Made my first trip down to Deals Gap this past weekend, had a great time! I have been reading about the roads in the area for years and decided this was the year I made it down, even if for a quick weekend. Left home in Cincinnati about 5:30am and slabbed until first light, then got off the expressway and ran down US 127. Stopped for gas in a small town somewhere in KY, as I paying at the pump with my credit card I was saying to myself "ya'll don't know me!" (it was funny at the time, too much caffeine) Made it to the gap in the afternoon, rode the dragon on the way in. The KLR was no slouch in the twisties! Met up with my friend Jason and decided we'd go off the beaten path on Saturday and find some dirt to play in. Started out tame enough, Tatham Gap road leading between Robbinsville and Andrews. Gravel but fairly well packed, beautiful scenery, endless curves and elevation changes. The road's nickname is "The Dirt Dragon" for good reason. There was an access road that led to an area called Joanna's Bald. We hung out here for a while because directly above us were 7 or 8 cell towers. We had 3G at 4700ft. From there we found our way to a national forest road (104 i think) that cut back up indirectly toward Robbinsville. It started as a gravel road and got increasingly more rugged (and more fun) as we continued on. We put our "part time" dirt machines to the test. Quick side note: waterproof riding boots will NOT help if you do this. We had a couple spills (I meant to do that), and got good and dirty. We kept on forever, not even scratching the surface on the trails we were finding. Finally, a local on the way to his cabin stopped and we got some directions back to civilization. We were exhausted. Had some dinner at the bar and grill. Spent some time straightening body panels and my tweaked forks\handlebars and shooting the breeze. I was in bed by 10 I think! Woke up early the next day and started packing up to head home. Stopped at the overlook for a couple quick pics. I headed home from there, 6 or so hours in the rainy cold, but I had my rain gear on and an audiobook in my helmet. All in all an awesome trip, already making plans for spring.