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BlueRidge Parkway Question(6 posts)

BlueRidge Parkway QuestionLike2bike
Jul 17, 2001 10:26 AM
For those of you who know the Parkway in Virgina, I plan on attempting to ride from the 0 mile marker all the way to Roanoke at about the 100 mile marker. My biggest concern is going to be if there will be places to stop for water along the way and how often? I plan on having someone come get me once I reach Roanoke. Thanks for any input.
Tim
12,000+ vertical feetKevin M
Jul 17, 2001 1:16 PM
I don't know details on the water stops, but I just used my Delorme TOPO 3D software to calculate that you will climb about 12,400 vertical feet. Sounds like a fun ride!
re: BlueRidge Parkway Questionmadstork
Jul 17, 2001 2:33 PM
I'm going out on a limb here and assuming mile marker 0 is in eastern Va. and that you will be traveling westward to Roanoke. If I'm wrong, scratch everything that follows!

Mile 0 to James River - I've never done it, so I can't offer any info.

James River/Peaks of Otter - One of my favorite areas on BRP is the Peaks of Otter area which is east of Roanoke. There is a lodge/restaurant/cafe and a NPS campground on the BRP with water available. Check your map, I think you will hit the area after 40-50 miles. Before you get to Peaks of Otter though, there is a nice stop on the James River. Water/restrooms available there, plus on Hwy 501 just off the BRP there is a convenience store/grill. This preceeds the climb that is the highest point on the BRP in Virginia. You crest the mountain and then descend to Peaks of Otter (sounds odd, doesn't it?) Peaks of Otter refers to 3 mountains that surround a beautiful valley.

Between Peaks of Otter and Roanoke - never done it, but I think you can make it on two full bottles topped off at Peaks of Otter. I recall a Roanoke Mountain state park just off the BRP very close to Roanoke if you need water. I've driven this part of the route numerous times and I don't recall any convenience stores/gas stations on BRP. I think the state park is the only option.

Have a great trip!
re: BlueRidge Parkway QuestionLike2bike
Jul 18, 2001 4:46 AM
Thank you for the info. Yes, I will be heading south west from mile marker 0 which is right near afton mtn. I just wanted to make sure that I wasnt going to get myself into trouble out there if I couldnt get water. I cant wait to try my new bike on the climbs. I used to ride a 22 lb waterford, now I have a 17 lb Empire and this bike has been so much better on the flats than my old waterford, now to test it in the hills.

Thanks again
Tim
Elevation change info ......mtnrogue
Jul 18, 2001 4:57 AM
I have information on elevation changes for the parkway. It's referenced by mile posts and shows both north and south. Will try and post here tommorrow.

mark
re: BlueRidge Parkway QuestionMarc in Montréal
Jul 18, 2001 7:00 AM
Hello Tim. I did the Blue from Front Royal(VA) to Cherokee(NC) last summer. Outstanding ride: almost no trafic, so quiet but very few services. Look at these Internet ressources to plan: www.blueridgeparkway.org // www.nps-gov/blri/home.htm // and if you want to go further: www.ncnatural.com/parkway/milebymile.html I remember that about 40 miles before reaching Roanoke, a lot of local folks use the Blue Ridge as another local route so there is much more nasty trafic in that 40 miles. You'd better be very careful when you'll be about 40 miles of Roanoke! Bon voyage! MARC