Taming the Dragon

Sign near the beginning of The Tail of the Dragon

Deals Gap - There is a good little store here to pick up souvenirs and drinks

GoGo Pony parked at the overlook on The Tail of the Dragon

Peg enjoys the view from The Tail of the Dragon (and catches her breath!)
We spent the night in Robbinsville, NC at the Microtel Inn and Suites. This simple hotel is the closest chain located near The Tail of the Dragon. While almost everything in the area caters to motorcycles we felt comfortable staying here. There are a couple of restaurants within walking distance and we ate at a great little Mexican joint just up the road a bit. I have been wanting to drive The Tail of the Dragon for some time. Located between the Tennessee and North Carolina border on Rt 129 the Tail boasts 318 curves in 11 miles making it a very technical road. The speed limit has been reduced to 30 mph but this is still fast enough to have a fun time. There are signs everywhere warning you of limited medical assistance and to "travel at your own risk." Several places along the Tail you see skid marks leading off the road and into the woods making a scary reminder to be safe. We almost had a new hood ornament when we rounded a curve only to find a motorcyclist in our lane. You must stay in your lane at all times on these narrow roads. This road is also heavily patrolled by Johnny Law so keep your speed in check. The Tail of the Dragon did not disappoint me. It was a great little drive.