As mentioned, I’ve ridden all or parts of the BRP and Skyline Drive multiple times. The only new segment on this r/t run is St. Augustine, FL to Cherokee, NC. We relocated to St. Augustine since my last BRP run so I will be a bit bogged down leaving via US1 thru Jacksonville but once clear of US10/295 mayhem, it will be all new-to-me GA back roads and small towns for about 10 hours.
The final hour approaching Cherokee is up, up, up the mountains, green in the map, to arrive at a much cooler and breezier altitude.
One of the fun towns I am looking forward to stopping in and writing about is Santa Claus, GA.
After a nice trout dinner and a sleep, I awake just a mile from the southern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway and it is a full day of 45mph, cliffside views, tunnels, switchbacks, deer, bear, bikes and more.
I’ll arrive a little prior to sunset at the Lonesome Pines Cabins right on the BRP near Fancy Gap, VA. There is a kitchenette if I get in after the little grill at the bottom of the lane closes, and I’ll pick-up some frozen things from the gas station in Cherokee upon departure. They slowly defrost in the top box during the day and are ready to toast at night. Tried and true method on the road.
Days 3 & 6 are the second half (200 miles) of the BRP and Skyline Drive (105 miles):
The crossover from the BRP to Skyline Drive is a mere 20 or so yards of pavement. The hotel in Front Royal is only a mile from the northern terminus of Skyline Drive, so it really is a full two days and 574 smiles of no trucks, speeding or craziness.
The Front Royal-NYC segment is all slab typically, US 81-78, and about 5-6 hours but since I have time I may wind through PA and add a few hours on to avoid the horror of the PA trucks.