Just returned from a couple of weeks in paradise while riding the Great Smoky Mountains. It is a shame that the locals are always in such a hurry because they have seen the scenery too many times. On my way back to Texas I like to take at least one run down the “Tail of the Dragon” and along the Cherohala Scenic Skyway near the Tennessee and North Carolina border. That area was beautiful and the weather was just cool enough for everyone up there to bundle up a bit. My only complaint during the whole trip was the flying crotch rockets that like to throw themselves through the curves as they skim the cliff edges and often pass by within inches of your handle bars. Every now and then you will meet one of these fools coming at you on your side of the road because they misjudged a blind switch back. At the Deals Gap Tree of Shame, I had recommended that they designate a “Kamikaze Friday” so all the crotch rocket maniacs could take each other out in relative peace and not involve any innocent carnage. Over all a very nice ride.