Day 10 - Tail of the Dragon

Trip Start Jul 17, 2013
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Trip End Sep 03, 2013


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Blue Ridge Parkway North Carolina
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Tail of the Dragon Route 129

Flag of United States  , North Carolina
Friday, July 26, 2013

Hendersonville, NC is a gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway. Thirteen miles East of Asheville, we decided to save the Biltmore Mansion for another trip and moseyed past the
NC Arboretum. The parkway was a breathtaking journey on sweeping curves over mountain vistas. We finished our 60 mile trip in about two hours and entered the Smokey Mountain National Park at Oconaluftee Visitors Center and Farm Museum. Civil Conservation Corps (CCC) workers were of many nationalities,including American Indians (Cherokees in this area), African Americans and many unemployed and orphaned boys from all over the USA. They built the Parkway roads and communities.

After lunch at the Little (Indian) Princess, we cruised rte 19, along the Little Tennessee River, in search of the Tail of the Dragon. Route 129 into Robinsonville led us to her. As we entered the 11 mile stretch with 318 curves, the famed Tree of Shame ( deceased motorcycle parts ) hung at the gait to the Dragon. The road was wet, slick and curving with 90 degree switchbacks every where we went. Five cameramen (three Killboy and two 129 Photos.com) were strategically located along the route. Of course, you can buy your photo. There was only one wreck that we saw, an unidentifiable motorcycle, getting pulled up the mountainside by a wrecker truck. At the final overlook, we chatted with a couple from Charlotte, NC and two from Michigan. Fun ride but the Skyline and Parkway were colossally better.

Here is the You Tube video of the road :

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqtdJKM5Mfk "Hell roads - Tail of the dragon" it's the 6 minute video.

At the end of the Dragon sat Punkin Center Market. See the picture and dialogue in our photos. The owner directed us through a spectacular Tennessee countryside journey to Lenor City via rte 72, National Campground Road, rte 95 (country) to rte 70. Owners lost a boy in Afghanistan and currently has another over there.  A Marine vet who loves his country and motorcycles.  In fact, he has cabins for motorcyclists or those who have been endorsed by the same.... others need not apply.

We put up for the night and hit the pool. Only 240 miles today. Mark did his obligate two laps (a Richards is not designed for swimming) and settled in with a Fosters. Sara relaxed checking the tour book for Nashville highlights. A light dinner at Ruby Tuesdays with an tremendous nursing student (Haley) as our server. Yes, there are young people who want to work and are simply awesome!

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