How long does it take to ride Blue Ridge Parkway in the summer?
Hey guys, I'm looking for some advice on how long it will take realistically to ride the whole Blue Ridge Parkway. I'm heading from MO => NC this summer on the niner for a family vacation, and am meeting a friend to ride for a couple days in the mountains before continuing to the Outer Banks. I've looked for some info online, but mostly what I find is people getting all incensed that you are asking how long it would take to do the BRP without stopping, hiking, smelling the flowers, and generally turning the ride into a BRP sightseeing trip. I know that the BRP is ~470 miles, so I can do basic math, but what I'm really looking for is realistic times based on summertime traffic, etc. I have ridden it from Cherokee to I-40, but am not familiar with the rest.
Our goal is to ride as much of the BRP as possible in two days, and we're trying to figure out if that means doing the whole thing, or doing Cherokee => I-77 or I-77 to Waynesboro. We plan to do lots of riding, stopping for fuel, probably some scenic overlooks, and sleep. Nothing much else. This trip will be the end of July, and almost definitely on weekend days.
Any advice is appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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