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post #1 of 5 Old Sep 14th, 2010, 11:23 am Thread Starter
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I am thinking of a Minnesota to Blue Ridge parkway trip Oct 3-9. How's the weather that time of year.

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It depends on where on the BRP actually. In parts of NC (where I've ridden) it can be downright chilly at night and in the morning, but warm up nice during the day. We rode part of it in June and encountered some temperature that were briefly in the upper 50's and in clouds.

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post #3 of 5 Old Sep 14th, 2010, 4:41 pm
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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.
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Re: Blue Ridge Parkway

Originally Posted by jaskjb
I am thinking of a Minnesota to Blue Ridge parkway trip Oct 3-9. How's the weather that time of year.

Perfect!! And the colors at 3500-6000 feet will be great. I moved here from Hastings, MN in 2006 and Mn has nothing to compare to the Blue Ridge for fall color. Your Mn butt can handle the mid 40 temps just fine.


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I neglected to mention that one of the best resources for riding in or near a National Park are the Park Service Rangers. Those guys & girls certainly know the area and many of them ride. The Ranger bases are usually easy to locate and are well worth a few minutes chatting with them. Just a suggestion, but you may wish to consider giving the Chreohala Skyway near Tellico Plains Tn. a run. Very nice, low traffic and the area is very motorcycle friendly. The Dragon's Tail is in the same area and a fun ride, albeit slower on an LT than may be done on a sport bike, and worth the experience. 318 curves in 11 miles.
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