Ride the Tail of the Dragon

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by beemerbum55, Jun 11, 2021.

  1. beemerbum55

    beemerbum55 My Old 2004 KLR 650

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    Departing Provo, Utah Sunday 13 June 2021 and slowly riding non-freeway roads to Route 129 in Kentucky, Tail of the Dragon. Going to camp on BLM land, eat at greasy spoons, get and smell funky for 2-3 weeks. Should be fun huh? On my 2008 R1200GS and my cousin on his 2005 R1200GS. Cheers...
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  2. mjs3800

    mjs3800 Been here awhile Supporter

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    I was at the Dragon 3 weeks ago. Tuesday morning... very little traffic. Blue Ridge Parkway and Cherohala Skyway were fantastic roads as well. Both nearby.
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  3. Comrade Arturo

    Comrade Arturo Veterinario

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    Good luck :thumb
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  4. PineyMountainRacing

    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

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    check your maps again, the only “Tail” on 129 I know is Deals Gap and it’s in TN :deal

    be safe and have fun
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  5. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    Since you are going all the way there from Utah check other options in the area.. Cherohala/Tail loop, BRP, 421 Snake, Back of the Dragon/VA-16. Most of roads around that area TN, GA, NC, SW VA, WV are as good as the Dragon just not as famous.

    Not sure which route are you taking but last time I have gone in similar direction was along old US-64 even going through west OK it is better than Kansas especially in NM towards Rassom and via Taos. If you end up going through Kansas KS-4 is better option good luck.
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  6. Hooch Alumni

    Hooch Alumni Adventurer

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  7. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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  8. tomcat9

    tomcat9 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Oh that's good, I have to check this Thread regular. I leave tomorrow for my 9 weeks summer tour East Texas to Maine, Sturgis and back. Looking forward to ride in the Smoky Mountains .... I am also on a R1200GS (Adventure) and will as much as possible avoid the big roads but also the single track dirt roads. Good luck and fun on your journey... Greetings still from East Texas :-)
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  9. Foiler

    Foiler Been here awhile

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    Have FUN!
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  10. minimac

    minimac Long timer

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    Another vote for riding the Back of the Dragon. Camping at Hungry Mother State Park is great,too.
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  11. bodine003

    bodine003 Long timer

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    Dragon scarey on the weekend too many Rossi & Haywood wannbees!!! Cherry Cola Pkwy. & (War Women Rd. GA) fun.
    Also Barber Motorports Park Museum in Leeds Al. right off Hwy.20 & Wheels Through Time museum in Maggies Valley NC look up their web sites.
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  12. Moto-Kafe

    Moto-Kafe Gnarly Entre-manure Supporter

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    Check out The Iron Horse Lodge/Campground for Motorcyclists.....off Hiway 28 near Robbinsville, maybe 10 miles from The Dragon.......has primative camping all the way to private rooms, cabins, and now, Covered Wagons with AC/Heat......just like the pioneers had 200 years ago....:lol3
    They will feed you breakfast and supper, the bathrooms are spotless and big.......alittle pricey with their new "$15 per night Lodging Fee" tacked on, but worth it IMO.

    Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge & Resort - Home (ironhorsenc.com)
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  13. zerocool0

    zerocool0 Adventurer

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    IronHorse is nice but very expensive. It's $45/person/tent/night. You are better off staying at the bottom of Cherohala in Tellico Plains. They have nice cabins or there is a camping place cheep near by.
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    Rode it once on a Sporster 883...It was aaaaaaalllll ya neeeeed.
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