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post #1 of 26 Old 06-28-2012, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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Riding the Dragon- Any advice?

Heading to NC Sunday to ride the Dragon, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Cherohala Skyway. This will be my first time in the area.
Any advice or suggestions on what to do, where to eat and what to see?
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Just ride safe and dont try to out ride your comfort zone. Oh and please let faster paced riders pass you if you come across a pull off spot i.e. keep an eye on your mirrors...

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watch out for cars and trucks on the dragon
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The Cherry-Cola Skyway is a GREAT ride..........long, fast, sweeping curves changing altitude as you go. Make sure you stop at the Tellico Adventure Bike Shop when arriving in Tellico. It's located a block behind the large gas station (where all the bikers stop) at the start of the Skyway. There's a yummy bakery around the corner from the shop with great sammiches and made-daily pastries!!!

I see the Dragon as quite the opposite.........tight, technical, pucker-up, almost "turns" (not curves)..........I quit riding it a few years ago after I said I had done it, but I still like to hang-out at the store/motel to watch all the different riders coming/going. The BBQ there ain't bad either......!!

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Ride the Dragon during the week and in the morning, trust me on that. Cherohala is incredible, smokey Mtn parkway is nice, go see Clingman Dome, and you must ride some of these.........Devils Triangle TN survive this hostile two lane adventure... your welcome.:mrgreen:

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you must ride some of these.........Devils Triangle TN survive this hostile two lane adventure... your welcome.:mrgreen:
Is there content there? All I could find was advertizing.

Mr. Geko do you plan on blasting down there via interstate ot taking advantage of some of the many fine West Virgina backroads?

You may find that you'll have more fun getting to the Dragon rather than doing the Dragon, unless you hit it on the off-hours.

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There are good roads in every direction. At the south end of 129, left on 19, right to Wayah road, all the way to 64 left onto 28 and then head to Cherokee. If you want some gravel adventure, left on Otter Creek from Wayah road across to 28.

BRP from Cherokee to Ashville is my favorite section. Three great roads from BRP that make excellent loops: 215, 276, 151.

The VStrom is the perfect instrument for these roads. Look out for gravel in curves in NC; gravel often used as shoulder fill and good ol boys kick the stuff out onto the pavement with their monster tire 4wheel drive pickups.

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When you get back to the parking lot, flip the kickstand down before you try to dismount the bike.

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Heading to NC Sunday to ride the Dragon, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Cherohala Skyway. This will be my first time in the area.
Any advice or suggestions on what to do, where to eat and what to see?
Thanks
The Dragon Pitt BBQ had some pretty awesome food!! Try the Dragon Burger!

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