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#434023 - 05/09/12 12:52 am Best route to Blowing Rock?  
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Working hard to get there on the 18th. Coming from the Nawth, google suggests two routes, one is down 81 across 77 and a goodly distance on 221. The other is longer, down 95, 85 etc.

Question is, what type of road is 221? Is it decent highway, or a two lane full of lights?

The plan is to put the bike in the back of the pickup and haul down there at best speed possible on fastest roads possible. Any way I slice it, its an 8 hour run. Spending the last hour beating my way through lights is not on my list.

All advice is appreciated.

#434068 - 05/09/12 10:20 am Re: Best route to Blowing Rock? [Re: Zimm]  
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If it were me, I'd take I 77 to 421 and then get on the Parkway for a few miles into Blowing Rock.
221 has a few lights, but its definetly not suburbia.
Mike

#434084 - 05/09/12 12:17 pm Re: Best route to Blowing Rock? [Re: Zimm]  
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Don't know your proximity to 81, but I would take it over 95 any day. We have always taken 81/77/421, takes about 20 huors from New Hampshire.


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#434132 - 05/09/12 5:07 pm Re: Best route to Blowing Rock? [Re: Zimm]  
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Not sure how close to 81 you are up in maryland. I prefer 81 over 95 any day and will go out of my way to stay off 95. If you go 81, take it to 77 and then you can either take 421 or get on the parkway for a longer ride into Blowing Rock. 221 has some lights and twisties. the Parkway is 45 mph, but a beautiful drive. You'll see some of it on the ride.

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#434143 - 05/09/12 6:23 pm Re: Best route to Blowing Rock? [Re: Zimm]  
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Originally Posted By: Zimm
Working hard to get there on the 18th. Coming from the Nawth, google suggests two routes, one is down 81 across 77 and a goodly distance on 221. The other is longer, down 95, 85 etc.

Question is, what type of road is 221? Is it decent highway, or a two lane full of lights?

All advice is appreciated.


221 is a pretty decent road south of I-77. Galax is kind of a pain to get through; most of these formerly small mountain towns that used to be a downtown with a courthouse and a couple stoplights now consist of 5 miles of Lowe's, Home Depots, Chilis, Applebys, McDonalds, WalMart SuperCenters, Cracker Barrels, jet ski stores, car lots, etc. - but the whole country has gone that way, nothing you can do about that. Other than Galax, 221 is a few small towns and lots of nice scenery. Better on a motorcycle than a loaded pickup truck, but it's as good a choice as any. I'll probably take 221 from its northern terminus in Lynchburg VA and take it all the way to Blowing Rock ....

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#434146 - 05/09/12 6:31 pm Re: Best route to Blowing Rock? [Re: Zimm]  
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Hey Lannis-any sugestions on routes from Front Royal down? Was thinking of running the Blue Ridge most of the way but options are always nice.
Thanks


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#434148 - 05/09/12 6:45 pm Re: Best route to Blowing Rock? [Re: Zimm]  
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It kind of depends on how much of hurry you're in and what it is you're driving ...

Me, if I were at Front Royal and heading to Blowing Rock, I'd take US340 down to where it hits US11 near Greenville, VA, then take 11 and I-81 down to Roanoke, then hop off on I581 and pick up 221 south from there ... will take a little longer but a nicer drive ....

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#434181 - 05/09/12 10:32 pm Re: Best route to Blowing Rock? [Re: Zimm]  
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I'm on a 71 Triumph so slow and steady beats the super slab any time.
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#489696 - 05/11/13 12:00 am Re: Best route to Blowing Rock? [Re: Zimm]  
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I'm coming down Thursday evening in a van outfitted to hold bikes....I'm taking I 70 to US 340 to I 81. Staying at a Hampton Inn just off I 81 / I 77 junction. Finish up the last couple hours on I 77 and US 221 early Friday morning....hope to pull into Blowing Rock around 10AM on Friday....

I'll probably take a portion of the Parkway going home....doesn't make sense coming down for me, because it will already be dark.

Steve


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#489719 - 05/11/13 2:52 am Re: Best route to Blowing Rock? [Re: Zimm]  
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Ditto on avoiding I-95!!!
That is one miserable stretch of highway, no matter what part of it you hit- with the possible exception of further north in Maine, it ALL sux.

I-81 is more than marginally better-(lots of truck traffic tho) and far more scenic to boot. Lots of US or state highways heading S/SW out of the DC area, they all run pretty fast and there's nothing there to slow you down except possibly the VA state police. Get to DC, pick up I-66, find US highways (US 29 > 211) cross country to 81S. Done it loads of times. Smooth sailin'. Jump off 81 @ Roanoke and take the BRP to Blowing Rock. Boom.


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#489789 - 05/11/13 7:12 pm Re: Best route to Blowing Rock? [Re: Zimm]  
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Well familiar with 81 down to exit 118, as Boy.2 is a student at V Tech. Glad to get advice on how to proceed from there.

Plan is to get there Friday. If I can get away from work early enough on Thursday, may go down to Blacksburg then and over to Blowing Rock Friday morning. Be nice to get a ride in Friday afternoon.

We will see what the week brings.

#490309 - 05/15/13 11:47 am Re: Best route to Blowing Rock? [Re: Zimm]  
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I'm coming down I-75 (truck and trailer) and there doesn't seem to be a clear cut route to BR. I'm thinking 75-40-81 to Johnson City,and 321 to BR. Is there a better(faster) route? Jack

#490312 - 05/15/13 12:48 pm Re: Best route to Blowing Rock? [Re: Jack Adams]  
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Originally Posted By: Jack Adams
I'm coming down I-75 (truck and trailer) and there doesn't seem to be a clear cut route to BR. I'm thinking 75-40-81 to Johnson City,and 321 to BR. Is there a better(faster) route? Jack


Jack.....as far as I know that's the fastest/best....pretty much the only route. I've done it a bunch of times and that's the way I go.

Part of the ride is on the same section of 321 you'll be coming in on.

Have a safe trip and we'll see ya this weekend.

The Skipper...........aka Gordon

#490395 - 05/15/13 11:51 pm Re: Best route to Blowing Rock? [Re: Zimm]  
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I'm coming in hot outta VA... Eventually going to get onto Rte 16 into Jefferson/West Jefferson and pick up 221 to Blowing rock. I think I'm about 125 miles out?


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#497418 - 07/11/13 1:10 pm Re: Best route to Blowing Rock? [Re: Zimm]  
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Just to get the spammers name off this thread I will say no more than that any route to Blowing Rock has to be a good one smile


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#497463 - 07/12/13 12:56 am Re: Best route to Blowing Rock? [Re: Zimm]  
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hi bryan and marie


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#497481 - 07/12/13 5:01 am Re: Best route to Blowing Rock? [Re: Zimm]  
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Good morning Richrd smile

Well it is here at 6.02 am, can you smell the coffee? laughing

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