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Old 04-25-2014, 09:50 AM
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15 miles and 56 turns

I had a chance to go out and take a trip on a twisty little road recently and I have to say I might go back just to enjoy myself. My trip was from Divide, CO. up to Cripple Creek, CO. and the trip was with my wife so we could just have a little time away and play some slot machines and have lunch. It was not intended to be a spirited driving trip, but once I hit the road it turned into one. There are a lot of long sweeping curves and several tight twisty turns along the way so on the way home I counted all the turns and in a 15 mile stretch I counted 56 turns. It is not a very busy road so I think I will pick a time for minimal traffic and see if I can go out and have a little more fun than last time. That means no wife on this trip. Anybody else out there have a special place they like to go for a bit of spirited driving?
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I drove the Tail of the Dragon (Rte. 129 - Tenn/N. Car.) two years ago. What a beautiful adventure. 318 curves in 11 miles.
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I have heard about the Tail of the Dragon. Any time to accelerate and brake or all one gear? That is a load of curves in 11 miles.
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I have heard about the Tail of the Dragon. Any time to accelerate and brake or all one gear? That is a load of curves in 11 miles.

I was in second or third gear, and my mpg was in the single digits, the entire distance.
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Highlands Road just outside of Franklin, NC can be an eye-opener. Cliffs on one side and, for several miles, a drop-off on the other. The locals know the road.....follow one and enjoy. We got behind some dud in a Prius (fer gawds sakes) and much as I hate to say it, he knew the roads and managed to wring all the rice outta that little thing.

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I'll be heading down to the tail of the dragon this Sunday for work. Mini on the dragon is Wednesday to Saturday.

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The Dragon is fun to do, just bear in mind the posted speed limit is 30 mph.

If you are a first timer like me, that was plenty.



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Well, I did have a daughter that just moved to N.C. a couple of weeks ago. Maybe I can convince my wife we need to drive down there and visit her in the summer and I can find a reason to go on the Tail of the Dragon. It is sort of right on my way.
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One of my all time favorites in Colorado is 40 out of Steamboat all the way back down to I70. Not necessarily a short drive, but definitely a fun drive.

This summer we will be doing both Bearnotch with the C2C event, and two days later doing Tail of the Dragon on our way back home. It will be interesting to drive the two essentially back to back.
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I drove the Tail of the Dragon (Rte. 129 - Tenn/N. Car.) two years ago. What a beautiful adventure. 318 curves in 11 miles.
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I had a chance to go out and take a trip on a twisty little road recently and I have to say I might go back just to enjoy myself. My trip was from Divide, CO. up to Cripple Creek, CO. and the trip was with my wife so we could just have a little time away and play some slot machines and have lunch. It was not intended to be a spirited driving trip, but once I hit the road it turned into one. There are a lot of long sweeping curves and several tight twisty turns along the way so on the way home I counted all the turns and in a 15 mile stretch I counted 56 turns. It is not a very busy road so I think I will pick a time for minimal traffic and see if I can go out and have a little more fun than last time. That means no wife on this trip. Anybody else out there have a special place they like to go for a bit of spirited driving?
Very nice ride. My family lives up that way. My brother is a slot manager at one of the casinos. My mother is almost a permanent fixture at one of the casinos. I'm up there frequently (was just up there for Easter). Take a right at the light in Divide and there's some great off road trails to ride (Jeep, dirt bike, quads, etc). Looking to get the dirt bike out in the upcoming weeks. One thing about Colorado...if you like twisty roads / trails we got em.
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In spite of my relatively close proximity to the Tail, I haven't bothered. TN is known to strictly enforce the 35mph (60km/h) maximum on their side of the border and I am sure there is plenty of tourist traffic.

There's plenty of nice roads in Western NC though that are just as challenging with far less traffic and enforcement- remember in NC the maximum is 90km/h (55mph) unless otherwise signed. A good look at maps will indicate where some of them are.......just look for the tight squiggles
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The Dragon is fun to do, just bear in mind the posted speed limit is 30 mph.
That's what I thought. That's also what kept me away from there; as further evidenced by another post about the strict enforcement of the speed limit.

Up here, Rte 301 is just outside Carmel. I haven't been on it in awhile. It's about 8-10 miles w/ an assortment of driving styles. I took my GSXR 750 out there several times & in one section I was able to hold redline. Shortly thereafter, engage a low 2nd gear hairpin.

Just speaking about it now, I may make a trip up there tomorrow in the car!
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