Here’s a “must read” article by Zeke for any and all cyclists planning to ride the Blue Ridge Parkway, or who just likes know it’s out there available for some future tour. I would bet the BRP is in a lot of people’s bucket list of roads to someday tour.
As previously mentioned, there’s a lively discussion on the current standing of the BRP and cyclists place in future planning. (see the previous post ACA Blue Ridge Parkway Needs Your Comments).
So take a little time. Do a little Reading. Then follow this link to the Park Service and express your opinion.
Always willing to test my current level of insanity, I headed out again this morning in sub-freezing weather to bag my second peak of the weekend. Yesterday I found myself atop a frozen Richland Balsam (highest point on the Parkway at 6,053 ft.). Today I took on her more southern sister, Waterrock Knob (5820 ft.). Here are a few pictures.
Jennifer Milyko of the Adventure Cycling Association has brought this to my attention. Follow the link above to read the entire article and find out what you can do to voice your opinion. Even if you never plan to tour the BRP, it is important to let our colective voices be heard. Let the park service know that bike tourists bring a considerable amount of money to the small mountain towns bordering the BRP and that we appreciate any and all efforts to maintain this national treasure.
Here’s the best view you’ll ever see on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I love cycling the Parkway this time of year. If you’ve ever considered traveling to the Smokies and doing a little riding on America’s best cycling road, think about visiting in the winter. You’ll have the road to yourself. One thing to keep in mind though; you’ll have the road to yourself. What I mean is that if you get into trouble, help is not close at hand, cell service is spotty and all Parkway services are shut down. But if you’re willing to risk it, this is a great time to explore the Parkway!
As this year comes to a close and another begins, it’s time to reflect. This has been a busy year, both in my private life and the one I share online. I’ve done some touring, but not as much as I’d like. Raquel and I explored the Chesapeake Bay area with one of our foster kids. Using a rented bungalow by the bay as base camp, we joined the largest organized ride in the area and did some exploring on our own as well. Later in the year I was joined by my good friend, Larry (‘The Tractor’) for a tour of the North Carolina portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway. If you ever have the opportunity, this is the most scenic ride on the east coast. It’s also the most challenging.
My wife and I have hosted some wonderful bike tourists as they passed our way. In order of their appearance at our home: Susan, Christopher, Charles, Rocco, Joe and Emmalee, Russ and Laura, Tomas and finally (unless someone shows up today) Zachary.
And this silly bike blogging project has taken on a life of its own. Readership has grown tremendously. December of last year The Velo Hobo had a little over three-hundred visitors for the month. That number has grown to well over two thousand a month with daily averages between 70 to 100 and the numbers just keep growing.
So what’s next?
I’ve received some very helpful feedback from readers. You’ve told me you’d like to see more ‘Featured Rider’ articles, more on bike camping and more detailed information on packing and carrying gear. You’ve also told me you’d like to see less on leather tooling (for the life of me I can’t understand why, but okay).
Plans are in the works for our annual tour of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We hope to be joined by friends and I’m looking forward to writing a trip review. S240s and short tours on the Parkway are almost certain and if you would like to share ‘trip reports’ of your own, just send them in with a few pictures and I’ll post them.
You may have noticed a new tab at the top of the page and a banner ad in the side bar. Raquel and I will be offering ‘destination day tours’ this spring. These will be laid back activity based tours of our little corner of the Smokies; gem mining, wine tasting, hiking and more. No need to lug your bike across the country, rentals will be available through Bryson City Bicycles. Check back for more details.
Thanks to all Velo Hobo readers for making this a fun and interesting project.