Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Rio Rancho, NMUSA
I rode it in May so I don't know about the temps in October. The parkway gets to just over 6,000 feet up so it could be cool. Check various weather sites for towns along the way and subtract a few degrees to get a general idea...unless somebody responds with actual experience/knowledge.
In figuring drive time you need to be aware that the speed limit on the Blue Ridge is 45mph. About the same on Skyline Drive, which is the northern half of the drive. Skyline is not nearly as pretty as BRP due to downed trees from storms and winter. Also, we encountered many deer on the Skyline portion but none on the BRP. YMMV.
You might make the drive in 3 days but, depending on number of stops for sightseeing, etc, it could take you 4 or possibly 5 days. If I remember correctly it is a bit over 400 miles of twisty roads at 45mph....or more.
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