Bicycling the Blue Ridge: A Guide to the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway [NOOK Book]

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There is no ribbon of highway more ideal for cycling than the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway – they both entice the senses and physically challenge the body. The new edition of Bicycling the Blue Ridge continues as the definitive guide to this cyclist’s dream road, offering completely updated information on lodging, bike shops, campgrounds, road crossings, points of interest, bed and breakfasts, panoramic views, groceries, and more. Written with racers, touring cyclists, and recreational cyclists in mind, ...
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Bicycling the Blue Ridge: A Guide to the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Overview

There is no ribbon of highway more ideal for cycling than the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway – they both entice the senses and physically challenge the body. The new edition of Bicycling the Blue Ridge continues as the definitive guide to this cyclist’s dream road, offering completely updated information on lodging, bike shops, campgrounds, road crossings, points of interest, bed and breakfasts, panoramic views, groceries, and more. Written with racers, touring cyclists, and recreational cyclists in mind, this milepost-by-milepost guide covers every inch of the 574-mile path between Front Royal, Virginia, and Cherokee, North Carolina.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897329514
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
  • Publication date: 4/21/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 270,626
  • File size: 37 MB
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Meet the Author

Elizabeth and Charlie Skinner have spent the last two decades bicycling, hiking, and exploring the Piedmont, foothills and mountains of North Carolina. They shared their love of outdoor adventuring with two daughters, and continue to pass along their years of experience to grateful readers.
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Bicycling the Blue Ridge, 4th

A Guide to the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway
By Skinner, Elizabeth

Menasha Ridge Press

Copyright © 2004 Skinner, Elizabeth
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0897325613

Craggy Gardens to Asheville
Get ready for some fun! You have a solid ten miles of spectacular downhill into Asheville. You'll gain it back if you are cycling on to Mt. Pisgah, but for now, enjoy. Pisgah National Forest spreads its lush blanket of green as far as the eye can see. The Swannanoa River Valley and the town of Black Mountain are to the east.

Known as "The Land of the Sky," Asheville is the quintessential city of the Blue Ridge. With a population of 160,000, it has become an urban center in its own right. Its burgeoning size warrants some careful directions on how to get around. We suggest you take one of two routes to reach the inner city. Town Mountain Road leads to downtown Asheville and two bike shops. The route through Biltmore Forest situates you best for the Biltmore Estate. A third route is best for reaching the airport. We outline each route below.

Of modern design in wood and stone, the Folk Art Center sits serenely in its mountain setting. If you appreciate fine handicrafts, you will want several hours to spend here. Bring your credit card, because the artsy jewelry, hand-loomed fabrics, and original pottery are expensive. The Folk Art Center also has an extensive selection of books on the southern highlands.

There are numerous tourist attractions in Asheville. The Biltmore Estate, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial and home, and the seasonal festivals held in Asheville are all reasons to spend some time in the city. If you plan on touring Asheville, you may want to write the Asheville Travel and Tourism Office for detailed information.
Milepost
365.5 Craggy Flats Tunnel (400 ft.)
374.4 Tanbark Ridge Tunnel (780 ft.)
377.4 (elev. 3,132 ft.)


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All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Preface

Part 1: An Introduction to Bicycling the Blue Ridge
1 The Ultimate Bicycling Road
2 Weather in the Blue Ridge Mountains
3 Camping versus Lodging
4 Gearing Up: Special Equipment and Clothing

Part 2: Point-by-Point Descriptions
5 An Explanation of Our Point-by-Point Descriptions
6 The Skyline Drive
Front Royal to Thornton Gap
Thornton Gap to Swift Run Gap
Swift Run Gap to Rockfish Gap
7 The Blue Ridge Parkway
Rockfish Gap to James River Visitor Center
James River Visitor Center to Roanoke Mountain
Roanoke Mountain to Mabry Mill
Mabry Mill to Cumberland Knob
Cumberland Knob to Northwest Trading Post
Northwest Trading Post to Linville Falls
Linville Falls to Craggy Gardens
Craggy Gardens to Mount Pisgah
Mount Pisgah to Cherokee
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Part 3: Appendices
Appendix A: Bicycle Shops
Appendix B: For More Information
Appendix C: Major Elevation Gains
Index

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