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Today I leave and go on a trip up the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Skyline Drive.  This will be the first road trip for my trusty new steed.

 

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I'll be posting lots of pictures here from my 2 day trek up one of America's most scenic roads.

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Today I leave and go on a trip up the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Skyline Drive.  This will be the first road trip for my trusty new steed.

 

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I'll be posting lots of pictures here from my 2 day trek up one of America's most scenic roads.

 

Blue Ridge Parkway and the Shanendoah area has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. You're in for a treat. Make sure to take a walk along the Appalachian Trail for a while if you have the chance.

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That's right near where I live, Charlottesville, and I try to go walking there semi regularly. I'd take Hurlshot up in his advice.

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Entering the parkway, complete with straw hat and Hawaiian shirt, naturally.

 

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It rained lightly on and off all day today.  The silver lining to that is getting to see some sweet rainbows.

 

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Fantastic vistas, Keyrock! Thank you for sharing! I wish I had that kind of car. I'm just an eco-friendly VW biogas type, station wagon and family and pet friendly.

 

And I dig your looks. Definitely getting Magnum vibes.

 

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Some awesome vistas there, quite envious!

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Unfortunately, I highly underestimated how long it would take me to traverse the Blue Ridge, largely due to the sheer overwhelming amount of amazing vistas to stop at.  Plus, a flat tire further set me back.  Hence, I wound up coming up well short of reaching Shenandoah.  Tomorrow I drive back home via interstate.  Still, it was a great trip and I got a ton more pictures to share.  I'll drive up to Shenandoah another time and I'll do the entire Blue Ridge and Skyline Drive trek around this time next year when I can set aside a good 5 or 6 days so that I can take my time and easily make the whole trip.

 

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In addition to being breathtakingly beautiful (the pictures don't do it justice), the Blue Ridge is also a super fun road to drive, especially if you own a vehicle with sporty handling.

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Wonderful pictures from a pristine landscape with undulating forests! Fantastic stuff!!

For some reason, it makes me think of the first European settlers arriving to America. They must have been awestruck by it all - the varieties of terrain, huge expanses of it, seemingly up for grabs (This assumption fuelled by them usually regarding native Americans as savages, almost a mere part of the wild fauna, either infantile/peaceful or territorial/ferocious). Heck, even large parts of Europe looked like this around the time of Christ. Nowadays, there are entire countries in Europe that never gets to experience nature like this - think of the crowded Netherlands, for instance. 

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Keyrock, ur making me home sick lol. Very beautiful mountains, I miss them

Where are you currently, if you don't mind me asking?

 

 

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Very beautiful pictures. I'm about 4-5ish hours away near Winston Salem. lol I'm not that far, just don't have the gas money to just go drive

You're not that much further from the mountains than I am.  I live in The Queen City.

 

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I saved my 2 favorite pictures I took for last.  The godrays streaming through the cloud cover looked even more amazing in person.

 

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I can imagine European colonists seeing something like that and having a Manifest Destiny moment: God is clearly telling me it's my right to rape the natives and take their land by force.

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Autumn has always been my favourite season, that last burst of colour before the coming of the dark, go not quietly into that goodnight as Thomas would say.

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Quite an experience to live in misery isn't it? That's what it is to be married with children.

I've seen things you people can't even imagine. Pearly Kings glittering on the Elephant and Castle, Morris Men dancing 'til the last light of midsummer. I watched Druid fires burning in the ruins of Stonehenge, and Yorkshiremen gurning for prizes. All these things will be lost in time, like alopecia on a skinhead. Time for tiffin.

 

Tea for the teapot!

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