The Blue Ridge Parkway

Ever heard of it? Yeah, me too.

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469 miles long. I guess I didn’t do much of it last time, joined north of Atlanta, I think near New Switzerland, and got off here to go to Baltimore.

That’s a long road. The limit on the Ridge (BRP) is 45mph, much better. I plonk it at about 50, as are most others, and it is a good speed, lots of corners!

There are some fall colors appearing. I am wondering if these are first due to drought stress, or is this normal?

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A gorgeous apparition appears at a pull out, a BMW GS800, the new twin, parked with a BeeeUtiful woman walking to the edge. Gosh, says I…nice clouds, I need a photo. I did not see the gentleman taking her photo. Dammit. They are from Washington D.C. She apparently does not speak English. I get their photo, they get mine. I wish I got a better photo of her, wow.

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Stickers are accumulating…

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A lot of the fall colors I skipped photos of, bad traffic, telephone/power lines or other obstructions, etc. This was pretty good.

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Blue Ridge Morning

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Cool fences everywhere

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and graveyards

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AcckkkkkkKK!

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another day on the ridge…bummer.

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these are everywhere…as are butterflies and caterpillars…coincidence?

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Mabry Mill. Mabry was a blacksmith, wheelwright, and ran a sawmill and gristmill out of his place. Nice. I would have fit in perfectly…with a fat internet connection for those long winters. oh, and that babe from DC.

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Gorgeous.

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Blacksmith shop

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Ma Mabry’s loom

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Beer ‘n’ bud butt break

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sidetracked to try to find a motorcycle campground, found it, but nobody home.

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Sunset on the Ridge. I barely made it here, Roanoke, VA. Coasting down the hills, 378 miles on the clock, both reserves wide open, I don’t want to push this beeyatch. whew!

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Tupelo Honey Cafe

yummy grits!

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And that basically was the Blue Ridge Parkway. VERY nice, not too much traffic, Maxfield Parrish clouds, no rain, win-win!

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