Riding the Blue Ridge Parkway to Asheville- Day 3 - 9000 Mile Coast to Coast Solo Motorcycle Trip1
On this last and final video of my journey through the Appalachian mountains we close out three days on this incredible ride all the way from Thorton’s Gap on Skyline Drive down to Asheville on the last leg of the Blue Ridge Parkway. I met some amazing folks already on my 40 day journey across the United States. In the South you are never alone, and there is always a helping hand. From Brian who on the first day helped me with a temporary fix to my kickstand and center stand. To Lee featured in my second which I was able to stick with until more substantial help for his ignition system arrived. Until this the third day when I ran into Ralph in his Volvo S90 that dispensed freely his 90 years of wisdom.
In this video I take you through some more amazing vistas and twisting curves. This is one of the most rewarding sections of either the Skyline Drive or Blue Ridge Parkway. And getting the shots of the valley with my chin camp was a bit tricky because I had to turn my head towards the cliffs while continuing to ride straight. I think in this video I finally mastered the trick and it paid off.
First up is the town of Boone, named after Daniel Boone and soon after this are views from Grand Overlook and Thunderhill Overlook. After these two overlooks which look down into a river valley that was one of Daniel Boone’s favorite hunting spots, we come to the town of Blowing Rock where I grab lunch at a very nice gastropub that is a perfect implementation of those which are in style right now.
Leaving Blowing Rock the next points of interest are Sims Creek, and especially Price Lake. Green Mountain Overlook is up next and after this is an overlook simply called View Wilson Creek Valley. Your senses continue to be assaulted by the green valleys below and blue/white sky over the next section which includes Yonahlossee Overlook.
The Eastern Continental Divide has a surprisingly low elevation at these parts at 2820 ft. as you cross over it a few times in the next section of the parkway. But you gain elevation as you come to the town of Little Switzerland which is little more than a few secluded resorts which is perfect if seclusion with tremendous views is your thing.
Continuing south at higher elevations you take in Deer Lick Overlook and Three Knobs Overlook. And the jewel of this section is Crabtree Falls, Black Mountain Overlook, and the views of Big Laurel Gap.
Next is the section which includes a few Tunnels including Rough Ridge Tunnel, and Craggy Pinnacle Tunnel which is the shortest tunnel in the parkway. One of the must see attractions is the Craggy Gardens Visitor’s Center. Craggy Gardens is known for its spectacular views, and for its Rhododendrons. The best season to see the pink and purple flows in full bloom is early Summer.
Soon after this you come down off the mountain into the city of Asheville. I opt to stay in a recently renovated motor lodge called the The Beaucatcher. This is one of the stops where I have friends and so I take the time to grab a drink and a meal downtown.
Tomorrow we head west towards Chattanooga to catch a glimpse of Ruby Falls.
I believe in New Beginnings by Constellate
Bluegrass Bean by The Undertowns
A Country Sunset by Constellate
Take My Time by Codey Randall
Pembroke Pines by Wait Adams
Lucky Bird by River Run Dry
Out the Back by Biddy Sullivan
They Will Never Know by Constellate
A Gentle Invitation by Dawn, Dawn, Dawn
I just finished a 9000-mile solo ride. I’ll be bringing you videos of my epic coast-to-coast trip and other motorcycle-related videos. So, hello everyone, welcome to my motorcycle channel!