Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog How To Articles Tech Forums
Call Pelican Parts at 888-280-7799
Shopping Cart Cart | Project List | Order Status | Help




Go Back   PeachParts Mercedes-Benz Forum > General Discussions > Off-Topic Discussion

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-18-2009, 09:55 PM
LUVMBDiesels's Avatar
Dead on balls accurate...
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Red Lion,Pa
Posts: 2,207
You have to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway in Va

The Blue Ridge Parkway in Western Virginia is a total hoot to drive. The vistas are incredible and the road is well paved and smooth. The only drawbacks are the 45mph speed limit and the fact that it is one narrow lane each way. Of course the road is challenging and the views are so nice that you do not mind slowing down. We dia bout 70 miles on it around the Floyd area and it was very nice. Make sure to stop at the Chateau Morrisette for lunch and to pick up a case or two of their incredible wines.

We also drove back to Salem, Va on Twelve 'O Clock Knob Road going through and over the mountains. That road was a total joy! reverse camber curves double and triple curves going up and down the mountains. I had the suspension in the Suburban (yes I had the truck) WORKING as I went from left to right and back again. I just wish I had the BMW or John's 560 SEL for that road as I could have really carved up the mountain. As it was I had fun and got a good workout!

I love the south western part of Virginia!

Heck , we even got to take the big 'Burban off pavement as we churned up some of the dirt , and I mean dirt, not gravel, roads in the area

All I can say is YEE HAW!
__________________
"I have no convictions ... I blow with the wind, and the prevailing wind happens to be from Vichy"

Current
Monika '74 450 SL
BrownHilda '79 280SL
FoxyCleopatra '99 Chevy Suburban
Scarlett 2014 Jeep Cherokee
Krystal 2004 Volvo S60
Gone
'74 Jeep CJ5
'97 Jeep ZJ Laredo
Rudolf 86 300SDL
Bruno '81 300SD
Fritzi '84 BMW
'92 Subaru
'96 Impala SS
'71 Buick GS conv
'67 GTO conv
'63 Corvair conv
'57 Nomad
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 05-18-2009, 10:50 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 2,292
Floyd County is one of my favorite places. I lived there many moons ago. I commuted to Roanoke on the Parkway in my 1973 MGB. They enforce that 45 mph speed limit, so I racked up a bunch of points on my driving record, but it was still a sweet commute. During the summer months I would leave the hot, sticky Roanoke Valley which is about 900 feet above sea level. My house was at about 2,400 feet. About half way up, it felt like someone turned on the air conditioning.

What a great place.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-18-2009, 11:29 PM
420benz's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 961
Quote:
Originally Posted by LUVMBDiesels View Post
The Blue Ridge Parkway in Western Virginia is a total hoot to drive. The vistas are incredible and the road is well paved and smooth. The only drawbacks are the 45mph speed limit and the fact that it is one narrow lane each way. Of course the road is challenging and the views are so nice that you do not mind slowing down. We dia bout 70 miles on it around the Floyd area and it was very nice. Make sure to stop at the Chateau Morrisette for lunch and to pick up a case or two of their incredible wines.

We also drove back to Salem, Va on Twelve 'O Clock Knob Road going through and over the mountains. That road was a total joy! reverse camber curves double and triple curves going up and down the mountains. I had the suspension in the Suburban (yes I had the truck) WORKING as I went from left to right and back again. I just wish I had the BMW or John's 560 SEL for that road as I could have really carved up the mountain. As it was I had fun and got a good workout!

I love the south western part of Virginia!

