I rode the Parkway yesterday with some friends and it was great. We were on our way back from Marion. Rode down "The Back of the Dragon" RT 16 from Marion, VA to Tazwell, Va. Based on our experience, stay on the east side of 81. The roads on the west side are covered in gravel in the corners. I had an unfortunate event on a switchback on route 623 coming out of Burkes Garden, VA. There was a busted up patch of assault with a bunch of gravel in it. Came around the blind corner full lean. Front tire hit it and washed out. I was only going about 20mph so it slide about 2 ft. Not a lot of damage and my gear saved my butt. Stay safe out there and wear your gear no matter how hot it is. I'll provide some pic in a new thread once I get everything together.