Ride to Deals Gap, NC and the Tail of the Dragon

Kickstands up at 9 am.

Route to Deals Gap, NC: 

400 North, continue 115

R 19 North

L US 129 at Turner's Corner

Follow 129 through Andrews, NC

L 129

Arrive at NC 28 and Deals Gap.

This will be a full day ride, maybe 350 to 400 miles. Great roads and not much stopping or waiting around except at the Gap and maybe the overlook. Depending on time and weather, some may take "the long way home" across the Cherohala Skyway to Tellico Plains, TN and south on 68 to 60. 

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  • Chris D.

    Unfortunately our bad luck for the day didn't end on top of the cherohala. After leaving the accident and coming back down the Parkway our friend Roger had an accident and died at the scene.
    When we receive more information about arrangements we will keep everybody posted.
    Please keep his wife kittie in your thoughts and prayers.

    September 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's from July 2010.

      September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I saw a group of 5 or 7 bikes leave Tellico Plains whilst I was at the Exxon. Last 2 bikes were a Bonnie and a Triumph cafe racer, dropped handlebars. First 5 were sport bikes and I thought there's trouble looking for a place to happen.

    September 8, 2013

    • Jeremy W.

      Was the Bonnie green with chrome mufflers? Matter of fact, I think it might have had dropped bars.

      September 8, 2013

  • Jeremy W.

    For those who haven't heard, there was a major crash yesterday on the Cherohala. A Triumph Bonneville crossed the centerline in front of Whisky and Sugar who on their Valk Interstate. Sam D came around the corner and lost it in the carnage. I was next bike in line and had to dodge around Sam who was laying in his socks and unconscious in the middle of the road. He was knocked clean out of his boots and didn't remember anything. They helicoptered Sugar and Sam to UT Medical Center in Knoxville as well as they guy on the Bonnie. That guy lost his foot. Literally...it was laying on the pavement 50 feet from him.

    Duffy, Steve and I wound up taking Whisky up to UT on the back of my Goldwing due to the fact that he didn't go in the helicopter and they were only going to transport him to the local hospital.

    Our folks are all banged up pretty good, but they will heal and be ok. No word at all at the hospital about the guy who lost his foot.

    September 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      What time did it happen?

      September 8, 2013

    • Jeremy W.

      It was a Bonneville. To tell the truth, it never occurred to me to check the time...too much else going on. I'd guess it was around 3pm or so. It took around an hour or so to even get an ambulance up there.

      September 8, 2013

  • Ed S.

    Dropped Ginny off at Harrahs Casino then headed up 28 to Deals Gap - sure was crowded, not fun at all. Sorry I missed you guys - go there about 11:30. Headed back on 28 and kept going on 28 south - plenty of twisties and no traffic. Rode that stretch twice then went back to Cherokee. She won $80.00!!!!

    September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I left abruptly. Too many darn people at Deals Gap.
    Rode Cherohala, Greasy Creek and back roads to Salacoa Rd to Canton. Home about 5.15 with door to door 380 miles.

    September 7, 2013

  • Noel B.

    1st time riding with your group looking forward to it
    Noel

    September 7, 2013

  • Kevin

    About what time do you plan to get to the resort? I'll meet you there for lunch.

    September 6, 2013

    • Kevin

      I lied - I have to back in Johnson City by 3:00 - sorry I'll miss you guys.

      September 6, 2013

    • Duffy

      Too bad Kevin, it would have been great to see you.

      September 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Got to work I can only do sunday rides. Some Saturdays that I can call in

    September 6, 2013

  • Jeremy W.

    Hopefully debuting the blacker, black bike this weekend. Assuming the last bit of parts gets here before then.

    1 · September 4, 2013

  • Ed S.

    Taking my wife up to Cherokee on the bike - she loves the Casino there - I usually drop her off then ride to the Dragon a couple of times, then head back. Maybe I will see you all there.

    1 · September 4, 2013

  • Duffy

    Summer is almost over and we haven't been to the Dragon this year.... It is a long day but a fun one. Probably 400 miles for the day roundtrip. Hoping for good weather.

    August 28, 2013

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  • Duffy
    Ride Coordinator, Organizer
    Event Host
  • Jeremy W.
    President, Co-Organizer
  • Noel B.
    Seretary, Assistant Organizer
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