Fir the last two summers (August or September) my friend and I have met up in Little Switzerland on the Blue Ridge Parkway to spend a couple of days together riding. He comes down from the Detroit area and I come up from Tampa. We ended up in the Blue Ridge/Little Switzerland area because it represented about exactly the same distance for each of us to reach a rendezvous point leaving from our respective homes.
This year we face the same time and distance constraints (typically we have about 5-6 days total including travel time), but would like to think of an alternative and it looks like going a little more westerly into the Smokey Mountains represents a possible alternative. Anyone make some recommendations of nice areas in the Smokey Mtn. area? Or some other ideas about something west of the Blue Ridge? Or anyone have some other ideas about selecting an interesting ride?