We got back from our trip to Gatlinburg and riding the Tail of the Dragon last week. We were hot and sore and very tired. The temperature was in the 90's most of the time. It felt like we were riding in an oven. But there was some relief. In the shadows of the Tennessee mountains, the cool air was so refreshing. Now if I could just have had a dip in one of those mountain streams...
We had 20 bikes in our group this time and several delays as one guy kept having to deal with a bad battery. When we'd get back to our motel after a long day of driving, nothing looked better than that little outdoor swimming pool. It felt wonderful!
Before we got to Deal's Gap, I found myself having a little trepidation about it. I remembered how it was from the year before. I worried that people coming around those curves on their crotch rockets toward me might go over the center line or that somebody would pass me because I wasn't going fast enough for them and cause a wreck. But everything went smoothly. I kept up with my husband this time although that was not my goal. I was determined to ride at my own pace just like I did last time.
I guess one of my problems is that I watched a youtube video from the Discovery channel and it really tried to be dramatic and make The Tail of the Dragon sound as scary as they could make it sound. I think they overdid it but I couldn't help but remember the girl rider they interviewed when I got to mile marker number five. I'll put a link to the video on here in case any of you want to see it. It's interesting but take it with a grain of salt if you're going to Deal's Gap and just be careful. What's really surprising is that there are not more wrecks there than there are. I think that's a testament to the skills of most of the drivers but it's definitely not a place to go to see the scenery if you're the one steering the bike. Without further ado, here's the link you can copy and paste to Hell Roads: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmVaV3fj ... re=related