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Old 08-03-2009, 01:39 PM   #1
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Default US 129 TN/NC state line

After camping at a lovely spot in Franklin, North Carolina, my wife wanted to go to spend a few nights near Nashville, Tennessee. After consulting map and GPS and wanting to avoid the tourist mecca that is Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, I innocently decided on State Highway 28 and US 129 through the mountains. Little did I know that this stretch is known to motorcyclists world over and includes the "Tail of the Dragon": eleven miles with 318 curves and some double digit grades!

I am certainly not suggesting that anyone take this route. However, once you've checked the weather, oil, water, brakes, tires, shocks, nerves, marriage license, eyesight and reaction time... Another reason to go Class B!

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Old 08-04-2009, 12:39 AM   #2
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Thanks for the discovery. It sounds like my kind of road!

BTW, on your way to Nashville, I might suggest Tenn. stateCumberland Mountain at Crossville and Natches, on west off of Mile Post 116 of I-40. Oh, and if lyou haven't done the Natchez Trace south, that's nice too. Ends at a nice Mississippi state park at Natchez.
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Old 08-04-2009, 03:49 AM   #3
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See http://www.tailofthedragon.com for the whole story.

Thanks for the suggestions. We spent two nice days at Cages Bend, a Corps of Engineers campground north of Nashville. Then down the Trace to Tupelo before truckin' too close to New Orleans and home. Bad news -- the Gulf Coast has the heat and humidity market cornered.

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