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    BRP, motorcycle 'n' me

    A buddy on a motorcycling forum that I frequent posted up an invitation to meet up near Meadows of Dan, Virginia, at a motorcycle campground called Willville.

    Since my wife was busy Saturday and Sunday, I decided to load up some hammock-camping gear and head up Saturday morning.


    Since I was getting such a late start on the 275-or-so-mile ride, I decided to head up on the -- blech! -- Eisenhower Interstate System.

    I did the Interstates up to Fancy Gap, VA, then caught the Blue Ridge Parkway for the last couple of dozen miles or so.

    A stop at the rest area/welcome center on I-77.


    Fancy Gap and the trip to Meadows of Dan was foggy and rainy. I got to the campground, said some hellos, and set up my hammock in a nice little area across a little stream from the main camping area.



    I set up in the rain. What fun!



    (this pic is actually from the next morning.)

    I visited with some buddies through the evening and met some new folks, then turned in for the night. The rain had let up in the early evening.

    I slept great, and I woke up to this view. (Sorry for the picture quality here and on others; I only had my phone's camera on this trip.Doh!)


    I packed up Sunday morning, said my goodbyes, and headed out.

    It was a beautiful, crisp morning.


    I spent pretty much all day Sunday riding the Blue Ridge Parkway from meadows of Dan, VA, down to NC 215 west ("south") of Asheville, NC. It was a great day of riding.

    Here are a few more pics from the day.

    Briefly, I was the only person in the world who was in two states at once on the BRP.






    There was a detour onto NC 18 that took me through Sparta, NC.






    I love what my hairdresser, Helmet, does with my hair.


    I explored a little gravel around Alta Pass.


    I saw a buddy from Georgia at an overlook west of Asheville, turned around at the next chance, and met him on the road. I caught him at the same turnaround that I had used, about to turn around to chase me down.

    He had a new-to-him '05 Yamaha FJR that he recently bought and that I hadn't seen.


    We rode together for a while, then went our separate ways home.

    It was a great couple of days of riding and hanging.

    Chris

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    Sounds like a blast, thanks for sharing!

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    Nice pics. Nice bike. Nice report. Tnx for sharing.

    (Those self portraits show a guy with a big grin, I suspect that was the normal look on your face )

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    Y'all have some fine stuff back there...moto campgrounds? We have one (not officially online) at Sopiago Springs but that's it as far as I know. Your hang spot looked like a slice of moto hammock paradise...well done!
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    Did you get to the Poor Farmer's Market (and deli) in Stuart, Va. (near Mabry Mill on the Parkway)? Good food there.

    Thanks for the report. Looks like you had a great ride in a beautiful spot.


    "Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities."
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    ****, another post to make me jealous ... you're an evil guy Chris
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tbull55 View Post
    Sounds like a blast, thanks for sharing!

    Tbull
    Thanks, Tbull. It was a fun weekend.

    Quote Originally Posted by easyriver View Post
    Nice pics. Nice bike. Nice report. Tnx for sharing.

    (Those self portraits show a guy with a big grin, I suspect that was the normal look on your face )
    Motorcycles and hammocks do make me smile, easyriver.
    Quote Originally Posted by Law Dawg (ret) View Post
    Y'all have some fine stuff back there...moto campgrounds? We have one (not officially online) at Sopiago Springs but that's it as far as I know. Your hang spot looked like a slice of moto hammock paradise...well done!
    Law Dawg, this was my first time at that moto-campground. One of my buddies mentioned that there was a nice spot across the little bridge. he said that if he'd found it before he set up his t-word (shhh!), he'd have been back there. I walked across tha tlittle bridge in the rain and couldn't believe how pretty a little spot that was.

    There are quite a few campgrounds in the Southeast that cater to motorcyclists. This one -- Willville Bike Camp -- is a really nice one, and I'll definitely be going back to hang there again.

    I forgot to put this pic in the original post. This is from the visitor center at Graggy Gardens.


    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCPatrick View Post
    Did you get to the Poor Farmer's Market (and deli) in Stuart, Va. (near Mabry Mill on the Parkway)? Good food there.

    Thanks for the report. Looks like you had a great ride in a beautiful spot.
    Patrick, I had a Hungry Hillbilly sandwich from the Poor Farmer's Saturday night, followed up with a piece of Possum Pie for dessert.

    Willville is only about a mile from the market, on the other side of the parkway.

    I fueled up there Sunday morning and had a biscuit for breakfast.

    Quote Originally Posted by Danalex View Post
    ****, another post to make me jealous ... you're an evil guy Chris
    Dan, you should come down here with your hammock-camping gear while you're lettin' your dribbun' license "cool off," and you can ride my TW200 on a camping trip.


    Suuuuurely you won't get in trouble on a T-Dub.



    Or will you?

    Chris

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    Stranger things have happened

    I will have to plan one soon. I still have insurance on the bike till May 22, plus I got the renewal and it's down to only $2800
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    great pics chris. are you kntuckybanjo on adv forum? you also road withf another aquaintance of mine GASTON GAGNE who i found out this am is half of phil and nicki who was behind me kayaking the gauley back 10 years ago. i wanted to make that trip too but weather and wife suggested otherwise. i've hung at willville a few times but i've never noticed the bridge...i usually ennd up there a week either side of labor day..planning it again this year too.

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