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This past weekend I decided it was time for a drive in the NC mountains. It was a 400 mile round trip that was a chance for the beast to stretch its legs. I didn't push it real hard because family was along and managed to average 24mpg!

Attached are pics of the rhodedendrons in bloom, Linville Falls, some nice shots of the beast, and Mt Mitchell (highest point in the east at 6684 ft).
 

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Nice pix's of the mountains and your M5!!! I should also plan a ride on the Virginia portion of the Skyline Drive too.

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Beautiful pictures, Richard. Haven't been out that way since when I grew up in Maryland. I remember as a kid going to top of Mt Mitchell and thinking it was that coolest thing that you could actually stand in a cloud (and I haven't left the clouds since :7: ).

Now when I lived in Chapel Hill/Durham for 7 years, we never took road trips--probably because of that ancient VW we owned--it barely made it around town!!

Nice gas mileage too!!

Anita
 

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Richard, drives like that are the raison d'etre for the M5 :thumbsup:

400 miles with no purpose other than enjoying a superbly potent yet comfortable machine, beautiful roads/scenery, and having your family along to share it all with you...it does not get much better than that!


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Seeing your pictures brings back the same goosebumps I got the first time I drove the Blue Ridge Parkway. Man, what a road... Thanks!
 

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That does make me home sick.
I've been thru the Va. section many times when I lived there, even hiked and camped it.
Looking at those pictures I cans see why you had 24mpg.
I'd want to take it in slow.

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Richard,
Thanks for sharing- that is a fantastic drive. :M5launch:
 

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Superb pics of the M5 and the scenery. Living in the flatlands of south western Ontario, such a beautiful landscape is something we dearly miss.
 

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Nice post and great pictures!
Unfortunately, one of the great temptations is drive fast on the BRP. The road is a wonderful challenge, but you'll miss a whole lot, since there are beautiful flowers and view everywhere. This was probably a good trip to have the family along to keep you in check!

If you get another chance, I highly recommend the more northern section between the VA/NC line just south of Low Gap, on to Skyline Parkway. It's not as high, but its equally beautiful!

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Hey Richard,

Let me know next time you head that way.... There are many great roads in that area besides the DRAGON which is just to twisty for my tastes... Staples for our trip include thunder mountain state park (my personal favoriate). The little dragon, little switzerland, Cesar's Head (SC), and many more... There is awesome place called rainbow falls that you park on the side of the road and hike too a few miles from linnville falls thats ever more amazing.... and very uknown... There is a book called "Waterfalls of NC" that show you where all the hidden gems are... Also if you can find a copy there is a book called "Extreme Twisties" that rates all the mountain roads. Its hard to find but they sell it at the little gas station at the NC side of the dragon.....


Thats me waiving at the upper right of the picture... Amazing Place.... 180FT Vertical Drop

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Here's another: Bust your butt falls....

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One final... Left to Right: Nathan Wong, Bill Koff, Sean Smith

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Richard,

Beautiful pics. I thought the speed limit on the Parkway is 45 MPH. I'd love to drive the entire length of the Parkway, from Shanondoh down to Tennessee border once. Hopefully in the spring time some time soon.

It's an amazing route. Unfortunately, I would not be driving an M5.

CP
 

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Richard,

Beautiful pics. I thought the speed limit on the Parkway is 45 MPH. I'd love to drive the entire length of the Parkway, from Shanondoh down to Tennessee border once. Hopefully in the spring time some time soon.

It's an amazing route. Unfortunately, I would not be driving an M5.

CP

Blue Ridge Parkway is not a place to speed but still fun.. The surrounding roads liek the Dragon (318 Turns in 11 miles) and places like Thunderroad state park are great... The dragon is the only road I know of where the posted speed limit is a dare....

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Sean;
I have the Waterfalls of NC book. I would love to have the time to find all the good ones. I've been on route 64 (another great road) several times to tour those waterfalls.
 
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