Heck , we even got to take the big 'Burban off pavement as we churned up some of the dirt , and I mean dirt, not gravel, roads in the area

All I can say is YEE HAW!
My wife and i drive from Ga. to Nj about two or three times a year.My GPS takes us on 77 then on to 81. Where is the Chateau Morrisette,it sounds interesting?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-19-2009, 02:26 AM
mzsmbs's Avatar
just out there!
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: just out there!
Posts: 2,192
BRP Milepost 171.5
__________________
72 W114/M130

RedMeat cartoon
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-19-2009, 10:30 AM
dannym's Avatar
I'm not here
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Deltona, Florida
Posts: 2,360
I drove from Charlotte to DC last Friday and thought about detouring to do that drive.
I decided not to. I didn't want to add another 3 or so hours to an already 7 hour trip.
One day I would like to do that though.

Danny
__________________
1984 300SD Turbo Diesel 150,000 miles

OBK member #23

(\__/)
(='.'=) This is Bunny. Copy and paste bunny into your
(")_(") signature to help him gain world domination
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-19-2009, 10:51 AM
Dee8go's Avatar
Senor User
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Arlington, VA
Posts: 7,190
I can't take more than 10-15 miles of that at a time, in spite of how beautiful the scenery is. It usually lulls me to sleep.
__________________
" The market, like the Lord, helps those who help themselves. But, unlike the Lord, the market does not forgive those who know not what they do."- Warren Buffett

OBK #55

1998 Lincoln Continental - Sold
Max 1984 300TD 285,000 miles - Sold
The Dee8gonator 1987 560SEC 196,000 miles - Sold
Orgasmatron - 2006 CLS500 90,000 miles
2002 C320 Wagon 122,000 miles
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-19-2009, 07:03 PM
mzsmbs's Avatar
just out there!
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: just out there!
Posts: 2,192
Quote:
It usually lulls me to sleep.
..

curvy mountain roads do the exact opposite to me.. it's the straight roads that are booooooooooooring.
__________________
72 W114/M130

RedMeat cartoon
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 05-19-2009, 07:29 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Texafornia
Posts: 5,493
Dont get a ticket though, I hear the minimum in Va is $1000.00 for moving violation.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 05-21-2009, 08:16 AM
Dee8go's Avatar
Senor User
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Arlington, VA
Posts: 7,190
Quote:
Originally Posted by panZZer View Post
Dont get a ticket though, I hear the minimum in Va is $1000.00 for moving violation.
I don't think it's quite THAT bad, but they are pretty brutal here with the fines. Virginia comsiders fines for traffic viol;ations the same way the District looks at parking violations, a major source of revenue.
__________________
" The market, like the Lord, helps those who help themselves. But, unlike the Lord, the market does not forgive those who know not what they do."- Warren Buffett

OBK #55

1998 Lincoln Continental - Sold
Max 1984 300TD 285,000 miles - Sold
The Dee8gonator 1987 560SEC 196,000 miles - Sold
Orgasmatron - 2006 CLS500 90,000 miles
2002 C320 Wagon 122,000 miles
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 05-21-2009, 08:35 AM
JimFreeh's Avatar
Benz addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
Posts: 3,334
We drove the skyline drive (northmost leg of the blue ridge) last fall in the 560SEL. Stayed in a log cabin for the weekend, drove up the mountain each day.

Jim
__________________
14 E250 BlueTEC black
94 E320 Cabriolet Emerald green
85 300TD 4 spd manual dark blue
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 05-21-2009, 08:38 AM
LUVMBDiesels's Avatar
Dead on balls accurate...
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Red Lion,Pa
Posts: 2,207
Quote:
Originally Posted by mzsmbs View Post
BRP Milepost 171.5
The Chateau should be a point of interest in your GPS. It was in my Nuvi260.
If not, punch in 287 Winery Road in Floyd, Va. That should take you right there. A word of caution, though, if the GPS tries to take you on the local roads and not the BRP be prepared for dirt and gravel surfaces not a place for an SL

Their website is http://www.thedogs.com/

It is well worth the $50 to join their 'Kennel Club' I saved more than that with the 20% discount they gave me. You also get the discount on online purchases and when they have one of their open houses, you get 30% off!
__________________
"I have no convictions ... I blow with the wind, and the prevailing wind happens to be from Vichy"

