Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Wetumpka, AL, USA
Re: Blue Ridge Parkway
You're gonna like it. If you don't like the current weather, just wait a few minutes and it'll change. The scenery is downright breathtaking, Good food is easy to find - just ask a cop up that way & he/she will steer you correctly. The 'tourist' hotels are a bit pricey during the time the leaves are changing, but not bad at all. Just be sure to pack gear for ALL kinds of weather (rain, cold, warm, etc). Your comfort will depend, in large part, on what altitude you're riding. Do NOT try to ride through the mountains at night during October or even near October. If the fog finds you, it will stop you cold and have you hoping no one comes around the curve you're stuck on. Be sure you have good tires & watch for the road repair patches. It's common to encounter loose gravel, as the roads are frequently spot- repaired. It can take all the entertainment out of a good twisty.
One good trick is to give the Sheriff's office nearest the central area of your mountain trip a buzz & they generally know when the leaves are due to change at the chosen altitude in the area you plan to ride and may have information regarding roads to avoid or seek out. I was raised in the Smokies and am up there twice a year. No place like it.
Keep the shiny side up,