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post #1 of 12 Old 06-29-2016, 06:56 AM Thread Starter
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BRP July 4th

I had this idea to go ride some of the BRP and watch the fireworks from there. Has anyone done this or heard of doing it? it seems like there's got to be a good vantage point somewhere near a city (north of Roanoke, VA) that you can watch fireworks, or multiple fireworks shows. I'm sure being on the ground the fireworks would look better, i just thought it'd be neat to watch them from up there and something different.

I'm in Frederick, MD and I've got off Monday and Tuesday. My gf will be along, so it'll be fun squeezing us both and camping gear on the bike!

Plan:
Friday.
-We'll probably only leave around 7pm and just head south to get out of the local area, stopping around Winchester.
Saturday
-ride south via some fun roads and stop at Jefferson Pools in Warm Springs, VA for a dip. Continue south toward Roanoke to somewhere to camp for the next 2 days.
Sunday
-spend the day hiking
Monday
-Ride North on the BRP to somewhere to watch fireworks
Tuesday
-Take our time on some fun roads working our way North and arrive in Frederick.

Anybody have suggestions?

If you have Furkot you can tag stuff on the trip here i think.
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Don't worry i haven't customized the route yet, definitely not doing that much highway.

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post #2 of 12 Old 06-29-2016, 07:48 AM
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I'm planning on hitting Skyline Drive on Sunday morning. The goal is to ride routes 250 and 33 on Sunday afternoon. I'll be returning on Monday morning as I want to hit the Barbara Fritchie Classic in Frederick on Monday afternoon.

Not sure about fireworks, didn't really cross my mind.

This is my 1st time riding on the west side of route 81. Any suggestions to my route plan would be appreciated.

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I'm really curious if the construction on 250 has been finished. last time i rode it (a year ago) it was miles of gravel patches.

maybe the fireworks idea is dumb cause you'll be too far, but it hought it'd be neat if you found a vantage point where you could see a couple towns at once or something.

I've never made it to the Barbara Fritchie Classic.. I always want to, but always end up travelling for the 4th..

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Google it. I just did. There are several places to watch the fireworks apparently. Wish I lived closer.
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I rode 250 a few weeks ago from Rt 28 in WVA to Staunton/I81, didn't notice any problems with construction on that section. Had a nice breakfast in Monterey, VA at High's Restaraunt with all the locals.
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Google it. I just did. There are several places to watch the fireworks apparently. Wish I lived closer.
yea no one is too specific though, except for Thunder Hill which is in NC.

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I rode 250 a few weeks ago from Rt 28 in WVA to Staunton/I81, didn't notice any problems with construction on that section. Had a nice breakfast in Monterey, VA at High's Restaraunt with all the locals.
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Awesome, thanks for the tip! it was the section from Monterey to WV. sounds like they got it done.

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No problem, have a good time. From the ride I had on Rt 33...
Translation: Good times ahead!
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I had this idea to go ride some of the BRP and watch the fireworks from there. Has anyone done this or heard of doing it? it seems like there's got to be a good vantage point somewhere near a city (north of Roanoke, VA) that you can watch fireworks, or multiple fireworks shows. I'm sure being on the ground the fireworks would look better, i just thought it'd be neat to watch them from up there and something different.

I'm in Frederick, MD and I've got off Monday and Tuesday. My gf will be along, so it'll be fun squeezing us both and camping gear on the bike!

Plan:
Friday.
-We'll probably only leave around 7pm and just head south to get out of the local area, stopping around Winchester.
Saturday
-ride south via some fun roads and stop at Jefferson Pools in Warm Springs, VA for a dip. Continue south toward Roanoke to somewhere to camp for the next 2 days.
Sunday
-spend the day hiking
Monday
-Ride North on the BRP to somewhere to watch fireworks
Tuesday
-Take our time on some fun roads working our way North and arrive in Frederick.

Anybody have suggestions?

If you have Furkot you can tag stuff on the trip here i think.
https://trips.furkot.com/board/vkLLEM
Don't worry i haven't customized the route yet, definitely not doing that much highway.
The NC part of the BRP is usually a parking lot each July 4th, The Eastern Cherokee Nation has a powwow each year on this holiday. Since the BRP starts there, it picks up a lot more cars from that. The powwow is a lot of fun though, go sometime if you have the opportunity.
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So we ended up riding 250 eastbound into monterey, after riding out to Seneca Rock. indeed there was no gravel. All those black patches were tar/chip or something the last time i went through.

The BRP was awesome as usual. no issues with traffic or LEOs. We waited out the rain on Monday and were rewarded with the sun coming out and dry roads on Tuesday.











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Looks like a great time!

What campground is that?

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That was actually before the BRP, it was McClintic Point campground. The first two pics were taken there. The intent was to go camp at Bolar Mountain Campground.. but someone.. forgot to ask how long they'd be there to give us a spot and everything was full when we got there. It's in the middle of nowhere so we were glad we found the primitive campground, but tall grass meant lots of bugs, no showers (can use showers at Bolar if you can find them, we couldn't and gave up) and it happened to be extremely humid and stagnant haha... a certain VIP on this trip wasn't too thrilled.

The next night we intended to stay at Peaks of Otter because there was some awesome hikes around.. but that same someone from earlier decided to stop at a dollar general on our way instead of the one right across town... turns out, it was not on the way, and it was closed for remodeling... so even though it's only 20 miles away from peaks of otter, it was a 40 min drive, still had to unload/set up tent and go back out for a few items we needed and they had no showers, (VIPs really like showers).

Luckily we found the Lynchburg NW / BRP KOA Campground and they had reasonable rates for tent sites, and showers. Unfortunately i forgot to take a pic of our site there. We had a really nice stay though and made friends and had ourselves a little 4th of july bash.




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