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post #1 of 6 Old Jul 29th, 2006, 9:36 pm Thread Starter
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Connecticut Yankee needs route tips

Greetings to the South East regional folks! I'm beginning to plan my route down to CCR from Connecticut. I don't want to do I-95, so I'm looking at running I-81 from PA to Tennessee, then either I-181 or I-40 to 23 to I-85. Thoughts on alternate routes, places to get off the slab to ride smaller roads, places to eat and stay, traffic, notorious speed traps, etc. all would be welcome. Thanks.

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If you have the time,
Skyline drive (100 miles)
followed by the Blue Ridge Parkway (500+ miles)
is one of the nicest motorcycle roads in the East.

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Greetings to the South East regional folks! I'm beginning to plan my route down to CCR from Connecticut. I don't want to do I-95, so I'm looking at running I-81 from PA to Tennessee, then either I-181 or I-40 to 23 to I-85. Thoughts on alternate routes, places to get off the slab to ride smaller roads, places to eat and stay, traffic, notorious speed traps, etc. all would be welcome. Thanks.

As a recent escapee from Southbury to TN, I would keep off I 40 as much as I possibly could! Roadway is not the best, and the enforcement seems to be a bit more rigorous.
If you're doing Interstate, I 81 thru Pa and most of VA to I 77 down thru Charlotte, to I 85 into GA is the best I would suggest.
If you have the time, The trip from Front Royal, VA to Cherokee, NC is fantastic, but it is 560+ relaxed miles with pretty heavy enforcement. I've seldom been enticed to get too out of line on the BRP because the ride is so nice. After there, secondary roads or Interstate are both possible.

Have a fun ride! See you at CCR!

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Thanks, Hans and Jay. I'm gonna have to think about leaving a day earlier than planned to ride the Skyline and Parkway. And I'll stay off I-40.

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If you do not have a National Park Pass, entry onto Skyline Drive at Front Royal, VA will cost you $15. You then have seven days to ride Skyline drive as much as you want. Nation Park Pass is $50 per year, but it will get you into any national park for a year from the first time you go in the park and get the pass punched. I purchase one every year now, as I don't know when and where I'll be.

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Good to know, many thanks. I may do the year-long pass and ride the Skyline back to CT as well.

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