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My wife and I plan to do the Dragons Tail in Tennessee this summer during the Wing-Ding in Knoxville. Has anyone done this stretch of 129 in both directions and in which direction of travel would be the best?
 

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Have done the dragon 3 times. Have gone west from Knoxville to get there. It's a great ride. When you finish do the Cherohala Skyway too. Makes for a great day of riding...

http://www.cherohala.com/
 

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Was going to ride this past summer but when we got there it was closed because of a rock slide, had motel reservations in Maryville only about 35 miles away. Some grizzled old Harley rider gave us the shortest route to Maryville which was the Cherohala sky way, about 100 miles to Maryville but well worth it.
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Was going to ride this past summer but when we got there it was closed because of a rock slide, had motel reservations in Maryville only about 35 miles away. Some grizzled old Harley rider gave us the shortest route to Maryville which was the Cherohala sky way, about 100 miles to Maryville but well worth it.
From the Northwest Corner.
Ron
Not sure when you were there but, most of the time the rock slide was being cleaned up, the Dragon was open during day light hours, accessible from the South only. You could ride to the North end, turn around and ride back South.
For the OP, enjoy:
http://www.tailofthedragon.com/
 

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Not sure when you were there but, most of the time the rock slide was being cleaned up, the Dragon was open during day light hours, accessible from the South only. You could ride to the North end, turn around and ride back South.
For the OP, enjoy:
http://www.tailofthedragon.com/

We were there I think on the 25th of June. Had spent the night in Boone N.C. and the day on the Blue Ridge, even on the Blue ridge it was really slow,had several delays, for clean up crews then there was a rock slide never Ashville. It was somewhere between 4:00 and 5:00 in the Afternoon, we could have rode 11 miles north on the Dragon, but would have had to turn around come back and still ride the 100 mile detour to get to the motel. Maybe next time if we get back that way.
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watch the cops and the idiots...especially with your wife aboard. It is the home of "Left of Center madness". :(
 

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If the rock slide is cleaned up, I like going up the hill. At the top keep going towards Robbinsville. Take a right on Hwy 143 which takes you to the Cherohala Skyway. Great area to ride.
 

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Great Riding in that part of the country. Deals Gap (Tail of the Dragon) ; Cherohalla Skyway (Museum on TN side is great) and the Fontana Dam (Hell Bender).
Oh, if you see a rider bouncing his/her hand off the top of his/her helmet that's the signal that LEO's (Law Enforcement Officers) are ahead. Ride all of these roads safely.
Good Luck,
T-Rex
 
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