Deal’s Gap/The Dragon/Cherohala Skyway
So this was The Day: Deal’s Gap and The Tail of the Dragon, ta da!
Deal’s Gap, the motorcycle ‘resort’. Why the quotes? I am definitely not a snob-I’ve stayed in places that don’t even earn a rating all the way up to five-star hotels-but I wouldn’t call this a resort. There’s a small gas station, bar and restaurant (we decided not to stand in line for a $7 cheeseburger), a few outdoor vendors along with very loud music, lots and lots and lots of motorcycles. The souvenir/gift shop is good-sized, mostly t-shirts, and even with long lines three cashiers get everyone out the door quickly. And of course the infamous Tree of Shame. It was interesting but with the addition of a Big Wheel, crutches, and a fake leg/foot, I don’t think everything on the tree is authentic from the road (damn, my mannequin lost its foot on The Dragon!).
On to The Dragon: 318 curves in 11 miles. From everything I’d heard and seen prior to the trip I admit I was a bit apprehensive. I can understand why riders enjoy it but as a passenger I found it boring after the first 15-20 minutes. Curve after curve and the scenery for almost the entire distance is trees. We rode it three times and by the last I’d swear it had gotten longer than 11 miles!
So gem of the day for me was the Cherohala Skyway: it still had lots of curves with the addition of beautiful mountain scenery and speeds over 30 mph.