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post #1 of 8 Old 09-12-2015, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Devils Triangle, Tennessee

I have been down to the area a few times, but never had the chance to ride the Devils Triangle. I have a lot of good roads to fit into the the 2 days we are down there and am trying to keep my routes closer to the 8-9hr range. My route including the Devils Triangle is a 10+hr day and I really want to keep the other roads on the route (Little River Gorge Rd, Foothills Pkwy, NC281, NC215 & NC28 ).

To ride the Devils Triangle area, it adds 3 hours onto the route - should I give it up to cut the route down, or is it really that worth it and we should ride it?

Here's the Devils Triangle route I had in mind: https://goo.gl/maps/JDE6Z

Here's what I would do without the Devils Triangle: https://goo.gl/maps/JVymI

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-12-2015, 01:44 PM
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That looks like a fab route but will be weather dependent to a degree and a push given the shorter days.

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Depends on your critter tolerance at either end. Would be a very sweet day and a bit ride tho.

Looking at the two seems you can play your options for a while.
Maybe take into to consideration which side of any mountains you will be on towards the end of the day.


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Sandy and I were going to to it the other day on our way from Nashville to Deqls Gap but there was lots of rain and ended up passing. If you do ride it let me know how it is.

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We have ridden it at least a dozen times. It isn't very long but we love it. There is very little traffic and the road is in good shape. I used to love deals gap but it's just too crowded now. The triangle does have a lot of driveways but there is a section with none that is nice. But I can ride it from home and back without getting in a hurry and all back roads in 3-4 hours.

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PS. Better ride it soon- they are starting work on the distillery at the old Brushy Mountain Prison and camp grounds yada yada yada....won't be long till the cameramen show up then it will be cruiser city. Same as what has ruined deals gap IMO.

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Thanks for the info - I just dropped it off the route. Sorry Tom

Some of the guys I am going with have had bad experiences on that road (not them, but their fellow riders) and I don't want to have anyone dropping their bikes (2013 FJR1300 and 2014 Concours). It's a pretty long haul to get there from Robbinsville when there are so many amazing roads right nearby. One of the guys I am riding with has a bit of a bum knee and has a limit of around 8hrs riding time - me I can ride sunrise to sunset, so maybe next year I'll check it out.

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About half that route would bore me in TN, I would only do that to get somewhere. Not a loop, thats too many miles to enjoy the area attractions. It would be an iron butt ride. I've done it on my FJR quickly when I was bored. Had more fun on my lighter weight Vee though, taking it slower with camping gear. But, I think my Vee is quicker up 209 than the FJR, probably because my Vee has suspension work done.

I would run right through Maryville to Tellico over the Cherohalla into Robinsville and take a left going up to the Deals Store/Restaurant for people watching and go by or stop again at the top of Fontana Dam. Then around Robbinsville and over to the Blue Ridge Parkway via Cherokee. Stay around the Waynesville area and visit Pisgah National Forest, ride 215, 276, the Park Way to Ashville and look around town.

209 from Waynesville to Hot Springs is very curvy and varies in scenery etc. Pisgah Inn is very nice, Motorcycle campgrounds are around also with cheap cabins. Big loops will make you miss the cool stuff like the vast waterfalls and mountain peaks or maybe even DuPont Falls in the low lands.

I like 300 mile days or less up there, otherwise you don't have enough daylight to get off the bike and explore. Its not wide open spaces, the towns are close together, lots to see. In the South West and even teh Rockie Mountain states, I felt ok doing 500 mile days, some 600, the attractions I wanted to see were far apart.
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Of the triangle only about a third of it is good riding. The second half after the prison isn't worth riding and we seldom do.

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