After Waterrock knob I rode about 5 more miles on the BRP then got off on 19 and headed South through Cherokee. Cherokee has been a tourist trap for as long as I can remember but I think the biggest tourist attraction now is the huge casino in the middle of town. I have never been in the casino and probably never will. I'd rather spend my money on gas to ride around on all the great roads around here than throw it away in the casino. More of Cherokee. The Harley T shirt shop. Not too much further down the road I reached my destination. This motel was up on a hill in Bryson City. I booked this room well in advance because it was Friday night and this area tends to get booked up on weekends due to all the motorcyclists as well as car clubs who come to this area. It would also set me up for what I planned on doing Sunday morning. It was still pretty early in the day so after I checked in I headed out to explore the area. I wanted to find a road I had heard about many years earlier but had never gotten around to riding. I guess I could have done some research or asked for directions but where's the fun in that? So I wandered around a bit until I finally stumbled on what I was looking for. No I wasn't looking for the high school so I could pick up some really young girls. It was the road to nowhere. This road had been built many years ago with the intentions of it going "somewhere" but they never finished it so it became known as the road to nowhere. Since I wanted to see what nowhere looked like I headed down the road It didn't take long to come to this: I turned into a curvy, scenic but somewhat rough road. I was having a fun ride until I got stuck behind some road slugs. Despite going slower than the average school bus these riders, except for the one in the back, couldn't even keep it on the right side of the road I couldn't stand to watch so I stopped and took a break before continueing. I eventually came to the end of the road. This is what nowhere looks like. You can actually continue on if you want to hike. There is a long tunnel that leads to some hiking trails. Someday I'd like to come back and do some hiking. Heading back into town I soon caught up to the road slugs so I stopped and took some pics. As you can see it was too nice of a road to waste. . Back in Bryson City. There were plenty of touristy and most likely expensive restaurants here but I went looking for something away from the tourist areas. I found this Mexican place which was reasonably priced and very good.