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Old 07-29-11, 09:49 AM
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Hi I will be traveling south through Virginia. Has anyone rode on skyline dive? Looks very sonic curious about cycling on it. I would like to take that to the Blue ridge parkway down to Asheville NC any comments about this route? Thanks.
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Old 07-29-11, 10:12 AM
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Hi I will be traveling south through Virginia. Has anyone rode on skyline dive? Looks very sonic curious about cycling on it. I would like to take that to the Blue ridge parkway down to Asheville NC any comments about this route? Thanks.
575 miles, end to end from the northern start of the Skyline Drive to the the southern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Lot's of places to camp in Shenandoah Nat'l Park, somewhat fewer along the Blue Ridge. generally decent water supplies, except in August if they haven't had a lot of rain.

Very, Very hilly. Bring your hill gears and get lot's of hill riding in before you set out.

Very scenic as well as fairly busy with cars and motor homes, especially in the summer months. The road is paved and a two-laner with no shoulder, but the speed limit is low so you generally don't have issues with being run down by cars. Lot's of bike traffic as well, so that keep the motorists alert.

Oh, did I say it's hilly ?.
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Old 07-29-11, 02:55 PM
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Oh, did I say it's hilly ?.
Yeah, but you only need two gears: 'up' and 'down'!
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I rode the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive on this tour. There are no flat areas. I stayed in Big Meadows campground, but I also stopped at the Ranger Station and applied for and received a Back Country Pass which is free. There are restrictions, like you have to be 1/4 off the road, and you are not allowed to ride or even push a bicycle on the trails and fire roads, but there are places you can figure out where to camp.

Ask the rangers for locations
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Old 08-04-11, 06:49 AM
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Ok I think because of early spring I will skip styli.e highway I willstart on blue ridge if to hilly I could get off. What is the weather early April? Thanks. I have to go at this time. I. Want to spend the night in. SSHVILLE NC.H
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Weather in April can vary along the parkway. For example, Shining Rock Wilderness is near the parkway and a place I frequency hike. Typical low temperature in early April is about 33F with a high of about 65F. However, most nights I've been there lows were in the 20s and once it was 18F in early April.
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Early April? Snow and ice can make these roads iffy that time of year. Skyline Drive and the northern part of the Blue Ridge Parkway might be more likely to be open than the southern part of the BRP because the elevations get higher as you go south.
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Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post

Very, Very hilly. Bring your hill gears and get lot's of hill riding in before you set out.


Oh, did I say it's hilly ?.
I last rode Skyline/Blue Ridge Pkwy twenty-five years ago, so maybe things have changed. However, I wouldn't call those little speed bumps hills. I recall all of us laughing out loud when the locals referred to them as mountains. I remember mild rollers.

The biggest problems for us were the lack of fresh food along BRP (we left the parkway when we needed something that wasn't canned) and the lack of showers at the campgrounds along the parkway. I still have fond memories of a salad bar at one restaurant on the parkway and of the Sheraton in Roanoke (shower and a swim plus the added benefit of scaring the parents of the children's beauty pageant).
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