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Old 03-18-2018, 05:43 PM   #1
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US-129, The Dragon

Weird things you stumble across when traveling.

I’m spending a couple of weeks in Asheville, North Carolina for some professional training. We don’t have classes over the weekend, so I rented a car and did some exploring. I went to the Nantahala National Forest and walked a bit on the Appalachian Trail. Then I started following some of the old TVA projects. Being a hydrologist, I find these projects fascinating, and I can’t help but chase hydrologic messes. I started up US-129 because it looked like a good way to make a big loop and head back to Asheville.
I noticed a couple of dragon statues at some motels at the base of the hill, but odd things at motels are not uncommon, so I didn’t think much about it. As I drove up the hill I noticed it was quite windey, and I made a mental note that this would not be a good road to drag the Airstream over. As I further ascended the hill, I kept passing people on the side of the road taking my picture. Now that was weird. Nobody except my mother has ever wanted to take my picture, I’m not that purty. So finally I stopped at one of these photographers and asked “why are y’all taking my picture”. He was a good-ol-boy, and looked at me like I was an idiot, and said “cuz your on the the dragon”. I respond with a resounding “huh”? He starts to explain to me that this was the most famous road in the U.S. They call it the “Tail of the Dragon”, and people come from all over the world to drive it. He said that sometimes they get a thousand Corvettes a day, and I was fortunate that it was a slow day. So I continued on my way, and later that night I found my picture on the internet. That’s rather embarrassing to have my picture on the internet in a POS rental Hyundai.
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Old 03-18-2018, 06:06 PM   #2
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I rode my Harley Sportster on the 129. What a kick! Wouldn't want to tow the 27FB over it!
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Old 03-18-2018, 06:09 PM   #3
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Old 03-18-2018, 06:09 PM   #4
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What you failed to convey; this is NOT a road for RVs! Trailers over 30' are banned by law.

The twisty "Tail of the Dragon" is 318 turns in 11 miles and known for the innumerable wrecks by drivers testing their amateur skills at professional only speeds (illegal of course).

www.tailofthedragon.com
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Old 03-18-2018, 06:37 PM   #5
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I have Traversed the Dragon dozens of times on my BMW K1200LT and in my Mazda Miata. Fantastic drive. Better than all of the great rides I did in Bavaria, W. Germany, Austria, and Italy while in the U.S. Army. Glad I now live just 2 hours away. U.S. 129 "The Tail of the Dragon". Fantastic!
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Old 03-18-2018, 06:48 PM   #6
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Tailing the Dragon was fun in my C6.
Not so much for an Airstream...
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Old 03-18-2018, 07:22 PM   #7
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Weird things you stumble across when traveling.

So I continued on my way, and later that night I found my picture on the internet. That’s rather embarrassing to have my picture on the internet in a POS rental Hyundai.
So you don't post the link? :-(
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Old 03-18-2018, 07:31 PM   #8
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So you don't post the link? :-(
Hiding in my anonymty.
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The dragon shall not be meddled with.... for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup!
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A motorcyclists heaven and dream road.

9x on that road, 2x at night.

If you ride a motorcycle it is WORTH the trip to go and ride it.
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Have ridden the Dragon many times on my GoldWings. There was a chap on a Gold Wing that did an Iron Butt just on that road (1,000 miles in less then 24 hours). His videos would astonish a casual rider as the pegs are nearly worn off in short order.
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I drove the Dragon last year in my Vette. Very disappointed. I heard so much about it but there is way too much traffic on it to really appreciate it. Caught up with a looky loo and he never pulled over.

There are much better roads out west with no one on them to get in the way.

But I'm sure its the best in the east.
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Weird things you stumble across when traveling.

I’m spending a couple of weeks in Asheville, North Carolina for some professional training. We don’t have classes over the weekend, so I rented a car and did some exploring. I went to the Nantahala National Forest and walked a bit on the Appalachian Trail. Then I started following some of the old TVA projects. Being a hydrologist, I find these projects fascinating, and I can’t help but chase hydrologic messes. I started up US-129 because it looked like a good way to make a big loop and head back to Asheville.
I noticed a couple of dragon statues at some motels at the base of the hill, but odd things at motels are not uncommon, so I didn’t think much about it. As I drove up the hill I noticed it was quite windey, and I made a mental note that this would not be a good road to drag the Airstream over. As I further ascended the hill, I kept passing people on the side of the road taking my picture. Now that was weird. Nobody except my mother has ever wanted to take my picture, I’m not that purty. So finally I stopped at one of these photographers and asked “why are y’all taking my picture”. He was a good-ol-boy, and looked at me like I was an idiot, and said “cuz your on the the dragon”. I respond with a resounding “huh”? He starts to explain to me that this was the most famous road in the U.S. They call it the “Tail of the Dragon”, and people come from all over the world to drive it. He said that sometimes they get a thousand Corvettes a day, and I was fortunate that it was a slow day. So I continued on my way, and later that night I found my picture on the internet. That’s rather embarrassing to have my picture on the internet in a POS rental Hyundai.
Hi Brent!

We stumbled on the Tail of the Dragon years ago, Doug driving, and it was quite the initial experience.

Our avatar picture was purchased online from one of those photographers.

I then drove it myself, by accident, a couple of years ago.

Lots of motorcycles on there, sounding like a swarm of angry bees.

Not for the faint of heart and not for trailers.

Safe travels, and hope Connie is doing well.

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