Smoky Mountain High….
Cort and I traveled to the Great Smoky Mountains this past weekend on two wheels!
Our main objective was to ride the ominous ” Tail of the Dragon.” We had watched videos and looked online at pictures and had met some people who had been there and that made us want to go ourselves. Most folks around here kinda shrugged and said, ” it’s just a road, go once so you can say you rode it.” So we did. After riding it we both understood the comments that people had made to us before the trip. If you ride in Southwest Virginia-the Tail of the Dragon is no big deal. But, if you are coming from a place with straight roads and no mountains-it is a big deal! So, it depends on your perspective and where you live. For us, it was a great ride on a winding road. It is no different than Squirrel Spur, Orchard Gap or Piper’s Gap. It has been very well marketed and maintained. It is a wonderful ride through the Smokies with beautiful scenery!
The morning we rode was quiet and we didn’t meet many bikers at all-NOT what we were expecting !! I am sure the weather had something to do with it- cloudy and overcast- but no rain.
We passed the Fontana Dam and had to stop for a picture! Impressive!
Once we rode the 11 miles with the 318 curves we stopped at a Harley “outpost” in Tallassee, NC and met a lady at the shop. It was next to a beautiful lake and she told us that the name, Tallasse
means “beautiful waters.” It was gorgeous! There was a gas station there also and we noted that there was high power fuel for the serious sport bikes- it was $7. 69 a gallon!!!!!!!! Phew! Our gas-premium- was $4.29! A little higher than here.
From here we went to the Cherohola Skyway-over hill and dale through some of the prettiest country I’ve ever seen.
The tallest mountain is where we were headed!
We are having fun!
More to come…..