Odyssey Segment 2 – Blue Ridge Parkway
September 22 - October 2, 2019
(11 days, 10 nights; Sun - Wed)Alternate Tour Dates
Price good until March 15, 2019 Includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, support van, leaders, tour maps & narratives.
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.
Dulles International Airport - 2:00 PM; Front Royal Hotel - 4:00 PM
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.
|Day 1||Orientation dinner in Front Royal, VA|
|Day 2||Begin segment 2: Skyline Drive - Swift Run Gap, V||66|
|Day 3||Wintergreen Resort, VA||62|
|Day 4||Peaks of Otter, VA||80|
|Day 5||Floyd, VA||73|
|Day 6||Sparta, NC||60|
|Day 7||Blowing Rock, NC||70|
|Day 8||Little Switzerland, NC||45|
|Day 9||Asheville, NC||60|
|Day 10||Bryson City, NC||70|
|Day 11||Segment ends|