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Road Trip - Blue Ridge to the Dragon - September 3-7

Road Trip time for me over an extended Labor Day weekend. I finally decided it's time to head south to the Dragon! I'm going to do it the scenic way,

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Old 08-16-2009, 10:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Road Trip - Blue Ridge to the Dragon - September 3-7

Road Trip time for me over an extended Labor Day weekend. I finally decided it's time to head south to the Dragon! I'm going to do it the scenic way, winding down the Blue Ridge Parkway, ending up at the dragon on the 4th. I'll stay in that area at least one night for a few dragon runs and some of the other roads in the area, heading back home on the 5th or 6th, depending on how much fun I'm having. ;-)

If there's anyone else in the area that's interested in joining me, please feel free. I've got some hotel ideas that are reasonably priced and still available in the Dragon area.

The plan so far:
This is a long arse trip (google maps timewise) running the full length of the parkway down, but I'm determined to do it! These are my best guesses as far as travel days/times go:

Day 1 - September 3 (Hotel in Sparta or nearby)
Google Map - Day 1

Day 2 - September 4 (Hotel in Robbinsville - Microtel)
Google Map - Day 2

Day 3 - September 5
Hit the dragon for a few runs, have some lunch then explore other roads in the area. Potentially stay another night in Robbinsville or elsewhere in the area if I find a hot hillbilly chick with more than two teeth!

Day 4 - September 6
Head back home by pointing my car north and seeing where whatever road I'm on takes me. ;-) I'll avoid the interstate most likely on the way home too, so it could be interesting.
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Hrrrrrrrmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm......


Interesting!


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Would love to but I'll be in Washington State that weekend. I'll look for the pics when you return.
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Man, I just got off a week vacation so I can't take off.
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Let me know about your hotel ideas and prices...this is an interesting proposition hehe
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Well there's a lot of options in that general area such as Holiday Inn express, there's a Mircrotel place right in Robbinsville and many others for about $70/night. So far they all have vacancies over that weekend. If I really do take the scenic route down, I'll need to find something around the Virginia/NC border off of the Parkway.

I kind of wing it on these things, but will most likely at least make a reservation at a hotel in the Dragon area to be safe.
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Well there's a lot of options in that general area such as Holiday Inn express, there's a Mircrotel place right in Robbinsville and many others for about $70/night. So far they all have vacancies over that weekend. If I really do take the scenic route down, I'll need to find something around the Virginia/NC border off of the Parkway.

I kind of wing it on these things, but will most likely at least make a reservation at a hotel in the Dragon area to be safe.
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Ok not sure if it happened or not I haven't been there . What i've been reading about the Dragon is that they have put in speed bumps all threw out the route. Please check it out before you travel. Just My 2 cents
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I had to look at the calendar after reading this... Nope not April 1st!

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Lance...are you planning on taking skyline drive down to blue ridge parkway?
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Lance...are you planning on taking skyline drive down to blue ridge parkway?
Na, blue ridge is long enough. I've done Skyline before, so I thought I'd shave off a few hours drive by heading direct to the blue ridge. I may even take 81 straight down on Thursday the 3rd and hit the dragon on the 4th (Friday) to avoid some of the traffic there. If I do that, I'll take the Blue Ridge back home.

I'm so undecided as of yet! Fortunately there's plenty of hotel options with vacancy down there.
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Cool. Bored at work messing with google maps..checking stuff out.
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Cool. Bored at work messing with google maps..checking stuff out.
Me too...shhhhh....
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You flying solo for the trip?

Sorry for all the questions haha
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