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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Deal's Gap - THE DRAGON!

I just got back from a ride up to Deal's Gap North Carolina, better known as the Dragon or the Tail Of The Dragon, and believe you me its some of the best motorcycle roads in the United States. Jim Penske, founder of the Association of Motorcycle Riders of America once said, and I quote "Deal's Gap is to motorcycle riding what the Tour De France is to bicycle racing, what the Indy 500 is to auto racing, and what the Super Bowl is to football...this is it"! Noted as one of the top ten motorcycle adventures in the U.S.!, it has 318 turns in eleven miles of some of the prettiest country you'll ever see, 129 twists and turns up and over the mountains of Tennessee into North Carolina. It's almost like stepping back in time, you won't find any driveways or gas stations or subdivisions, nothing but air and opportunity to let it rip! It's beautiful country but don't stop until you get to the top at Dragon overlook unless you want to be smacked by a crotch rocket. Deal's Gap isn't the easiest place to find cause it's just a small 11 mile stretch that hugs the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on its sparcely populated southwest corner, most of the road is in Tennessee but some of it goes into North Carolina, if you can get to Tallassee Tn. or Tapoco N.C. you'll find it just ask the locals they all know where it's at. Just be careful there are lots of fools up there, the best time to ride the dragon is early spring or late fall, but by all means ride it if you can!

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