Thanks NealC - local insight like this is really helpful. I'd thought about the Blue Ridge, but the pace of it was a deterrent... but as you say, to relax and enjoy the scenery - so that I can at least say I've ridden some of it - may make it worthwhile!
Whether this trip happens in 8-9 weeks as I'd originally hoped, or has to be delayed for a future date, I'm getting good info so thanks to all who have contributed so far
Current Ride - 2015 FJR A
Previous Rides- Triumph Tbird 1600, Honda Shadow 750