Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Blue Ridge Parkway & Tail of the Dragon

5/16/15 – 5/24/15

9 days, 8 states, 2,100 miles

Day 1  Chicago - Wooster OH  (375 miles)

Day 2  Wooster OH - Moundsville WV  (125 miles)

Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold

Originally intended in 1972 to be a residence for A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896–1977), the Founder/Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, the plans evolved after Prabhupada's death in November 1977 for an ornate palace of marble, gold and carved teak wood, which was dedicated as a memorial shrine on September 2, 1979.  Kirtanananda Swami (the leader of the New Vrindaban Community) and Bhagavatananda das (the community's principal architect and sculptor) were the two primary forces behind its design and construction.

Day 3  Moundsville WV - Front Royal VA  (230 miles)

Day 4  Front Royal VA - Roanoke VA  (235 miles)

Skyline Drive is a 105-mile road that runs the entire length of the National Park Service's Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, generally along the ridge of the mountains.   The road becomes Blue Ridge Parkway after crossing US 64 at Swannanoa and continues for another 470 miles.

Day 5  Roanoke VA - Asheville NC  (265 mikes)

Day 6  Asheville NC - Townsend TN  (180 miles)

Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap with 318 curves in 11 miles is America’s number one motorcycle and sports car road. 

Tree of Shame

Day 7  Townsend TN - Georgetown KY  (260 miles)

Day 8  Georgetown KY - Logansport IN  (250 miles)

Dentzel Carousel in Logansport IN is one of three fully restored carousels built by Gustav Dentzel in the late 19th century.

Day 9  Logansport IN – Chicago  (175 miles)

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