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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Zonkelmonk on September 06, 2008, 05:50:28 pm

Title: Riding the Dragon's Tail
Post by: Zonkelmonk on September 06, 2008, 05:50:28 pm
The 1st to the 3rd of September I decided to go and check out the Tail of the Dragon (N35 28.426 W83 55.250) (http://www.tailofthedragon.com) at Deal's Gap in North Carolina and Tennessee.

My opinion is that although that it was good, if you did the eastern Transvaal roads, you would not be so much impressed with the Dragon. I was kind of disappointed as the speed is 35 miles/hour and although you can take it up to 40, it is very slow and you don't really enjoy the curves. Also, it is very busy with bikers and some cars. This makes it very dangerous. But I did enjoy the scenery and the road is beautiful.

I also went on the Blue Ridge parkway (http://www.blueridgeparkway.org) and WOW! It is like riding through a fairy world of beautiful trees and the quit peaceful feeling is just amazing.

So, here goes with a few pictures.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn316/Zonkelnut/DSC00025-1.jpg)
(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn316/Zonkelnut/DSC00026.jpg)
(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn316/Zonkelnut/DSC00027.jpg)

The tree of shame.
(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn316/Zonkelnut/DSC00028-1.jpg)

Pitstop (N35 30.229 W83 58.576)

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn316/Zonkelnut/DSC00036-1.jpg)

Blue Ridge Parkway (N35 45.343 W82 11.029)

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn316/Zonkelnut/DSC00073.jpg)
(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn316/Zonkelnut/DSC00037.jpg)
(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn316/Zonkelnut/DSC00076-1.jpg)
(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn316/Zonkelnut/DSC00091-1.jpg)
(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn316/Zonkelnut/DSC00152.jpg)
(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn316/Zonkelnut/DSC00162.jpg)
(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn316/Zonkelnut/DSC00168.jpg)
(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn316/Zonkelnut/DSC00182.jpg)

A place called Little Switzerland (N35 50.862 W82 05.555)

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn316/Zonkelnut/DSC00195.jpg)

some funny places close to Maggie Valley. (N35 31.087 W83 05.994)

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn316/Zonkelnut/DSC00039-1.jpg)
(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn316/Zonkelnut/DSC00046.jpg)
(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn316/Zonkelnut/DSC00048.jpg)

A river in the Smokey Mountains. (N35 39.988 W83 36.103)

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn316/Zonkelnut/DSC00049.jpg)
(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn316/Zonkelnut/DSC00051-2.jpg)

Title: Re: Riding the Dragon's Tail
Post by: Welsh on September 06, 2008, 06:52:55 pm
Howzit Bru, understood, great report anyway....

Will send you a report soon, was supposed to be in Tennessee last month but got cancelled now due in AUGUST next year...

Welsh ::) ::)
Title: Re: Riding the Dragon's Tail
Post by: Zonkelmonk on September 06, 2008, 07:21:16 pm
Yo Welsh. Let me know when. I am planning a cross country trip late Spetember or early August. O sorry, u said next year.
Title: Re: Riding the Dragon's Tail
Post by: JourneyMan on September 06, 2008, 07:23:34 pm
Great pics D.

Nice and green there!

Good to hear from you. 8)

Title: Re: Riding the Dragon's Tail
Post by: Mark Hardy on September 06, 2008, 07:24:17 pm
That road though Blue Ridge Park, I see what you mean.
Title: Re: Riding the Dragon's Tail
Post by: Zonkelmonk on September 06, 2008, 07:35:46 pm
I can not explain how beautiful it is. It goes slow but then it gives you time to look around and take in the stuff. I did not complete the Blue Ridge Parkway as it is over 300 miles and at 45miles/hour, it would take long. But what I saw and the old towns on the route are worth every bit. I got of at Boone (N36 13.109 W81 39.600).

Don't get me wrong, the Dragon is very good riding but with so many cops without donuts to eat, I only managed to scrape the right footpeg once  :D. While there, a cop was chasing, and loosing, a blue super bike. I think it was a Suzuki GSR. No way he would catch him so he let go after a while. Lots of Harley's. amazing vibe but I think they are making it more than what it is.

I have taken very little photos as I found it hard to stop when on the go. But I know there are some riders on this forum that would have eaten that road for breakfast. Not just talking about Leo  ;).

Title: Re: Riding the Dragon's Tail
Post by: Zonkelmonk on September 06, 2008, 07:49:46 pm
(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn316/Zonkelnut/dragon.jpg)
Title: Re: Riding the Dragon's Tail
Post by: Mark Hardy on September 06, 2008, 07:52:03 pm
I can not explain how beautiful it is. It goes slow but then it gives you time to look around and take in the stuff.

 :thumleft:

could not agree more.
Title: Re: Riding the Dragon's Tail
Post by: Trailrider on September 07, 2008, 09:33:10 am
Nice pics ;D
Title: Re: Riding the Dragon's Tail
Post by: Goose on September 07, 2008, 09:46:06 am
Lekker - thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Riding the Dragon's Tail
Post by: tok-tokkie on September 07, 2008, 09:52:20 am
Thanks for that.  I have heard lots about it on a US roadbike site I frequent.  Nice to have it put in perspective because the way they write about it one is led to believe it is absolutely exceptional.
Title: Re: Riding the Dragon's Tail
Post by: BigEd on September 07, 2008, 10:54:22 pm
Hey D. Goed om te sien jy skryf weer RRs. Ja, amerikaners neig om die hoender te ruk partykeer, of is dit nou die dam te ruk. Ek moet gaan slaap... ::)