Newfoundland to Deals Gap... in Octobrrrrrrrrrr

Discussion in 'Ride Reports & Photos' started by Jim C-G, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    I had a hard drive fail so a lot of the first 6 days on the road is off having some tech mystics trying to scrape the data off it. Luckily had a second drive and saved most everything from the Skyline Drive on including the Dragon and Saturday of the Blue Ridge Gathering. Here's a start at editing the whole thing.
     
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  2. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    Looking good Jim. I also invested in the Park Pass expecting it to pay off next year in some fashion. We discovered on our trip that the Great Smokey Mountains NP has free entry. I think the ranger said it was the only one in the USA.
     
  3. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    It seems that Tennessee made a deal when the interstate or other major highway went through one of their passes that there would never be a toll on this federal highway and thus there is no park fee. Yup, 0nly one. I'm definitely going to spent around a week in this area +/- 500 km radius lol, next summer. Making a long list of "tourist" traps i.e. Grand Canyon and bike destinations like Bear Tooth Pass and the Million Dollar Highway. Going to be one jagged 4 corners.
     
  4. JMP

    JMP Member

    Looks like a good ride, thanks for sharing
     
  5. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    So the way it historically works with Federal Highways, the Feds pay 80% of the construction costs, and the State has to make up the 20% difference. Each State figures out how to finance their share differently. Some States resort to tolls, some use gasoline taxes, some use vehicle license & title fees, and some their general fund. The National Park Service is a totally different entity. On our recent trip TonisToo and I were charged an entry fee on the short Skyline Drive, but not on the much longer Blue Ridge Parkway. I suspect that the real reason for where fees are collected is dictated by the logistics of collecting them. With the dozens of entries and exits on the BRP, it would probably cost more to staff each entry than the collected fees would cover. In the case of Smoky Mountains NP, I suspect the traffic back-ups resulting from fee stations would be a nightmare on that heavily trafficked stretch of road. One relatively recent change in the National Park system is the requirement that each Park now generate sufficient revenues to be able to support itself. As a result, entry and lodging (camping) fees have increased exponentially. An annual Parks Pass is now a “no brainer” for anyone that plans to visit more than a couple parks in a year. And each Park hates it when you present an annual pass, because they now have to share that pass’ cost with every other Park you visit that year.

    I hope I haven’t put anyone to sleep...
     
  6. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    Nope lol... that all makes sense. So much planning, but that loose kind of non-planning that I am starting to do.
     
  7. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    Well just keep in mind that when your travels take you through Northern Wisconsin, we have the famous Delta Diner to meet at for breakfast, and some pretty nifty roads to investigate in the area as well.
    Just ask TonisToo and Ross Kean! ;)
     
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  8. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    Making a longer and longer list of places to visit... and ride to or thru.
     

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