Friday, September 5, 2008

Asheville NC/ Blueridge Parkway

Asheville is a fantastic place to ride. The Blueridge Parkway passes right by Asheville. The Parkway, with 45mph speed limits, no commercial traffic, long moderate climbs, and beautiful vistas is great for cyclists. (although tourist traffic can be bad, particularly on Fall weekends.)

There are a number of tunnels on the Parkway, particularly heading south from Asheville. Most of the tunnels you can see through to the opposite side. However, some are pitch dark in the middle which can be a little unnerving. Lights, front and back are definitely required.

We stayed at the Inn at Biltmore Estate. It's a very nice small hotel on the Biltmore Estate.
Riding from the Inn worked out great. By ducking through the Biltmore Forest neighborhood, you can access the Parkway without having to ride in traffic.

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