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This Florida boy is taking a quick trip up to the Smoky Mountains in search of roads that aren't quite so flat and straight as they are down here. I'm going to test my endurance with 10 hours in the saddle to meet up with my brother and his Road King in the north part of South Carolina on September 11th. Then the two of us, on my Wee and his Harley, will head out for a couple of day of riding on the Blue Ridge Pkwy., the Smoky Mountains and hopefully the Tail of the Dragon and the Deal's Gap area. We are going to be playing it by ear so hopefully the timing, after Labor Day and before the leaves change, will work out.

I've searched the forum and have some ideas about were to stay. If anybody has any recommendation for good eats in the area I would love to hear them. :var_18:

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Les,

It's hard to go wrong in that area. You'll find that the Blue Ridge Parkway is pretty tame riding, with a lot of big sweepers. But there are plenty of vicious canyons that drop off both sides of the Parkway.

I don't go near Deal's Gap or the Dragon's Tail on weekends. Too many crazies.

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Hi Les, I was up there yesterday - I have the fortunate position that I can wait for good weather, and right now there are not many clouds around :hurray: The climate is much cooler up there, it felt like mid-60's yesterday when it was around 80 down below. Was not much traffic on BRP surprisingly, and the speed limit is 45 which is fine for that road. I like the route that goes 178 to 215 to BRP. Much less traffic toward the west. PLEASE be careful, there's lots of twisty road, I go 25-30 on sharpest sections and stick to the right side of my lane (I actually came across and oil tanker on 178 in a sharp turn :jawdrop:). 215 is in the midst of being repaved - only remaining section is about the last mile or so up by BRP. AWESOME:thumbup: Keep in mind with new paving comes new gravel - if you see it on the shoulder, assume some will be in your lane. Enjoy!
 

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Keep in mind with new paving comes new gravel - if you see it on the shoulder, assume some will be in your lane. Enjoy!
That's good advice and a good heads up. I will keep and eye out for gravel in the curves. :yikes:

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I am heading for Pigon Forge 1st of October. Will be my first time on the Wee. For some of the very steep hills at places like at stop signs it will be easy to control.
 

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amazing roads

Made it back from the “Great White North” in one piece. The trip up and back was a bit grueling but the two days of riding in the Smoky Mountains made it well worth it. :thumbup:

My brother and I took some nice back roads to the Blue Ridge Pkwy. and rode a long way on it to the Cherokee area. From there we rode over the pass in the National Park to the Tennessee side. We ended up staying the night in Maryville and heading to Hwy. 129 first thing Tuesday morning. Now on Monday we rode on many very curvy roads and I figured the Tail of the Dragon couldn’t be all that much more. I was wrong. It was a very impressive 11 miles of highway. You had to really work it; down shifting, braking, accelerating. It was a lot of fun. We stopped and got our requisite t-shirts and a sticker for the bike. We then took 28 and 64, more amazing roads, angling back to South Carolina. It was a great two days of riding. I can see planning a real vacation up there sometime. Reserve a good part of a week at one of the Motorcycle Resorts and riding all the roads around there.

 

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Cherahola Highway

........is great (I probably can't spell it correctly.....we just call it The Cherry Cola). Lots of altitude, sweeping fast curves......but watch your speed. I heard smokey hangs out there sometimes....I'v never seen one.
 
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