We Rode from the top of skyline drive to the bottom of the blue ridge Parkway across 3 days with a friend.
Skyline drive was beautiful, but the 25 dollar fee was painful. Traffic wasn't bad on a Friday morning.
About 5 miles down the blueridge, my friend and I went down a random trail that got really hairy with rock gardens and puddles deeper than my front fender, and he punched a hole in his oil pan on a rock. Dumped all the oil. Had to ride back out to a town to get some Jb weld and a monsoon came in on the way back and flooded the trail and made it extremely hard to ride back to my friend. I thought I was in some kind of movie. We had to camp out overnight to make the repairs. We had hammocks and a tarp.
Next morning the bike was fixed and he hit another rock on the way out and punched another hole in the oil pan. I wanted to kill him. We did the repair again on the side of the road at the entrance to the trail. Hundreds of bikers pulled over at the sight of a motorcycle on its side as we performed repairs, including a biker gang of like 80 dudes with coolers on the backs of their bikes, and they were slamming down beers. They were nice. Managed to get halfway down the blueridge that day.
Day 3 we noticed my rear tire was shot, of which I'll post a pic below. I managed to do the other 250 miles on the blueridge by hanging off the bike around every left turn like a track day to keep the bike as vertical as possible. It got me to Robbinsville where I got a new rear tire from Wheelers. We stayed at simple life campgrounds for the next two days at 18 bucks a night.
Day 4 we rode the skyway in the morning and the tail later in the day. After about 5:30 the tail clears up and everyone is gone. Had the road to ourselves. No cops.
Day 5 we did the 340 mile ride back to my friends house in NC, and day 6 I did the 500 mile ride back to my home in NY. 2000 miles in total.
The blueridge Parkway was amazing. Didn't see a cop the whole trip and traffic on the blueridge isn't too bad if you just go around everyone you come across. We spent maybe 15 minutes sitting behind someone the entire way down and averaged about 55mph mph down the blueridge. Riding in a group of 2 made that easy.
Managed to get home with an empty wallet and 11 dollars in my bank account with the fuel light on.
Overall, great trip. Got some nice pics too.
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