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Old 02-14-2013, 11:38 AM   #29
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We accidentally did the Dragon last year on the way up to Alumapalooza. Picture three Airstreams in a row going through the curves. A 28' in the lead, our 34' in the middle and a 30' following on. Once you get in, there is no way to get out other than driving through.
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:00 PM   #30
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The 1st 50 curves are cool - the remaining 268 are a real pain. Plus I was holding up the crotch rockets guys. This was the longest 13 miles I have driven.

I did this towing a boat to Lake Fontana. The tail was the shortest route to the boat launch.

I would like to go there again but maybe have a helicopter drop me in ..
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:17 PM   #31
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We accidentally did the Dragon last year on the way up to Alumapalooza. Picture three Airstreams in a row going through the curves. A 28' in the lead, our 34' in the middle and a 30' following on. Once you get in, there is no way to get out other than driving through.
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:24 PM   #32
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It's true, too, that once you're on there is no way to get off.


There is also no warning of what is ahead.

Fun, though, and our avatar picture is from the Tail.


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Old 02-14-2013, 02:03 PM   #33
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We travel to Deal's Gap each year to drive the dragon with our Miata. I can't imagine pulling a trailer longer than 20' through there.

There have been times that tractor trailers have accidentally gotten onto that stretch of highway and ended up stuck in an inside curve up against the bank.

One of the risks of driving the dragon is that the folks riding the crotch rockets at high rates of speed will have their wheels in their lane and their head and shoulders in your lane as they come towards you in a curve. Nothing like having a death wish. There has been a serious motorcycle accident on every visit we have made to Deal's Gap.
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:11 PM   #34
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While riding a motorcycle in the really tight turns, I have seen a semi truck have the tractor and trailer wheels on the correct side of the road, but the body of the trailer completely blocked the oncoming lane. There was place to go on a motorcycle but into the woods or under the trailer. Neither were viable options.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:35 PM   #35
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I did my best to drive deep into the turns and use as little of the other lane as possible. On some of the curves it wasn't pretty. The bikers that were really mad at us were behind us trying to have fun. There are several overlooks with room for a motorcycle to pull off, but not an Airstream. I think they would have enjoyed the ride more if they had pulled off and chatted for a half hour or so, then run the curves.
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