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I suggested taking a w/e trip and the missus picked the tail of the dragon:partyon: ...any advice on where to stay or what to do while we're out there, other than drive the Tail?

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Don't know the place, sorry. I always use the online service trvelocity and mapquest in my travels.

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Yeah, I was just reading up on that at http://www.tailofthedragon.com/ ...I still have S. Carolina temp tags on my car...maybe we should avoid going there this weekend...we were supposed to go about 4 years ago on my modded ZRX but we never made it...hoping to make it one day but I think we might pass at least until i get perm tags on my C6

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We usually stay in Cherokee, NC. There's some decent hotels and a big Harrah's Casino there - mostly electronic. When you do the dragon, I recommned you just take a pass through the first time before you go hard. Also finding a constant speed works a lot better than alternate max gas and max brakes. The tail has been recently plagued by cops. Have fun.
 

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With the LEO activity, I'd stay away from Deal's Gap right now. Plenty of other good roads in the area. Cherohalah Skyway, HWY 28, Blue Ridge Parkway.
 

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Hey, I went there just a couple of weeks ago. The LEO presence is very heavy and according to a couple of vendors there at the beginning of it, the LEOs were being very nasty and ticketing people for the most minute infractions.. I was fortunate and did not get hassled, but I did see lots of cops in the 11 miles stretch.



The road itself is of course a wonderful smorgasbord of turns. The road is generally very crowded during the day specially on weekends. I'd suggest driving it during a weekday. I think it should be less crowded at night but I heard from a guy who said that locals are known to sabotage the road by leaving rocks or other debris that you can crash your car into. This one guy I met had hit a rock in the middle of the road and damaged his Miata considerably :down:

Since you are coming from Hickory, I suggest you drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway for at least some of your ride. The Mount Mitchell and Craggy Gardens are great! Later you could drive through Asheville and pickup highway 151 and enter the Blue Ridge Parkway again at Elk Pasture Gap. The top stretch of 151 rivals the Tail of the Dragon and is empty :partyon: Then take the Parkway South past Mount Pisgah, and exit to the left on 276 towards the Cradle of Forestry which is another great ride to Brevard. From there you can take US 64 West for more great twisties and neat views. If you are still in need of twisties, take highway 28 near 441 in Franklin. It has wonderful twisties and great views. It takes yiou to the beginning of the Dragon. You can also get some great riding done on road 129 around Tapoco, NC where there is more lodging at the Tapoco Lodge..

If you are lucky, you might find lodging at the Snowbird Mountain Lodge. It's a great place and absolutely beautiful location. It's off the Santeetlah road in Robbinsville.

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We ride motorcycles there each year and stay in Townsend. A very small town but near all the good roads. Eat at the "Back Porch".

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Must be really nice in order to want to go there seems like a real big hassle :D
 

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Must be really nice in order to want to go there seems like a real big hassle :D
Well, it is very nice but only without the hassle.... I'd say stay away from the Tail of the Dragon until the bull*hit stops or just stay away forever. I'm not going back there just to get a traffic ticket. I can get those all day long without driving more than a few miles around my home.... Also, the whole idea of that road trip is to enjoy the experience of driving a sporty car in a curvy road with no intersections. It's a huge pain in the rear to get stuck in a congested road, barely going, bumper to bumper with a bunch of overzealous cops watching your every move :down:

There are literally hundreds of miles of comparable roads all over the area including GA, NC and TN. I think I'll avoid the concentration of LEOs and over abundance of traffic in the road through Deals Gap and the roads leading to it. Seems like 28 is also a good place to get a ticket :crazy: ......:crazy:
 

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We've done the entire Blue Ridge already- don't really care for the VA portion and LEO activity has steppe dup there, too. There is a new federal law about "aggrevated speeding" tha tis very tough and can enforced on all federal highways. Have been through Smoky Mtn National Park...I think I may take your advice and routes. I am going to avoid the TOD- I did finally get the paperwork figured out and just got the car inspected today so it no longer has temp tags, but, just b/c of a strong, general dislike for LEOs, I am not going to the TOD. (I told my GF that if we got pulled over on the TOD for some BS violation like I've seen written up, I would probably go to jail...she agreed on staying away from that area this w/e)

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We've done the entire Blue Ridge already- don't really care for the VA portion and LEO activity has steppe dup there, too. There is a new federal law about "aggrevated speeding" tha tis very tough and can enforced on all federal highways. Have been through Smoky Mtn National Park...I think I may take your advice and routes. I am going to avoid the TOD- I did finally get the paperwork figured out and just got the car inspected today so it no longer has temp tags, but, just b/c of a strong, general dislike for LEOs, I am not going to the TOD. (I told my GF that if we got pulled over on the TOD for some BS violation like I've seen written up, I would probably go to jail...she agreed on staying away from that area this w/e)

thanks for in the info.

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You are welcome, I hope you have a nice trip regardless of the route. The reason I suggested parts of the Parkway is because the beauty of the area. I do agree that it can be a bit boring at times if you get caught behind some huge motorhome or a slow driver... I think you'll really enjoy the road 151. If you want to skip the Mt Mitchell part, just drive into Asheville and get off I-40 just West of Asheville on to 19/23 towards Enka-Candler. You can pick up 151 from there... Just turn left and go to the parkway. The last mile or so is awesome. If you want to try something else, you could try taking the Parkway and exit to the right on 276 towards Cruso. The road looks pretty interesting in the map. Then you could take a left back onto 215, cross the parkway again and follow 215 down to US64 near Rosman. Then take 64 West and go to Franklin.

It's a long ride and you might want to take a break or two... However, I think it would be really neat. I'd love to do that ride with a couple of other cars. Leaving from Asheville in the morning, it would be a pretty good day drive. With a break for lunch and a couple of other breaks, you'd be ready to retire in Franklin where there is probably decent, inexpensive accomodations. In the way back, I might consider taking 441 back towards Silva and pick up 74 which joins I-40 to go back to Hickory......

Good luck with everything and please write and let us know how it went... Hey, who knows, you might get some company along the way from another Vette driver or 2. I wish I could make it too, but I've got other plans already.

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