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Eastern US in September

Hello everybody, this is my first posting for a long time and I am begging for your opinion. My plan is to do a trip from New York to Atlanta in September. The Blue Ridge Parkway will be the central part of the route.

So far so good. This is my plan:

Thrusday, September 11th

Arival in NY
by taxi to the hotel
Manhatten walking through the streets - first impressions
Empire State Building



Friday, September 12th

Forenoon
taxi to Brooklyn Hights
watching the sunrise
on foot over the Brooklyn Bridge
on foot throuht Manhatten
- City Hall
- St. Pauls Chapel
- Ground Zero, Battery Park City, World Financial Center
- Wallstreet, Trinity Church, Stock Exchange

Noon
South Street Seaport – Lunch and strolling aroung (pier 17?)

Afternoon
Taxi to Grand Army Plaza,
Central Park South
Central Park
Broadway
TimeSquare



Saturday, September 13th
Forenoon
Museum tbd
Grand Central Terminal
Central Park

Sunday, September 14th
Bronx
getting the bike
on the road part 1

Route and destination open/tbd



Monday, September 15th
to Front Royal
driving
finding a hotel
strolling through the downtown



Tuesday, September 16th
Front Royal – Waynesboro 212 km/132 mil
Skyline Drive
Skyline caverns Welcome to Skyline Caverns (only if there is plenty of time)




Wednesday, September 17th
Waynesboro – Roanoke 205 km/128 mil
Blue Ridge Parkway



Thrusday, September 18th
Roanoke – Blowing Rock 284 km/177 mil
Blue Ridge Parkway


Friday, September 19th
Blowing Rock – Little Switzerland - Asheville /92 mil
Blue Ridge Parkway
Wheels Through Time Museum
62 Vintage Lane
Maggie Valley, North Carolina 28751
Open: March 27-November 30
Thursday-Monday — 9a.m.-5p.m.
(Closed Tues & Wed)
Wheels Through Time | The Museum That Runs



Saturday, September 20th
Asheville – Cherokee
with a detour on 276
Blue Ridge Parkway
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
https://www.cherokeemuseum.org/


Sunday, September 21th
Cherokee – Tail of the Dragon – Smoky Mountains


Monday, September 22th
Smoky Mountains - Gainesville

Tuesday, September 23th
buffer

Wednesday, September 24th
Gainesville – Atlanta
return the bike

Thuesday, September 25th
Atlanta

Friday, September 26th
Antlanta and flight back to Europe



The days on the road are more or less a rough guess since I do not know at which mile posts I will stop and which sights I will watch.

What do you think, does my plan make sense?

Are there other companies besides Eaglerider that offers one-way rents from NY to Atlanta? The offer from Eaglerider seems to be realy OK but I allways like to have a second offer.

And last but not least could you recommend a hotel in Manhatten?

Thanks in advance.
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Welcome to the U.S.

Skyline drive is very scenic and that time of year the weather is (should be) perfect for moto touring. Wife and I just did Skyline Drive in May, but did more miles that day than you are planning. D.C. to Front Royal to Waynesboro to hotel in Danville. Many scenic backroads to get from Waynesboro to Danville. Stayed at Marriott Courtyard, Danville.

For lunch on Skyline Drive I recommend the Big Meadows Wayside, about mile marker 52. Cheap enough, but can get busy at lunch time. Two options, eat-in or take with. Eat-in was quicker service.

Enjoy, and abide by the posted speed limit. They ARE out there and watching you!
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Also, be very careful around the curves on both BRP and Skyline Drive. We routinely came around a curve only to find a car STOPPED dead in the road to watch some wildlife up in the hills off the road. Once you're stopped, watch out for the traffic behind you. They will be surprised also, if they are paying attention!
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I did not read all your post. The problem with doing all of Skyline is the speed limit. 35- 45 - MPH and they do enforce it. But the weather is really good in September so ride as much as you can stand. Dave
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I did not read all your post. The problem with doing all of Skyline is the speed limit. 35- 45 - MPH and they do enforce it. But the weather is really good in September so ride as much as you can stand. If you get bored the Atlantic coast is special. Dave
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