Odyssey Segment 2 – Blue Ridge Parkway

Odyssey Segment 2 – Blue Ridge Parkway

September 22 - October 2, 2019

(11 days, 10 nights; Sun - Wed)

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Double Booking

$4110/person

Single Booking

$4990

Roommate Rebate

$850

Price good until December 15, 2018 Includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, support van, leaders, tour maps & narratives.

Assembly Point

Front Royal, VA

Timberline van shuttle is possible from Dulles International Airport to Front Royal, VA.  The segment ends in Bryson City, NC and a Timberline shuttle is possible directly to Asheville Regional Airport after the segment.

Not included: Airline service; Guide Gratuity.

 

Meeting Time

Dulles International Airport - 2:00 PM; Front Royal Hotel - 4:00 PM

Drop-off Time

10:00 AM

Our tour through the Appalachian Mountains is a middle segment in our 32 day 2019 Odyssey Cycling Tour that travels from the Canadian border to New Orleans, mostly along US Route 11.  The first section starts on the northern edge of New York and continues to the northern tip of the Shenandoah National Park. From here segment two picks up and we diiverge from Route 11 to take the parallel road along the infamous Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway in its entirety.

This is a bucket list ride along Skyline Drive, which connects to the Blue Ridge Parkway:  574 miles of  gorgeous vistas and dramatic elevations. The parkway snakes through the Blue Ridge Mountains and traverses the states of Virginia and North Carolina, and offers us a chance to challenge and amaze.  Our lodging stays as close to the parkway as possible, but we will sometimes have to swoop out of the mountains to find a comfortable bed and a hearty meal.  The Timberline van will always be available to help you regain your elevation in the morning to continue the Parkway quest.  We spend 9 days on the parkway, and have scheduled the ride to only include one weekend to minimize the competition with vehicles.  The foliage should just be beginning to change and the weather should be cool in the mornings and warm in the afternoons.  We end in Bryson City, NC at the southern edge of Great Smoky National Park with a celebratory dinner.

Itinerary

DayLocationDistance
Day 1Orientation dinner in Front Royal, VA
Day 2Begin segment 2: Skyline Drive - Swift Run Gap, V66
Day 3Wintergreen Resort, VA62
Day 4Peaks of Otter, VA80
Day 5Floyd, VA73
Day 6Sparta, NC60
Day 7Blowing Rock, NC70
Day 8Little Switzerland, NC45
Day 9Asheville, NC60
Day 10Bryson City, NC70
Day 11Segment ends

Total Distance: 1481 miles

Inn Highlights

  • Peaks of Otter Lodge
  • Wintergreen Resort
  • Chelota Resort

Odyssey Segment 2 – Blue Ridge Parkway

September 22 - October 2, 2019

(11 days, 10 nights; Sun - Wed)