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Blue Ridge Parkway Motorcycle Ride June 2014 Ride Day 6

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Today’s Blue Ridge Parkway route map

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Getting back on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Today is the 4th leg of our Blue Ridge Parkway motorcycle ride. We are riding from Roanoke, VA to the end of the Parkway at Waynesborro, VA. Just 121 miles along the scenic Parkway before getting on I-81 and heading back to Larry and Jo’s in Bryant, AL. We aren’t sure how far we will get today. We are winging it today. We have changed our plans and cutting our ride by one day due to severe weather forecast along our original route.

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Looking off the Parkway to the Valley below

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Rolling down the Parkway…

Today is overcast with rain threatening all along our route to Waynesborro. We were in and out of our rain gear all day but we managed to avoid the rain except for a little mist and sprinkles. The sun did manage to peek through the clouds from time to time to highlight the valleys below the Parkway.

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Arnold Valley below on the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Another awesome vistas… on The Blue Ridge Parkway…

The last leg of our Parkway ride is as good as the earlier days rides. We took our time as we rode these last 121 miles of the parkway. We stopped a few  times for photo opts at many of the pullouts. Words don’t do the Parkway justice, pictures can’t catch all there is to see. The only way to experience the Parkway is to be there and the best way to “be there” is on a motorcycle. On a motorcycle you experience all the elements, feeling the sun, wind, heat, cold, rain and smelling all the smells along the way. Spring flowers, rain in the distance etc. all the out-door smells… yes, skunks, dead animals etc. too. Motorcycle is the best way to experience the Parkway…

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Rolling down the Blue Ridge Parkway…

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Graphic on the GPS of the twists and turns on the Blue Ridge Parkway as we ride….

For those of you who haven’t been following along on our ride, you may be asking why we are here.  As I said in a earlier post, the parkway’s sweeping curves and awesome vistas are a few reasons why motorcyclist ride the Blue Ridge Parkway each year. The Parkway’s reputation is one of the best roads in the U. S. Drivers and riders are lured to the Parkway by the scenic overlooks, picnic sites, camping and lodging opportunities and the nearby attractions and accommodations.

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One of the many pullouts along the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Larry C. getting a better look at Rock Point Overlook

If you are considering a motorcycle ride along the Parkway, you must be aware of safety and laws. Riders are required to wear a helmet. The maximum speed limit along the Parkway is 45 miles per hour and in places as slow as 25 miles per hour. Riders should lookout for deer and other animals and loose gravel.

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One last look off the Blue Ridge Parkway to the valley below…

It is sad to say we have reached the end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was a great ride and one we must do again but next time let’s ride it from north to south… There was much to see but because of time we were unable to see it all… Yet another reason to come back…

Once we reached Waynesborro, we jumped on I-81 and rode 300 miles south to Morristown, TN. This part of the ride was unplanned because of the weather.  Tomorrow we ride 190 miles to Larry and Jo’s. See you tomorrow…

We had a great time on our ride. You may want to check out the other days of our ride by clicking on the links below.

Below is my first my first attempt at making a video of our ride. Have a look. It condenses the ride down to 9:13 minutes…