Lair of the Dragon??? Lets call it what it is Deal Gap

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by Nitzo, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. Nitzo

    Nitzo Long timer

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    Folks have come up here and exploited the whole area for profits......Lets go back to what it was......Deals Gap.:deal
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  2. wb57

    wb57 Long timer

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    I like profits.
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  3. jub jub

    jub jub frumiousbandersnatch

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    Just another twisty road with way too many people on it.
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  4. windblown101

    windblown101 Long timer

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    All along the eastern mountains are bits of asphalt that have drawn too much attention and fallen victim due to their appeal, none more so than the Gap perhaps. A victim of it's own notoriety and the successful marketing by locals who have made it a business to support those that come to ride it. Heck, even talking about it on a public forum is advertising it.

    Good luck with the whole turning back the hands of time thing. Once a genie is out off the bottle it rarely goes back in. ;)
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  5. iyaoyas98

    iyaoyas98 Bored Silly

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    Let's call it what it is....

    A letdown after hauling nuts across the Skyway. :deal
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  6. lgajohnymac

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    Its not bad at all off season, not crowded, hardly any patrol, and usually a few good weeks to start and finish off the season. Its actually getting just about ripe for me. But I doubt I will be making the 3 hour one way trip this year.
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  7. peejman

    peejman i wanna ride

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    You forgot "the Snake", "the Rattler", "the Devil's Triangle" and most of all, the feared and maligned "Hellbender".
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  8. Al Goodwin

    Al Goodwin Long timer

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    I've been riding "the Gap" since the mid 80's...I REFUSE to call it the D****n...

    Deals Gap.....that's what it is...and that's what I call it.:D
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  9. waspp

    waspp Been here awhile

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    Don't forget the "witches knuckle". I live about 15 minutes from Deals Gap and ride it often, heck if I want to head over to NC it's the quickest route for me. It's great at certain times of the day and very annoying at the weekend rush but it's a fun place to hang out and watch Harley's tip over as they exit the "Dragon store" parking lot. Good for the local economy as well and helps keep my taxes low!
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  10. DJFireUSA

    DJFireUSA 2Fast4U

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    you know we only go down there during the day for entertainment

    now, at night... that's another story :ricky:rilla:kumbaya
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  11. Noworries

    Noworries Adventurer

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    And I thought our group was the only one to engage in this fun activity. haha
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  12. old-n-slow

    old-n-slow Been here awhile

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    Hmmm.

    We just call it 129.
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  13. klaviator

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    It's always been Deals Gap to me. Goofy names for the different roads were started by the T-shirt vendors and perpetuated by tourists who don't know any better or want to impress there friends back home with a "badass" sounding name. It's so bad that some roads have more than one "tourist" name. Examples: Hellbender 28 and Moonshiner 28. Then there's "the Rattler" / "shiner's run" (209)

    There have been times when I mentioned Deals Gap to some one and they had no idea what I was talking about so I had to say the D word to them
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  14. kneeslider

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    Over rated & basically poserville!

    But it is one hell of a rider training graduation test!

    You should have seen & rode it when it was still dirt & gravel.
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  15. t-bills

    t-bills mcs are dangerous

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    I thought it was Tail of the Dragon®
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  16. travlr_45

    travlr_45 Been here awhile

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    It's a lot of work on anything bigger than a 600. Hwy 28 up from stecoah to Fontana is a much better ride IMHO.
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  17. klaviator

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    Would that be Hellbender or Moonshiner 28?

    :rofl
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  18. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem

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    when i was kid we called it the puke rd, cause every time we went from robbinsville to knoxville somebody in the car threw up :puke2


    that was before they straightened out 143 & 28
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  19. DirtyRider

    DirtyRider Pessimistic Optimist

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    Hellbender.....that's another one. I have ridden that road to work for nearly 18 yrs, and only recently did I find out it was called that. I always just knew it as "28"......
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  20. JoeWannaB

    JoeWannaB Usually a nice guy

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    Thats why we need the tourists. Otherwise, we'd never know what our roads were called. Hows it going Shawn? You still have that KLR in pieces?
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