Blue Ridge Parkway BMW Motorcycle Adventure Travel Pictures
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Blue Ridge Parkway BMW Motorcycle Adventure Travel Pictures

The beauty of The Blue Ridge Parkway lies in the fact that it was never designed to be a means of efficient travel between any two points. At 469 miles in length it is America’s longest linear park. Its very design dictated that large population centers were to be avoided. If your goal is to go north or south from point A to point B as quickly as possible this is not the road to take. In fact you would be going far out of your way if you chose this road to do so. There are no interchanges with any interstate highway and it is off limits to commercial vehicles. 168 bridges, six viaducts and 26 tunnels are encountered along its length. In terms of overall distance, scenic beauty and the motorcycle riding experience it is one of the finest two wheel byways anywhere…certainly the finest in the eastern United States.

-Excerpt from "Road Work: Images and Insights of a Modern Day Explorer"

The excerpt above is from my Amazon #1 best selling road travel book which is available in paperback and Kindle versions on Amazon as well as on Apple Books; and the image you are viewing, taken on The Blue Ridge Parkway, was captured using a Nikon mirrorless camera and a Nikkor zoom lens which I carry everywhere in the top case of my BMW motorcycle. The digital image was processed in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop software on my Apple MacBook Pro laptop computer, which also travels everywhere with me. As a photographer, author, writer and adventurer I am blessed to travel the United States and Canada in the saddle of my motorcycle. My photographic images have graced the pages of many magazines and online resources in the photographic, motorcycle, motorsports, travel and hospitality industries. The images you see here on my web site are just a small sample of my stock photography library (all of which is available for sale or lease) and I am available to discuss and undertake any creative project assignment that you may have in mind. I rode the Blue Ridge Parkway for the very first time way back in 1997 on my Harley-Davidson Electra Glide motorcycle. At that early time In my motorcycle touring life I considered the adventure to be "The Ride of My Life". For some inexplicable reason it took me 22 years to return to this legendary two-wheel byway. This photograph was taken in a scenic overlook somewhere south of Rockfish Gap, Virginia on a pass down the BRP in 2019. It was part of a road trip that took me south out of my home state of New York through New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia before I headed home to Long Island again. I last returned to the Blue Ridge Parkway in early spring 2021 on yet another extended motorcycle journey that took me through the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. With all three trips on the BRP counted in I have now ridden every single one of the 469 miles of its length.