||09-01-2011 07:46 PM
Just got back home after a nine day get-away, including spending Sunday - Thursday last week at Deal's Gap / Iron Horse Lodge. The place still rocks, with all the different roads, and, yes, I am a Tail of the Dragon fan - I really do like that particular road. When I'm out there, I do enjoy RIDING, certainly not at a 100% committed pace, but still rather briskly. A KLR 650 will go surprisingly quick out there (or any curvy terrain). Passing on the Dragon wasn't much of an issue, as the chrome brigades seemed to be fairly well seperated, making them easy to pick off. On the Cherahola Skyway, though, it was a bit of a different story. One time, after I came out of the woods, about halfway down the CSW, I decided to head over to Tellico. After a handful of delightful fast sweepers I caught about twenty of the pretty, shiny bikes. The last few roadblockers were all over the place, and the KLR just didn't have the umph to make any safe passes - picking them off one by one would probably have unsettled some of them if I would have had to move in amongst them due to oncoming traffic. So, I slowed down, enjoyed the scenery, and just waited for the return trip to enjoy the higher speeds the CSW provides.
I only had two oncoming HDs encroach my lane while out there, not too bad for the amount of time I spent out there. The only crash victim I ran into was a sportbike rider; he was certainly a grown-up, probably in his early forties. He was going a little fast, thought that an oncoming bike was leaning into his lane (even though he said the oncoming bike did not actually cross). He said it caused him to take his eye of his path and apply the rear brake, hence he crashed. The feller did not wear proper boots, and his right ankle was totally raw. Ouch.
Runs up and down the Dragon after about 5:00 pm were pretty much hazzle free. Did pick off a couple of them fancy big BMW dirtbikes :D(btw, I really want one, and I'll get one this winter), but those gentlemen waived me by.
Each one of us ought to ride well within our limits, so that we have something in reserve when a bad situation develops. I didn't have too many issues, but when I did, I'm glad I had some reserve left. Having said that, the point of this whole post is: get out there and enjoy the place. It is still awesome! :clap
Tennessee, by the way, has unfortunately paved most of the Forest Service roads in the area. :cry