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Shenandoah Valley weekend trip - March 24, 2006, 09:25 AM

I am planning a bike trip down to Lexington, VA and all through the Shenandoah Valley where I am looking to ride between 600~750 miles over the weekend. (Yeah, I know this isnít much for some guys on there, but my arse is only used to day trips of less than 200 miles).

I have a few questions:

What would be a good suggested route between Luray and Waynesboro? Skyline is great, but I always get an uncontrollable twitch in my right hand on that road. Does the speed limit on the Blue Ridge Parkway pick back up after Skyline drive ends? Should I work my way more west into West Virginia?

What key supplies will I need to pack? I know Iím going to need to take some chain lube. Iíd probably skip on the tire quick-fixers unless someone strongly discourages it. Anything else out of the ordinary?

Has anyone tried to pull a bike into a motel room? Unfortunately I canít get a room in the alumni building because they are all already reserved. Any ideas on accommodations? Any bad/good experiences?

And finally, would anyone be up for joining me for part of the way? I am heading down in the early afternoon on Friday, April 28th and back up late morning Sunday, April 30th. (Saturday is a group ride with some folks from school).

Thanks for your help and suggestions!
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I pulled my bike into a hotel room... just get the cheap kind with the ground floor entrance. Make sure no one sees you, I'm certain it's a fire hazzard and other various violations.


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I pulled my bike into a hotel room... just get the cheap kind with the ground floor entrance. Make sure no one sees you, I'm certain it's a fire hazzard and other various violations.
Awesome -- I think I know just the backwoods, hellhole place.
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March 24, 2006, 09:42 AM

that sounds like fun...
I'd just take the Blue Ridge Pkwy all the way down past Roanoke. Start in Fr. Royal and head south. But make sure you pack food as resaurants are limited.

Edit: and pack a sleeping bag.


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March 24, 2006, 09:43 AM

I've done it before .. no issues. Course I had a room facing the back of the building


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that sounds like fun...
I'd just take the Blue Ridge Pkwy all the way down past Roanoke. Start in Fr. Royal and head south. But make sure you pack food as resaurants are limited.

Edit: and pack a sleeping bag.
Blue Ridge Pkwy is Skyline Drive north of Waynesboro right? Good point on the food -- didn't think about that for the ride through the park.
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March 24, 2006, 10:03 AM

yes, I believe Skyline turns into Blue Ridge Pkwy in Waynesboro.
Damn, I know there are a couple of people who could give you faster roads than that. DarkStaR6, TricknR6... where are they when you need 'em?


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Damn, I know there are a couple of people who could give you faster roads than that. DarkStaR6, TricknR6... where are they when you need 'em?
That's why on the 6th day God created the Benbumpasaurus.


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If you want I have some Fieldsheer saddlebags that can hold a good bit of gear matt. They don't get in the way and they are sporty. Let me know if you wanna borrow em man. They are REALLY easy to fit to any sport bike.


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If you want I have some Fieldsheer saddlebags that can hold a good bit of gear matt. They don't get in the way and they are sporty. Let me know if you wanna borrow em man. They are REALLY easy to fit to any sport bike.
I might take you up on that offer. I picked up a 2100 ci tail bag. I'm hoping that, along with a small tank bag, would be enough for traveling light. I'll let you know when the folks in brown deliver it.
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The HumpBenasaurus? what?


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that sounds like fun...
I'd just take the Blue Ridge Pkwy all the way down past Roanoke. Start in Fr. Royal and head south. But make sure you pack food as resaurants are limited.

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Pick up Rt 42 just west of New Market and head south. About 15 miles south of Harrisonburg you will come an intersection of Rt42,607, and 731 (Natural Chimney Rd). There are lots of good roads if you were to continue heading south and west, but make a left on Mt Solon Rd and go south towards Staunton. It will become Rt 613 (Spring Hill Rd). After 10 miles you will come to Hwy 275. Make a left and follow that. It will become Hwy 254 and go straight into Waynesboro.


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Pick up Rt 42 just west of New Market and head south. About 15 miles south of Harrisonburg you will come an intersection of Rt42,607, and 731 (Natural Chimney Rd). There are lots of good roads if you were to continue heading south and west, but make a left on Mt Solon Rd and go south towards Staunton. It will become Rt 613 (Spring Hill Rd). After 10 miles you will come to Hwy 275. Make a left and follow that. It will become Hwy 254 and go straight into Waynesboro.
Just the type of route I was looking for. Thanks Travis!
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March 24, 2006, 05:10 PM

Skyline drive is a great road and area to ride. I would definitely suggest watching your speed though. I went with a group a while ago and had an great time.

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