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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 9-2-2019, 6:00 AM Thread Starter
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Route to lodging ~22 miles from Tennessee side of the Dragon:
I-75 - US411

Route back home:
US411 - TN68 - GA5 - GA515 - I-575 - I-75

Tennessee highway68 in it's own right pretty decent mountain twisty ride .

All pictures from US HWY 129



Lake on the Tennessee side




Harley dealer ~10 miles from Dragon



The beginning (or end depending which direction your going)
I didn't stop for donuts .
You have to think within the box. Your own editing required. Enlarge the pic to see the sign.
In my defense I could easily read that sign from where the pic was shot.



The state line. A fence in case Tennessee and North Carolina go to war with each other .
The gate is open .



Deals Gap, N.C.





A great trip 100% rain free. I may go back again sometime and approach from the North Carolina side .


Some video:


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As some of you know, there are pro photographers along the Dragon. Taking pictures of everyone and then selling on the internet. I picked up a few.



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Pic by: Killboy
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Great thread! Thanks for sharing.
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Been through the Dragon before, but in a Mustang, not on a bike.

I though the Dragon was sketchy until I drove the Road to Hana in Maui, doesn't even compare!
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I get the idea of doing this just for the sake of it, then seeking out the other local roads that aren't famous.
BTW, props to you, the ever methodical bpe, for posting this thread in the On the Road section, and also putting the ride videos in the Video 'ventures section. Cheers!
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After looking at some other videos of the Dragon in the past, I thought that this was worth mentioning.
Current road condition was absolutely fantastic. My guess is probably repaved within the last 2-3 years. I hope any one going there in the future would also update road conditions.

Also found some interesting history videos:

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