Current
Monika '74 450 SL
BrownHilda '79 280SL
FoxyCleopatra '99 Chevy Suburban
Scarlett 2014 Jeep Cherokee
Krystal 2004 Volvo S60
Gone
'74 Jeep CJ5
'97 Jeep ZJ Laredo
Rudolf 86 300SDL
Bruno '81 300SD
Fritzi '84 BMW
'92 Subaru
'96 Impala SS
'71 Buick GS conv
'67 GTO conv
'63 Corvair conv
'57 Nomad
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 05-21-2009, 08:45 AM
LUVMBDiesels's Avatar
Dead on balls accurate...
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Red Lion,Pa
Posts: 2,207
Quote:
Originally Posted by dculkin View Post
Floyd County is one of my favorite places. I lived there many moons ago. I commuted to Roanoke on the Parkway in my 1973 MGB. They enforce that 45 mph speed limit, so I racked up a bunch of points on my driving record, but it was still a sweet commute. During the summer months I would leave the hot, sticky Roanoke Valley which is about 900 feet above sea level. My house was at about 2,400 feet. About half way up, it felt like someone turned on the air conditioning.

What a great place.
It really a great place. My in-laws moved over there a few years ago from even further out in the country. SW Virginia is a wonderful area. The temp difference as you go up is quite something. According to the display in the truck it went down 15 degrees from Salem to the winery!

Did you ever do the 12 o'clock knob road run... I bet that would have been a blast in a 'B'! In the Suburban it was challenging but damn fun!
The MBCA local should get them to close that road one day and run a rally up there
__________________
"I have no convictions ... I blow with the wind, and the prevailing wind happens to be from Vichy"

Current
Monika '74 450 SL
BrownHilda '79 280SL
FoxyCleopatra '99 Chevy Suburban
Scarlett 2014 Jeep Cherokee
Krystal 2004 Volvo S60
Gone
'74 Jeep CJ5
'97 Jeep ZJ Laredo
Rudolf 86 300SDL
Bruno '81 300SD
Fritzi '84 BMW
'92 Subaru
'96 Impala SS
'71 Buick GS conv
'67 GTO conv
'63 Corvair conv
'57 Nomad
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 05-21-2009, 07:03 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 2,292
Quote:
Originally Posted by LUVMBDiesels View Post
...Did you ever do the 12 o'clock knob road run... I bet that would have been a blast in a 'B'! In the Suburban it was challenging but damn fun!...
I'm sure I did, but I can't say I remember which one it was. I was just looking at it on Mapquest. The southern end of 12 O'Clock Knob Road ends at Route 221, which is the road I used when the BR Parkway was closed for snow/ice, so I'm sure I have been on it.

Another great place to drive, at least back in the 1980s, was in the Catawba Valley on west side of I-81. Lots of nooks and crannies back there.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 05-21-2009, 11:06 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 2,292
Quote:
Originally Posted by LUVMBDiesels View Post
...I bet that would have been a blast in a 'B'!...
Just about anywhere you go in SW Virginia is a blast in a B, but I just noticed the '74 CJ5 in your signature. Lots of opportunities for one of those down there as well.

I'm feeling the need for a road trip.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 05-21-2009, 11:31 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 101
That 45 mph speed limit probably saved my life more than a few times, camping down the BRP after the Deer Creek and RFK shows, heading to Charlotte after the four day break in Spring Tour.



Swede--where yat? You are probably the only one here that knows what I am talking about

Prettier in NC though, IMO. Although I am an AVID hunter, I resolved never to take a bear while sitting on an overlook at 3 am with a spotlight (when the first 1M candlepower ones came out and they were still novelties) near looking glass falls in 1990 or so, looking down into a valley at a black bear sow with three cubs going about their business. At that moment in time and still very vividly in my memory, they just struck me as too close to humans in their mannerisms that I had no desire to kill one.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:48 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Peach Parts or Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page