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And getting worse.. :mad0235: Because I don't have a way to wash my bike at home without making a huge mess, and I don't like rusty motorcycles, I've prepped the bikes for winter..

The streets around here are already white with salt from one little snow a week ago, and it'll be another month plus until there's enough ice to go fishing.

Work sucks.. The days are too short so I can't go hunting after work.. And I don't have time on the weekends to do everything that needs to be done..:(

Because of this time where I can't really do anything I want, I'm in planning mode for next summer..

I want to take the KLR either to Colorado and play in the mountain passes and ride some off-road ( I've done this before and it's great) or do a long loop around Lake Superior and play off the main roads up in Canada. (I've done this a little, and want to do more)

I also want to go play on the south shore of Lake Superior in the U.P... Lots of roads, and not many people during the week.

My problem with Colorado is that even the out-of-the-way places have gotten crowded.. It's harder than it used to be to find primative camping.. I dunno..

Anyway, I'm just rambling and was looking for both input in my thoughs and also what you might be planning for next riding season?
 

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I think we are going to try and do the full length of the Blue Ridge Parkway, South to North. We also talked of easing over and seeing the Vietnam Wall Memorial, and the Smithsonian, but plans can change.

http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/
 

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Ya know, DX, I've thought about BRP, and I have a buddy of mine that's whined at me for years about riding down in that area, but I just haven't done it..

I've worked (paper mills) in the SE and have driven all over down there, but for some reason I just don't have the desire to ride down there..

I'm blaming my work life..:) I have enough Frequent Flier miles for 20 tickets, and I have over 200,000 Holiday Inn points, and when I'm on vacation I ride motorcycle and sleep in a tent.


I just don't know.. Problem is, if I agree with him, ride down there, and have a good time, I'll never hear the end of it..:character00271:
 

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Just an FYI, not trying to pursuade anyone, but info is usual a good thing.

I've done the best portions of the Blueridge (ashville to cherokee) and also the Skyline Drive portion, which was also pretty awesome, but I was in a vette both times during large gatherings. My buddy, who was along on both my trips, has driven the entire length before. Like many others, he said it gets extremely repetitive and mind numbing due to the slow speed and inability to do any spirited driving to change up the pace and the scenery essentially never really changes either after Ashville or Skyline. During our trips to both ends, there were far better roads to be had by getting off the Blueridge. Scenery was 10x better, road styles were 10x better, far less visitors and a bit more freedom to change up the pace if needed. The sites in and around the Blueridge are quite amazing, you just have to get off the Blueridge to see them and get down in to the heart of the country.

Basically, the sites I remember most had nothing to do with being up on the ridge, they were all on the side roads.


I should clarify one thing..... If you only plan to take a trip to the Blueridge area once or twice, then you may definately want to consider what I've mentioned because you will simply miss the most awesome stuff if you don't get off the parkway. However, if you are able to take multiple trips in the area, then you may want to consider doing a full through ride because you can always hit up the side roads another time.
 

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That has crossed my mind, that usually the better sites are on secondary roads. I really need to sit down with a map and get a closer look, the Blueridge was a suggestion by my buddy, as I have never been in that area. And with the way we change our minds about everything, we could end up in South Fla. before it is over with LOL. Winter is here, and everyone is trying to come up with that one great trip for next summer. I voted for Moab, but that didn't go over too good either, lol.
 

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Florida won't have anything that compares to the Blueridge area. It's really a matter of personal taste though. Some people love mountains, others not so much. You should really love mountains if you want to hang out in the Blueridge area though. Pretty much any road that isn't an interstate will be curvy and twisty, up and down. That also means very scenic. Here is one of my favorite shots that incorporates everything I enjoy... mountains, secluded lakes and rustic architecture. One of many gems to be found.



I always tell myself I need to move!!

And if I did move, my first choice would be somewhere near the smokies! The place has it all, kayaking, climbing, mountain biking, big hikes, scenery, touring roads galore, the list is endless. If it wasn't for those big ass winters!! I hate winter!!
 

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Excuse me while I wipe the drool from my mouth..........That is the best pic I have seen yet. Well what I was gettin at earlier is that we tend to just be nomadic and could end up anywhere..my preference is mountains and the solitude of gravel or dirt roads......
 

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I actually took three photos and created a panorama of that lake, but can't seem to locate it right now. It was definately a highlight on our trip to come around a corner and see a movie quality scene in front of our eyes.

This is a panorama from Clingmans Dome. I've got over 1,400 images just from our trip to North Carolina. Like you said, a lot of drooling.




This is the entire BRP in two photos




More of what you see off the BRP

 

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If you are in Northern Ontario look up the James Bay Road in Quebec and attached road to Labrador. Hoping to go next year they are daming the Rupert River in 2009 want to make it before then.
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