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					Note: The Parkway announced on March 12 that the campgrounds would not open until May 16 this year - a week later than last year and after our trip!
They also let me know that there will be a detour around Mt. Mitchell from MP 340 to MP 380. This is the same detour that I did 3 years ago on a
northbound trip, so it is familiar. As a result of these two changes, I have reworked the schedule to use private campgrounds and a few motels when no campgrounds
are available. They daily mileage is about the same and I think that it looks like a great trip. And we get hot showers every night! What a change!


Blue Ridge Parkway Bicycle Trip - Tentative Schedule
May 4 - 13, 2008
Reference: Bicycling the Blue Ridge, 4th Edition, by Elizabeth & Charlie Skinner (ISBN: 0-89732-301-7)
Day              1                      2                                3                       4                        5                       6                      7
Date             Sun, May 4             Mon, May 5                       Tues, May 6             Wed, May 7               Thurs, May 8            Fri, May 9             Sat, May 10
Miles/Day        51                     54                               61+1 = 62               60+1 = 62                56+2 = 58               64 or 70               57+4=61
Climb/Day                                                                4802                    6322                     6435                    5617                   6660
Start Milepost   0                      51                               0                       61                       121                     177                    241 or 247
Start Location   Super 8 Motel          Big Meadows                      Inn at Afton            Wildwood                 Quality Inn -           Meadows of Dan         Bluff's Lodge &
                 Front Royal, VA        Campground                       (800) 860-8559          Campground               Tanglewood              Campground             Millers Campground
End Milepost     51                     105/0                            61                      121                      177                     241 or 247             299
End Location     Big Meadows            Inn at Afton                     Wildwood                Quality Inn -            Meadows of Dan          Bluffs Lodge or        Grandfather Mtn
                 Campground             (800) 860-8559                   Campground              Tanglewood               Campground - $18        Millers Camping        Campground
# tent sites     217                                                                             74                       ???                     110                    129
End Campgr.      Pay showers            Restaurant at motel ($).         Showers, laundry,       Western Sizzlin          Showers, laundry.       Showers, laundry       Showers, laundry
Facilities       Restaurant, lodge,     Other restaurants in             small camp store.       next door.               Nearby Mabry            at Millers Camping.    Exit BRP at MP299
                 large camp store,      Waynesboro (3 steep miles                                Walmart, stores,         Mill (MP 176) has       Bluff's Lodge          R on Holloway Mtn
                 800-365-CAMP           downhill).                                               restaurants nearby       restaurant & store      Coffee Shop at         Rd. After 2.2 mi turn
                 or reserve on line                                                                                       Mayberry Trading        MP 241. Open           R on Church Rd.
                                                                                                                          Post (MP 180)           7:30am - 7:30pm.       After 0.7 mi ….
Camp. Phone      540-999-3500           540-943-9573                     (434) 299 5125          (540) 992-2076           276-952-2292            336-372-4499           828-963-7275
                                                                                                                          Meadows of Dan C.       Bluff's Lodge          Grandfather Mtn C.
Directions       Big Meadows is on      The Inn is on the top            Exit left from BRP      1.5 mi on 220N           Exit BRP MP 177         Bluff's Lodge on BRP   … R on NC-105.
                 the Skyline Drive      of the hill above the            near MP61 to 130S.      Heavy traffic. Ride on   take 58W 0.25 mi        Millers Camping        After 0.8 mi turn
                 Great campground!      visitor center at MP0.           1 mile to Wildwood      shoulder 1 mile to                               visible on BRP         R on Riverside Dr.
                                                                         Campground.             feeder road on right.                            at MP 247
Other            Super 8 Motel          Afton Mountain Visitor           Otter Creek Campg.      Apple Valley Motel       Poor Farmers Mkt        Bluff's Lodge          MP 298.6 - Left
campgrounds      111 South St.          Center near entrances to         MP60. No showers,       0.3 mi E of BRP on       in Meadows of Dan       simple but nice        on Holloway Mtn
or facilities    Front Royal, VA        BRP/Skyline Drive. Great         but restaurant (open    220 S near MP121         - nice stop for fruit   336-372-4744           Rd. Less than 1
                 (540) 636-4888         place to gather to start ride.   until 6pm)              540-989-0675             and snacks.             (reservations          mile to US 221 for
                 From motel take        Loft Mountain (MP79.5)           Opens May 16            R at MP120 onto          Mabry Mill rest.        recommended)           a few stores, incl.
            South St (55) to 340.   has a store/grill (burgers,                             Mill Mtn Rd to             at MP 176 (not          Doughton Park           Grandfather Mtn
            L on 340, 1 mile to     sandwiches)                                             Roanoke Mtn Camp.          open for dinner).       Campgr at MP 239.       Market
            the Skyline Drive.      Waynesboro N 340 Camp:                                  (1.2 miles)                Blue Ridge Motel        Opens May 16.           Julian Price Campgr.
            Tough, but nice         Exit at end of Skyline Dr                               Opens May 16               MP 180 ($40 for                                 No showers.
            detour to Luray:        N on US250 (3.3 mi)                                     McFarland RV Park          two double beds)                                Opens May 16.
            Exit MP31.5 (10 mi      R on US340 (4.7 mi)                                     7 miles off BRP from                                                       Blowing Rock
            RT, 2000 ft climb)      Showers, camp store.                                    MP105                                                                      MP291.9, MP294.6
Breakfast   Restaurant in Front     Cook in camp (or Big            Motel or                Cook in camp               Restaurants near        Cook in camp or         Bluff's Lodge &
            Royal                   Meadows Lodge)                  Waynesboro                                         motel                   iff restaurants         Coffee Shop
Lunch       Pack lunch              Pack lunch and/or eat at Loft   Pack lunch - MP29       Lunch at Peaks of          Pack lunch              Pack lunch              Pack lunch
                                    Mtn - MP79.5                    Whetstone Ridge         Otter Rest (MP86)
Dinner      Big Meadows Lodge       Motel restaurant ($) or drive   Cook in camp            Restaurants near           Cook in camp or         Bluff's Lodge or        Cook in camp or 8
                                    to Waynesb. w Tod's friends                             motel                      iffy restaurants        cook in camp            mi to Blowing Rock
Notes                                                               * In case of emergency, contact 1-800-727-5928 (1-800-Park Watch). This is a 24-hour central dispatch. Just let them
                                                                    know the milepost (MP) number and they will contact the nearest ranger on duty.
d after our trip!

