Blue ridge parkway suggestions / tips


New Member
Nov 1, 2009
I'm planning a bike trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway - the 470 or so miles in six days, May 9th - 15th, with my wife driving a sag SUV rental, and staying in hotels/motels/B&B's. I'll be riding the south to north direction, and I'll be up for the task, as I live at elevation and am use to climbing (I'm in CO at 8600'), as well as multi-day trips.

my itinerary:
day 1: cherokee to pisgah inn (63 miles, 9800' gain)
day 2: pisgah inn to little switzerland - including mt mitchell (86 miles / 9800' gain) to asheville
day 3: day off in asheville, then drive back to little switzerland (skyline village inn)
day 4: skyline village inn-little switzerland to doughton hall b&b (86 miles, 7900' gain)
day 5: doughton hall b&b to stonewall b&b (89 miles / 6500' gain)
day 6: stonewall b&b to peaks of otter lodge (74 miles / 6700' gain)
day 7: peaks of otter lodge to rockfish gap (86 miles / 8000' gain) to dc

I have the "Bicycling the Blue Ridge" book, but it seems to be catered way more toward the touring/camping cyclist. I'll be riding a fairly light road bike with one small frame pack below the top tube. I'll carry enough calories and water for three or four hours, and then meet my wife each day at an agreed upon sag lunch stop mid ride, so my main interests right now are lodging, and dinner restaurants which have healthier food.

I will be bringing along good lights, and certainly rain and colder weather clothing.

I'm hoping to get some suggestions, as I'm not finding a lot online...most is related to camping.

Thanks, Roy