Favorite Blue Ridge Motorcycle Rides Closed –
January 17, 2013
Unusually warm weather and extreme rain wash out roads, bridges, and cause landslides, many favorite motorcycle rides affected;
Days of pouring rain in the Smoky Mountain region has caused severe damage, flooding, landslides, closing many favorite motorcycle roads – significant roads so far affected:
US 441 – Newfound Road which crosses Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Landslide closes road indefinately
US 19 – west of Cherokee, slide and house sized boulder in road – road closed
Blue Ridge Parkway – Slide near Soco Gap US 19 / Maggie Valley (MP 455) – road closed
Cherohala Skyway – NC 143 Slide – road closed
US 74 – Nantahala Gorge – slide, one lane closed
Many other bridges / roads washed out, heavy flooding - Still raining. Freeze coming tonight which may dislodge more rock and weaken slopes.
Current updates on Facebook page – http://Facebook.com/blueridgemotorcyclerides
Will update with assessment and suggested routing when situation stabilizes.
– Wayne Busch lives in Waynesville, NC, where he produces the most detailed and comprehensive and up-to-date motorcycle pocket maps of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains to help you get the most of your vacation experience. See them here - AmericaRidesMaps.com
Wayne is an advanced motorcycle instructor for Total Rider Tech teaching Lee Parks Total Control Advanced Rider Courses. Isn’t it time you looked into advanced rider training to ride more confidently and safely? It can transform your mountain riding experience. Total Rider Tech