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80 - Rocks. Lots of fun. Tough but fun. Speed limit: 55 I think. Holy **** if you can run that speed.
The Blue Ridge Parkway - Section from 80 to Little Switzerland is awesome. Very fun. Speed limit 45 here and its pretty damn good right around that speed. Obv, you know what i mean.
The Diamondback - Speed limit 35. 226-226A. It is not that much fun if you want to push it. This road has great pavement, maybe 1-2 years old and very very smooth. However the road is seriously narrow. There is almost no shoulder on either side and you only have a few inches on either side of your car between the yellow and white lines. Oh right if you go off the outside on the way down its all trees and cliff side drop off. A mess up here = death. I did not enjoy it that much but if you like a very technical road with sharp hard turns this is for you.
The Diamondback is a split decision so far. Some like it some don't. Its personal preference depending on the type of road you like. Its in great shape so don't miss it if you have the chance to drive it. We had a clean run up and down. I would call it an unbanked Dragon but I think rt80 is more fun overall. Hopefully Ill get a couple pics up tomorrow AM.
So we drove some roads north of Burnsville today. We took 197 from 19 to 226 and we were trying to reach Roan Mountain. However at the end of Hughes Gap Road there is a 1/2 mile unpaved dirt road that connects to Cove Creek road that we needed to take to get to Roan on the planned route. This was on the maps we have but the unpaved section is so small you could not really see it on the map and we missed it and promptly bounced off the pavement into the dirt with a "holyshitwhatwasthatohcrapitsdirt!"
So it is definiltey not recommended that anyone run Hughes Gap Road or try to connect to Cove Creek Road. It is also a heavily populated area with a lot of houses.
The change of plans:
We back tracked to Fork Mountain Road and cut up to Roan and then over to Boon. We ate at Mellow Mushroom in Boon right by Appalachian State University and headed back the easiest way on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Beech Mountain Road was worth driving. The rest, eh not so much but again this is an exploratory trip to check out a new area and a lot of new roads.
Top of Roan Mountain after we finally got there.... holy hell that dirt road was not fun to find....
There used to be a hotel on top of the mountain but we met a local and despite the information sign saying it was "taken down", it was explained to us that over the winter when the hotel was vacant, locals raided the place for wood to build/heat their homes. Just about 100 years ago. This is also a place where the appalachian trail crosses over the mountain. All thats left is this field and small pieces of foundation.....
Rt74 was very nice but kind of slow due to several tourist areas and the speed limit dropping to 20. Once outside of them with the limit back to 45 there were some good sections. The best part is Rt9 North from BatCave to Black Mountain. Excellent road with a 55mph limit. Definitely worth doing. A couple long straights that you can really open it up on.