So after reading up on the gap I finally rode it yesterday on the DR. It was a top-notch piece of road, certainly challenging but not really any more so than some roads we have in SC. For instance US-276 between Bald Rock and Caesar's Head is great (although admittedly the tar is in rougher shape than 129). US-178 between Rocky Bottom and Rosman is another great road. Although it can be crowded on the weekends, it's certainly not any worse than the Gap. There are more drivewys in some spots though. Perhaps if I set up with a booth and camera in one of those places... I did ride and have fun and will undoubtedly do it again. If any of you were up there yesterday between 5 and 6 PM and you saw a white n' blue DR with a rebel flag stuck on the front scraping pegs on the turns, that was me.