|Tail of the Dragon Hwy 129|
Motorcyclists and sports cars enjoy this mountain road. The tight curves are perfect for both bikes and sports cars. I drive a PT Cruiser. It's not a sports car, but it thinks it is. I've even seen the occasional cautiously driven minivan and SUV on the highway! (Sometimes you just have to go with what you have.)
|Switchback curve on the Hwy 129 Dragon|
Last time we were on the Hwy 129 Tail of the Dragon Hubby drove the road. This time it was my turn and I couldn't wait.
All my college age daughter could do was sit down, buckle up and yell 'Whee' at all the right times. Hubby, in turn, either held his camera or the dash board. I figured as long as he was buckled in we were ok for the trip.
Deceptively, the Tail of the Dragon begins and ends calmly enough. Then Hwy 129 builds into the mountain curves that you see here.
|KillBoy.com photo tent on the Hwy. 129 Dragon|
We also passed the KillBoy photographer. Unfortunately we didn't know that our picture was about to be taken. Sorry about that, KillBoy. I'll have to drive the Hwy 129 Dragon again so we can smile and wave at you.
The road trip was all that it's cracked up to be and more. Remember, it is up to you to keep your vehicle under control at all times. The trick to driving it safely is to watch your speed and keep an sharp eye out for others.
You may see animals or the occasional pedestrian so be prepared to react quickly. The pulloffs are there for a reason. Use them. If you get tired or need a break, stop. Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort is open from March 1 through late November. It is a gas station, store, grill and pub. Best of all, it's also a good place to stretch your legs and chat with other people.
We were at the end of our 11 mile journey before we knew it. The curves were but a memory. Ahead of us the road ahead became level and straight. In a few more miles we were headed toward the town of Vonore, Tennessee.