In the Great
Smoky Mountains of North Carolina you will find that all roads are great scenic highways.
Its a biker's paradise with winding roads through the mountains, views that are
breathtaking and numerous waterfalls along the way. But by far, my
favorite ride will always be the Blue Ridge Parkway where you will not find any
billboard signs or stop lights.
Part 1: A Ride down the
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway is my favorite ride of a lifetime with overlooks and tunnels, grassy pull offs with picnic
tables. A must do for motorcycle's if you look you may even see a black bear
or two. All of the following can be found close to the parkway.
Blue Ridge Parkway History
After 52 years of construction, the Blue Ridge
Parkway was completed in September 1987. Ground was broken on September 11, 1935
at Cumberland Knob, North Carolina.
Linn Cove Viaduct
Completed in 1983 at a cost of almost $10 million,
the Linn Cove Viaduct is 1,243 feet long and contains 153 segments weighing 50
tons each. Only one segment, the southernmost, is straight.
Highest point east of the Mississippi. Take the leather it gets
pretty cold at the top.
At 6,684 feet, some days you are above the clouds.
228-foot suspension bridge spans an
more than one mile in elevation above sea level at 5,305 feet.
Biltmore America's Largest Home
Over a six-year period, an entire
community of craftsmen worked to build the country's premier
home. The estate boasted its own brick factory, woodworking
shop, and a three-mile railway spur for transporting
materials to the site. It has 4 acres of floor space, 250
rooms, 34 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces. The
basement alone would house a swimming pool, gymnasium and
changing rooms, bowling alley, servants' quarters, kitchens,