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Appalachian Music Trails: Destinations in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Music stage at Floyd General Store, Floyd, VA

Music is an easy way to celebrate Appalachian culture. All American music can be traced to Appalachia. That’s where the cultural blend of European and African musical and rhythmic forms came together. Everything from jazz, old-time country music and Dixieland, to Cajun, soul, R&B, and rock ‘n’ roll, is a product of Appalachia’s cultural fusion. …

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Leaf Peeping and More in the Smoky Mountains

Dome at Stone Mountain State Park

With a fabulous forecast in the region this week and weekend, I’m headed to the Smoky Mountains! Nothing like fresh air, beautiful scenery—hopefully some local apples—to invigorate the soul! If you headed to the Smokies and are interested in camping at the beautiful KOA in Cherokee, North Carolina, good news: I called …

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Cherokee and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cherokee public art bear

I created this free guide to planning a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Just click the link below. No registration required.   As I ascended the foothills toward Cherokee and the Smoky Mountains on my motorcycle, a refreshing breeze of magnolia and jasmine wafted through my visor. It was a …

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The Blue Ridge Parkway: America’s Favorite Drive

Tamela Rich's motorcycle on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Quick! Of all the sites administered by the US National Park System, which one is the most visited? The Grand Canyon? Yosemite? Yellowstone? No, think east, not west, dear Reader. The correct answer? The Blue Ridge Parkway, a two-lane ribbon of road connecting North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains and Virginia’s …

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Announcing my 2012 Road Trip Itinerary

Same pink bra, but a different mission As I set out on this year’s road trip, I’ll be raising consciousness instead of funds. Here’s how my decision unfolded. Earlier this year, as I began touring with my book and preparing for my annual road trip, I decided to scratch the mental …

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