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Leslie Thurston
(lesler) - F

Locale: right here, right now
cycling the BRP? on 03/26/2012 10:02:43 MDT Print View

it's reaching, but i'm longing to (someday soon)cycle the blue ridge parkway.
whos' done it? what need i know? everything and anything, please, for a newbie!
thanks kids.

Charlie Murphy
(baltocharlie) - F

Locale: MAryland
I'm headed there in May on 04/02/2012 17:17:32 MDT Print View

Here's a book I am reading.
http://www.amazon.com/Bicycling-Ridge-Elizabeth-Charlie-Skinner/dp/0897323017

Simply put: Lots and lots of hills, long uphills, traffic can busy on wknds and leaf peeper season but it is slow moving. Pay attention to water stops, camping spread out so might need to stealth camp, any roads leaving the parkway and will require a long steep return. In other words do your homework, know your ability. I'll report back after my trip, still working on it.

Charlie Murphy
(baltocharlie) - F

Locale: MAryland
some more important info on BRP on 04/11/2012 06:00:12 MDT Print View

Road closures: The first one, Doughton State park, is an important campground for bike touring. This needs closer inspection if biking through this section.
http://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/roadclosures.htm

Peak bloom dates:
http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/v.php?pg=77

Campground openings;
http://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&PageID=389908

Leslie Thurston
(lesler) - F

Locale: right here, right now
gratitude! on 04/12/2012 06:13:42 MDT Print View

charlie, thanks the beta!