@pranajerni: good to know. I think I'll just stick with my original plan of taking 441 from Bryson to Townsend (cutting off the corner with Fighting Creek Gap Road), and then 321 from Townsend to the Foothills Pkwy, which will bring me to the dragon. @High Country Herb: yeah, I do definitely plan on riding that section of Highway 1. Unfortunately, I can't buy beer, although I might get a fake for this trip for the purpose of things like this. Incidentally, do you listen to This American Life? I'm pretty sure Lagunitas sponsors them, and I'd heard the name a million times but never knew where they were. @The Opa: interesting, I've never heard anything but praise for the BRP. Do you really think it's that bad?