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If any of you folks are planning on riding the BlueRidge Parkway in Virginia, be careful starting about mile marker 120 to about 140. They are laying chipseal down and there is LOTS of gravel all over the raod. they are supposed to be done by July 4. Last year when they did the northern part of the BlueRidge they did a great job. They put down two layers, rolled the hell out of it , then vacuumed up the excess stone. then came by and put a seal down on it and painted lines. I hope they do as good of a job as they did last year.... but be careful until they get to that point.

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I am not planning that trip but THANKS for mentioning if any of us were. That's the kind of news that Waze probably doesn't mention...
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Last time I was on there, I got on just before Cherokee NC and drove it for about 80 miles and then turned around and headed back over the mountains into Gatlinburg.


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Here in MN. they do it a lot they call it seal coating. They put down a coat of oil with pea rock over the top of it. They let it sit for a good month letting the cars drive on it and pack it in. Then they come by with a street sweeper and clean it up. Believe me drive belts don't like its the worst think you can ride on
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Here in MN. they do it a lot they call it seal coating. They put down a coat of oil with pea rock over the top of it. They let it sit for a good month letting the cars drive on it and pack it in. Then they come by with a street sweeper and clean it up. Believe me drive belts don't like its the worst think you can ride on
They dont roll it ? here is it liquid asphalt they lay down, then roll it, and repeat, then sweep it up, then seal it.

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Last time I was on there, I got on just before Cherokee NC and drove it for about 80 miles and then turned around and headed back over the mountains into Gatlinburg.
you should ride the entire Parkway.. really nice

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you should ride the entire Parkway.. really nice
Its usually my mom that goes with me and last time we made it to the intersection that has the junction to keep going on the ridge, turn left and I cant remember what was that way or turn right and get you back to Cherokee.

A even cooler drive was going out of Townsend and heading to look rock and the tower there. Cant remember where we turned off at but came back though Maryville and then back to Townsend and then wears valley.


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"Tar & Chip"! First the tar truck sprays hot tar, then they cover with "blue chip" stone and then roll. Been the standard for country roads for a looooooooooong time.

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A number of us road the BRP from Asheville to Cherokee today. They were just starting the chip/seal/gravel process on the ~20 miles westward from the west side of Asheville (Hwy 191 entrance onto the BRP). They had not put down any gravel as of today but all the signs were up and lots of workers were prepping things to begin this later in the week.

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Good to hear they are doing that NOW. They were not doing any kind of rolling or cleanup at the start of this project. We were stuck in that crap for miles north and south of Peaks of Otter last year. Supposedly the Park Service website was almost brought down with the volume of complaints.. I'm sure that is at least partially responsible for their sudden motivation to do something right..

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