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Old 04-30-2014, 04:52 PM   #21
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When in Asheville, the Biltmore estate is good for at least 1 full day. Takes about 2 hrs just to tour the house which is unbelievable as to the modern conveniences it had when built between 1889 and 1895. It has 250 rooms and 178,926 square feet with a complete bowling alley in the basement along with walk in freezers which were state of the art in 1895.
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:15 PM   #22
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Red Wolf - we're spoiled-we have a 5er 'cause we like luxury! We're meeting friend at Campfire Lodgings right outside Asheville. They love primitive in their pop up but are compromising to meet us in luxury!
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Yeah, well...when I tell my wife there still isn't any internet up there, she may have other plans as well.

*I* still think it was one of the prettiest parks I've ever camped at, so I thought I'd suggest it.
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:27 PM   #23
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Don't do what I did. I tried to be my cheap self and look for the best price for gas, Gas Buddy. We got stuck in one section, and I can not remember exactly where it was, anyway almost ran out of gas not being able to find anything close. My fault completely, but it wont happen again on the BRP. There were no major service station close and I did not want to pay the price of the little guy station. I finally did and got enough to get to the next major city. I did this also in the Grand Canyon. Refused to pay the price on the north rim and almost ran out before I found a cheap price. Started carrying 5 gallon can with us. Need it for generators any way.
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:53 PM   #24
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When in Asheville, the Biltmore estate is good for at least 1 full day. Takes about 2 hrs just to tour the house which is unbelievable as to the modern conveniences it had when built between 1889 and 1895. It has 250 rooms and 178,926 square feet with a complete bowling alley in the basement along with walk in freezers which were state of the art in 1895.

Wow! Never heard this before-but knew it was at least 1/2 day. We've wanted to see it for decades! Finally will but with a friend on crutches-not sure how she'll so...
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Don't do what I did. I tried to be my cheap self and look for the best price for gas, Gas Buddy. We got stuck in one section, and I can not remember exactly where it was, anyway almost ran out of gas not being able to find anything close. My fault completely, but it wont happen again on the BRP. There were no major service station close and I did not want to pay the price of the little guy station. I finally did and got enough to get to the next major city. I did this also in the Grand Canyon. Refused to pay the price on the north rim and almost ran out before I found a cheap price. Started carrying 5 gallon can with us. Need it for generators any way.

Thanks! We love the miles to empty feature-it's really big in our TV! Good word of warning! Type of tip we need!
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:58 PM   #26
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Yeah, well...when I tell my wife there still isn't any internet up there, she may have other plans as well.



*I* still think it was one of the prettiest parks I've ever camped at, so I thought I'd suggest it.

Lol! I go thru withdrawal when I can't access the Internet on my iPhone...can't wait to see how that goes...
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Old 05-03-2014, 09:53 AM   #27
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First lesson learned was that the Skyline Drive is where we start, at Front Royal, Va. It goes around 100 miles to Staunton, Va, then you get on the BRP! So far so good. Spent 2 nights at North Fork RV Resort thru Passport America for only $21, but second night, Friday, no PA but used Good Sam so only $30. The sites were very short, 30 foot so truck was awkwardly parked. They don't make "guests" feel welcome and the rules, signs and regulations were a bit overwhelming. We visited the Skyline Caverns - nice but Luray are so much more beautiful - and did two hikes in the Shenandoah National Park for a total of about 9 miles. First time back here and I was wiped out after first hike of 5.5. So went shorter next day!
We're off to Staunton to stay at the KOA for at least 2 nights and two more hikes. We've visited the town before, but never hiked there!
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Phew, we did it!! Worth it, but 4 hours from time on to the KOA. Glad we started early- hope to get a good hike in! Here's pics from iPhone - good camera pics later!Click image for larger version

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So did you do the Skyline Drive ??
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