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Just returned from a secret ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway (which I refer to as the lazy person's Appalachian Trail). I am fortunate enough to live and work within 5 miles of the parkway but hardly ever get a chance to go for a ride. In fact, I bought the ET4 in August (1st scooter) and have not ridden the Parkway yet for a number of reasons, including too many damn tourists in the warmer months.

I took my baby to work today since they were predicting a high of 64. Well, it was 28 when I left home and I seriously doubt it got above the mid-50's. I got a wild hair after lunch and decided it was time to give the BRP a try.

It was well worth the effort. I work in Waynesville, NC so I started my trip by going through Maggie Valley, a small tacky tourist town. When I picked up the parkway it was closed in the direction I intended to go (probably because of ice at the highest elevations) so I ended up going south to Cherokee, NC (home of the eastern band of the Cherokee Indians). The entire time I was on the parkway I saw only 3 other cars, went through 5 tunnels and felt like I had the world to myself! The view is so beautiful when the leaves are off the trees! I got to practice a lot of cornering and go whatever speed I liked so as to enjoy the scenery.

Next, I went through the town on Cherokee, another tacky tourist town. Then I picked up highway 19 and 15 miles later I was back in my office. Total miles =50. Total time, 1.5 hrs. Did the boss even know? Hell no, and even if he did he would probably only be mad because I didn't invite him.

My only regret was not having others ride along with me! If any of you are ever my way let me know and we'll ride!
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Nothing like a good playing hooky story. Just hope your boss doesn't surf the net too much!
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Hi Seth, you were lucky with the scenery! I was in the States in 1984, and did the Blue Ridge parkway in a Chrysler Cutlass. Beautiful scenery all around, and I couldn't see any of it because of the mists! This was in late June - probably the wrong time of year.

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Hey Mike! Bet it's warmer there than it is here. I'm jealous! My sister lives in Canberra and the parents are over there visiting right now. Shout out to them for me!
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Seth sounds like a great ride! I hope to get up that way this year, for a scooter ride. We will have to hook up. I lived up in Ashville for about a year when I was in the food buisness, Beale.
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good deal, Beale! I'll look forward to it,
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I also got out in Wisconsin today. It got up to 52 degrees at lunch so I drove home and road my GT back to work. This is my first ride in a while.

It felt good to get back on for a while.

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Way to go, guys.

I'm in WI, too, MGG. Carzy weather today, eh? Family obligations kept from enjoying the warmth. Crying or Very sad emoticon
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Re: Awesome Ride!!!
sethbcole wrote:
Just returned from a secret ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway (which I refer to as the lazy person's Appalachian Trail). I am fortunate enough to live and work within 5 miles of the parkway but hardly ever get a chance to go for a ride. In fact, I bought the ET4 in August (1st scooter) and have not ridden the Parkway yet for a number of reasons, including too many damn tourists in the warmer months.

I took my baby to work today since they were predicting a high of 64. Well, it was 28 when I left home and I seriously doubt it got above the mid-50's. I got a wild hair after lunch and decided it was time to give the BRP a try.

It was well worth the effort. I work in Waynesville, NC so I started my trip by going through Maggie Valley, a small tacky tourist town. When I picked up the parkway it was closed in the direction I intended to go (probably because of ice at the highest elevations) so I ended up going south to Cherokee, NC (home of the eastern band of the Cherokee Indians). The entire time I was on the parkway I saw only 3 other cars, went through 5 tunnels and felt like I had the world to myself! The view is so beautiful when the leaves are off the trees! I got to practice a lot of cornering and go whatever speed I liked so as to enjoy the scenery.

Next, I went through the town on Cherokee, another tacky tourist town. Then I picked up highway 19 and 15 miles later I was back in my office. Total miles =50. Total time, 1.5 hrs. Did the boss even know? Hell no, and even if he did he would probably only be mad because I didn't invite him.

My only regret was not having others ride along with me! If any of you are ever my way let me know and we'll ride!
Some of my best rides are the spontaneous, solo ones!
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