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post #1 of 20 Old 11-14-2007, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Tail of the Dragon, Cherohala Skyway

I did not make it to TOD this year

However I was checking the conditions of tailofthedragon.com.
The website makes it sound like the cops shutdown the dragon this year.

Anyone experience any of this?

Is it just too big of a hassle now?
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post #2 of 20 Old 11-14-2007, 08:15 PM
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Yeah, the locals apparently got tired of all the race track activity and started complaining. Police presence was very heavy for the past few months from what I've read. Also from what I've read the police have been stopping people for very minor infractions, virtually any reason that they could manufacture. I was only there once in June and didn't observe any of it myself, but that's what I've heard. I think it's easing off some now, but haven't been back since June.

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We went through it twice back in late October. On a Friday, and again on Sunday. On Friday, we saw only one county cop hanging out at the store, but on Sunday, there was a speed trap by 2 TN state troopers. One guy who had passed me earlier was pulled over there (I was glad I let him go ) My buddies and I got through untouched.

In summary, I think during the week the enforcement wasn't as strong as on Saturdays and Sundays. The Killboy.com website said this week that the Dragon was virtually vacant.

I think in general, as long as you're not making bad passes or overdoing it on the straightaways, they'll leave you alone.

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Give it time to die down then this spring it should be a place to go again. Go early before all the wanna be racer's get there to mess it up again and get the police out there.

Now that is coming from a cop.................yes, I am in law enforcement. But I hate when we over exaggerate a issue. The TOD usually takes care of the stupid wanna be's in the form of a bad wreck that either maims or kills the dumb ass. I call it Darwin's Theory At Work!

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I rode up there last week. Rode both of those roads both Wednesday and Thursday. Weather was a little brisk in the AM but it was glorious. I was about the only rider out there and zero COPS that I recall.


If you have some decent gear mid 30's is not really a problem. It was beautiful. I think I'm doing that early November next year too.

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Back in september I counted 13 LEO's on a saturday....they stopped me just to see if I had insurance. I was a nightmare for a couple of weeks. Went last weekend and didn't see any. Guess they be Hibernating.

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A little extra info

The store closes this time of year so the tourons (touring morons) are gone so you can expect the traffic enforcement to be less as well. For a few months they covered it like a blanket....

to be honest however, this is the best time of year to ride up here anyway...

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The store closes this time of year so the tourons (touring morons) are gone so you can expect the traffic enforcement to be less as well. For a few months they covered it like a blanket....

to be honest however, this is the best time of year to ride up here anyway...

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Don't tell that to just anyone, Coop. I loved my trip up there first week of November. The store was actually open. I plan to do the same next year. It was awesome.







What a wonderful piece of the world you folks have up there. It's great to have it to myself a couple days.

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My best friend was born and raised in Knoxville, so he and his Dad know some really nice roads up there. We rode up for the 2007 Honda Hoot from Mississippi this past june; 129 in Northern Georgia is also some beautiful riding, like the dragon with no traffic. When we went through Deal's Gap, on the tuesday of the Hoot Week, it was pretty darn quiet up through the Foothills Parkway (did I get that right?) That entire area is a treasure trove of riding, wish we could have done the Cumberland Gap ride.

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post #10 of 20 Old 12-15-2007, 10:35 PM
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Was up there twice this past fall and got nailed my second trip. I will concur that the TSP are doing their level best to totally screw up a nice area. I agree that some over sight is neccessary however it looks alot like profiling to me. Best of luck if you decide to go but remember, do your shopping and spending of greenbacks inn NC.
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