Labor Day Weekend – Tail of the Dragon!

Posted: September 6, 2010 in Photography

WOW!!!!! That is what I have to say about that! When I bought my 2007 Nissan 350Z 3 years ago, I was told I have to take it on ‘The Dragon’. I finally did, and it was AWESOME! That car handles like a dream.

For those not familiar with ‘The Dragon‘, it is 318 curves in 11 miles located in the mountains of western North Carolina, Robbinsville to be exact. They say it is the #1 road for motorcyles in the US. I saw quite a few sports cars, but mostly motorcycles. If you have a bike or a car with great suspension, I HIGHLY recommend adding this to your bucket list.

I will post some pics after I have them all downloaded. I took 500 pictures this weekend, so it will be a while.

On the way home, we drove what the locals refer to as ‘The Wayah‘.  It was as good as riding the Dragon. Steep climbs, switchback turns, steep descents, flat straightaways. It was scenic for the passenger as you travel along the banks of the Nantahalla River. This route takes you into Franklin, NC, then followed signs to Highlands, NC. The ride to Highlands was also a twisting mountain ride as we made our way to ‘Bridal Falls’. From there, we followed signs to Clayton, GA. Coming down from Highlands was a steep 10% grade down the mountain with a few tight turns, but mostly downhill into Dillard, GA. Then it was back to normal driving conditions.

What a great trip it was.  After riding 3 days in the mountains on those roads, it is going to suck driving in the Atlanta traffic.


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