke in a day on the BRP. Too much climbing there for my blood

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Now you have me worried.

That said, I only have to make it to Roanoke. I won't have to save energy for subsequent days. If I don't make it, my wife can drive from Roanoke towards my point of failure and "save" me.

I have a few centuries under my belt already. I'm trying to make the leap to double centuries.

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Originally Posted by allencb View Post
Now you have me worried.
Like I said, I couldn't do it. But I'm old and slow It's a popular road, someone has to have an elevation profile for the whole run.

Here's MP20 to MP45 (Lexington) if you want an idea. It ain't flat

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Oh, I'm familiar with the Parkway in general, but I've never ridden that portion (0-PoO). I've ridden fair chunks of it in the Roanoke area. I spent one day just doing climbs up Mill Mtn and Roanoke Mtn.

Still, it makes me nervous when someone says it's a hard ride.

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replied to your PM with some info...
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I did it. I rode from Mile 0 to 117 (where my wife picked me up) in 12hrs. I took all the food and water I'd consume for the day except for a single bottle refill at Peaks of Otter. The climb to Apple Orchard was brutal. Not because it was steep, but because it was long, steady, and at a point where I was already feeling the miles.

As for the hotel, I stayed at Colony House just down Rt250 from the parkway. It wasn't a place I'd take my family, but it was enough for me to spend a night.

Thanks for the help guys!

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Congrats!! A ride to remember, I'm sure!

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That is a kick ass ride. Without looking at my elevation profiles, I would guess you did about 10,000+ feet of climbing.
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Originally Posted by orcanova View Post
That is a kick ass ride. Without looking at my elevation profiles, I would guess you did about 10,000+ feet of climbing.
I guesstimated about the same as well. It was a tough ride, that's for sure. The winds that day didn't help any. It was either blowing in my face or from one side or the other.

Your pages were a big help. By studying them and the pictures, I had a good idea of what was ahead of me at any given point in the ride.

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