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My son wants to ride the dragon's tail with me this summer. I'm planning a trip in early August from northern Illinois to the dragon. Probably 800 miles ea. way.
I don't have a definite route yet, but if chance and opportunity coincide I would enjoy opportunities to meet others from this forum. Also would appreciate and good spots for lodging and or dining both there and along the way. I'm sure there are several shouldn't miss places along the way.
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At the risk of drawing fire from KM, (duck and run, lol) I`ll offer another suggestion from Daniel Meyer.

He says when travelling he gets off the superslab and rides the secondary roads whenever possible. The roads and the people are more interesting. When hungry in a country town he cruises the main streets, and one block on either side of main street looking for the cafe with all the pickup trucks parked in front. That`s where all the farmers and working men are eating. He goes in and orders the *special*. Usually gets a good meal and a good price. Says he has only been disapointed twice in 30+ years of riding. Can`t offer any specifics, but that`s just my 2 cents worth.

Judging from my experience with curves and motorcycles, I should be terrified of riding the "Dragon". However, I do envy you and the planned trip. Enjoy the road and the company. Remember the journey is the destination!

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Lol... I won't dis Daniel .... But will offer a usefull answer....

Having been there, I'd be remiss in not mentioning MAD MAPS:
http://www.madmaps.com/

Places to go, stay and eat, and routes of killer rides actually laid out by motorcyclists.

I picked up one of their "old school" paper maps... But now they offer GPS downloads and phone apps.

We stayed in a very nice hotel in Gattlingburg, so can't give you much info on any place else. There are cool places to visit in KY and in TN...contacting those states dept of tourism is also a good idea.

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This is a GREAT idea....a father/son epic ride...that will produce memories that last the rest of a lifetime....

Truth be told, you can find out a lot about where to stay, and other great roads to ride in the area, by visiting (if you haven't already):

http://www.tailofthedragon.com/

Of course, the appropriate bike preventive maintenance prior to a trip like this can make the difference between a good trip and a bad one. Testing your bike's battery, checking the cleaness/tightness at the battery terminals, lubing/checking the bike's cables, checking the brakes and coolant, installing that voltmeter and "Ride On" (if you haven't already), etc, etc, are of course all things to look into before your trip departure.

Here's a link I posted earlier that has some good ideas that should make your trip go smoother:

http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/...rtTouring.aspx

Take plenty of pix and video--then share some of them with us, later....

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Don't know how long or what roads you intend to ride other than the Dragon, but let me say that the Dragon is a crowded raceway for crotch rockets and that goes for mid week days also, it is just too dang popular now...
IMO-The Devil's Triangle, Moonshiner 28, & Cherohala Skyway are much better rides, the Devil's Triangle does have a couple or so real slow switch backs that could be a hazard to some riders... Cherohala Skyway is very senic, but some of the pullovers are grown up a bit, and some better pics can be had at other places... As far as places to stay I can't be of help as I hang out over around La Follette Tn. where I grew up and lived till the early 70's...
Check out theauhawks map suggestion, they list a lot of biker friendly places in and around the Dragon...
http://www.tailofthedragon.com/

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Having been there, I'd be remiss in not mentioning MAD MAPS: http://www.madmaps.com/ Places to go, stay and eat, and routes of killer rides actually laid out by motorcyclists. KM
Wow - great resource - thanks.

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Don't know how long or what roads you intend to ride other than the Dragon, but let me say that the Dragon is a crowded raceway for crotch rockets and that goes for mid week days also, it is just too dang popular now...
IMO-The Devil's Triangle, Moonshiner 28, & Cherohala Skyway are much better rides, the Devil's Triangle does have a couple or so real slow switch backs that could be a hazard to some riders... Cherohala Skyway is very senic, but some of the pullovers are grown up a bit, and some better pics can be had at other places... As far as places to stay I can't be of help as I hang out over around La Follette Tn. where I grew up and lived till the early 70's...
Check out theauhawks map suggestion, they list a lot of biker friendly places in and around the Dragon...
http://www.tailofthedragon.com/

Have a good one...Old Dog...
I've been there 4 times - once on a weekend. If you go at 8:00 AM, it is not crowded at all, and it is unlike any other road I have been on. Well worth the trip. As my brother said after the first time we rode it - "Well, I can see what all the fuss is about!"

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My son wants to ride the dragon's tail with me this summer. I'm planning a trip in early August from northern Illinois to the dragon. Probably 800 miles ea. way.
I don't have a definite route yet, but if chance and opportunity coincide I would enjoy opportunities to meet others from this forum. Also would appreciate and good spots for lodging and or dining both there and along the way. I'm sure there are several shouldn't miss places along the way.
Bronson.
One good place to stay near the Dragon is the Microtel in Robbinsville. Very biker friendly, with motorcycle parking and an outside hose and free rags (old towels) for cleaning and detailing your bike. Then there is that little place down the road that offers a small garage for your bike with every room. Haven't stayed there, though. The Foothills Parkway and Little River road are also good rides. And as KM said, Mad Maps are great.

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I've been there 4 times - once on a weekend. If you go at 8:00 AM, it is not crowded at all, and it is unlike any other road I have been on. Well worth the trip. As my brother said after the first time we rode it - "Well, I can see what all the fuss is about!"
Now, if I could go back to the early 80s when I worked at Fontana Dam and drove it daily I would agree with you 100%... But the last 2 times I rode it there were too many idiots ridin on it to suit me, but then I am more of a backwoods loner than most... I mostly wanted to suggest to Bronson that there are some very good other rides near there that are not near as crowded...
Just my opinion...
PS-As far as places to stay, I don't know, as I can borrow coffee too close to stay at a motel...lol...
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Now, if I could go back to the early 80s when I worked at Fontana Dam and drove it daily I would agree with you 100%... But the last 2 times I rode it there were too many idiots ridin on it to suit me, but then I am more of a backwoods loner than most... I mostly wanted to suggest to Bronson that there are some very good other rides near there that are not near as crowded...
Just my opinion...
PS-As far as places to stay, I don't know, as I can borrow coffee too close to stay at a motel...lol...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
I agree - two of the times I was there were in the middle of the day and there were way too many bikes, especially crazed crotch rockets who seemed intent on making a donation to the Tree of Shame. I even met an 18-wheeler once - barely able to squeak by on the edge. For those who haven't been there, you can google "trucks on the dragon" to get an idea of how dangerous it can be.

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