motels when no campgrounds




               8                     9                      10
               Sun, May 11           Mon, May 12            Tues, May 13
               46+30 = 76            28+25 = 53             61
               4680                  7860                   6225
               298                   25 mi to 380           408
               Grandfather Mtn       Catawba Falls          Mt. Pigsah Inn
               Campground            Campground             Campground
               344 then 30 miles     408                    469
               Catawba Falls         Mt. Pigsah Inn         Best Western in
               Campground            (reservation needed)   Cherokee, NC
               71                    70                     ???
               No showers.           Showers??              Numerous motels,
               Snack bar and         Camp Store, laundry,   campgrounds,
               store (open 10-6      restaurant, pay        Best Western is next
               weekdays and                                 to Hardees (see below)
               8-6 weekends)         828/648-2644           River Valley
                                     (campground)           Campground is nice.
               (828) 668-4831        828-235-8228           (828) 497-2020
               Catawba Falls Camp.   (Pigsah Inn)           (Best Western)
               Detailed cue sheet    On the BRP             L on 441 at end of
               to be provided                               BRP-Meet at Hardees
               later.                                       (1 mi) to regroup.
                                                            (1607 Acquiona Rd)
               Crabtree Meadows      MP408.6 - Mt.          Meet at Hardees.
               Camp. MP339           Pigsah Inn (rooms      There are plenty of
               Opens May 16          not likely to be       restaurants for a
               No showers.           available without      victory dinner!
               MP334.0 - 226A        reservations) - nice   River Valley
to Little Switzerland   restaurant, phone        Campground is also
MP331.0 - 6 miles       Note: Campground         a nice option for
on 226 to Spruce        showers were to be       those that wish
Pine, NC                installed in 2006, but   to camp.
Linville Falls          many delays.
Camp. MP 316.4          Maybe in 2008?
(828) 765 6082          (more on this later)
Cook in camp            Cook in camp             Mt. Pisgah restaurant

Pack lunch              Restaurants near end     Pack lunch
                        of detour (30 mi)
Cook in camp            Dinner at Mt. Pisgah     Victory dinner in
                        Inn Restaurant           Cherokee, NC

				
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