What’s more beautiful than an S-curve through an Autumn forest? The the Blue Ridge Parkway offered a seemingly unlimited number of these. I had “budgeted” 150 miles/day of progress between stays on the parkway but did not come close. With all there was to see and enjoy, my average speed of approximately 20mph didn’t produce much progress during the available daylight. As a result, I had to use more highway than desired. I didn’t find out first hand, but driving the parkway in total darkness couldn’t be that much fun.