Early morning start this Sunday. First off is the Great Smoky Mountain via Cherokee National Forest. I did my Sunday worship in a lookout of GSM. Our Daily Bread while playing Christian songs on my Boom.
Below is my spotwalla tracking shot for the whole day ride (I just remembered to turn this on) :
The starting point should be where the motorcycle is at (same as ending point) but I remembered to turn it on when I entered GSM.
This park is amazingly beautiful. It differs from Ozark in the sense that this is a protected and secluded national park so no habitation nor dwelling structures can be found inside GSM. Much less crowded compared to Ozark and it is much bigger. The whole Blue Ridge Pkwy stretches from Cherokee, NC to Virginia! Obviously I didn’t do that ride. Instead I turned back into Tennessee to ride the infamous Tail of the Dragon.
Spotwalla for my Tail of the Dragon ride is below :
From the map one can see that the curves are many and sharp. Some of them are curvy and hilly and U- shaped at the same time! No wonder last night other riders (staying in the same hotel) were warning me that there are many fatal accidents happening there. Today I saw an accident with police and ambulance onsite. This route is the most challenging that I have tried thus far. Not only I need to control my motorcycle but I also need to watch out for other riders and drivers coming from the opposite directions. The lanes were narrow. One vehicle each direction. Margin of error here is small! At the end of the ride is the Deal’s Gap Motorcycle mecca. See photo below :
This area is a must visit (at least once in a lifetime) for any motorcycle enthusiast. The route is challenging and the Deal’s Gap sells various merchandises with Tail of the Dragon theme on them. There is a restaurant here as well.
But just my luck that the Goldwing parked next to me smashed into my left hand side mirror when the guy left!!! Eye witnesses said he hit my bike TWICE! Once caused the mirror to break and the other caused my helmet to drop! Not nice. He left a business card and I tried to call him but no response yet. If I cannot get this mirror fix by tomorrow then I am riding half-blind.
Anyway, I am posting the cancellation stamps I got for visiting Great Smoky Mountain :
Some photo of GSM :