Chris:

"Lots! Cherolhala Skyway is a must see, the rest of Route 129 is gorgeous, as is the entirety of 28. Fontana lake has a variety of dams and overlooks and you can always pull off to go swimming if you like. I had an opportunity to catch the Blueridge parkway in its entirety on the way home to Philadelphia. It took two days without doing much sightseeing."

Joel:

"Absolutely. Along with the Dragon, we also hit Route 28 and the Cherohala Skyway. They provide a sublime combination of scenery and fun roads. While you’re in the area, you’re only a hop, skip, and jump away from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, and, of course, the Blue Ridge Parkway.”

What advice would you give to someone looking to ride the Tail of the Dragon for the first time?

Chris:

"Take it slow and learn the road. Don't let other riders push you to go faster than you are comfortable. Always fear the Dragon, a bit of healthy respect is a good thing -- the moment you lose that is the moment you start making mistakes. Also NEVER CROSS THE DOUBLE YELLOW! Can't stress that enough, there is no room for this on the Dragon, every corner is blind and no straight away provides enough room for clean passes."

Joel:

"Be observant but don’t let yourself become anxious by other riders. Go at your own pace and don’t ride outside your skill level or comfort zone; the Dragon is on a mountainside and it’s a long way down. Have we mentioned anything about crossing the Double Yellow yet?"

Would you do it again?

Chris:

"Absolutely! I still haven't found the limits of my Honda VFR and would love to go exploring some more in the surrounding area."

Joel:

"In a heartbeat. We barely scratched the surface of all there is to do down there and, just like CK said, there’s so much more to explore."

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