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Gonna do Deals Gap end of August. Anyone who has ridden it have any tips? I am bringing the VFR and Goldwing most likely. There are several routes, anyone have a particular favorite? I've done Blue Ridge a few times, but this is going to be a bit more aggressive and i wsant to be as prepared as I can be.

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The Cherohala skyway is amazing
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search deal's gap on here. there's dozens of posts about this.

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The Cherohala skyway is amazing
A HUGE +1, much more enjoyable and less traffic than the Gap itself. I loved the Skyway but be ready for the altitude to mess with your Fuel Injection... no more wheelies at 6k feet. Best riding I have done short of track time.

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A HUGE +1, much more enjoyable and less traffic than the Gap itself. I loved the Skyway but be ready for the altitude to mess with your Fuel Injection... no more wheelies at 6k feet. Best riding I have done short of track time.
Right, was going to ask about the altitude. On the VTX, using the lower octane fuel helps quite a bit. Unsure about the VFR or Goldwing, though. I know it will be a drain to some degree, but how fast can you really go on any of those routes anyways? I was considering an alternative to The Dragon, but my buddy is dead set on it.

I'll do a little search and see wha I can dig up. Thanks again.

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When you get into Tn stop at a truck stop (Pilot carries them) and look for a DeLorme Map book. They are very detailed and have all the secondary roads.
Great for planning routes.

The Gap is great but there are so many great roads in the area that are just as much fun but with far less traffic and law. North Ga, NC, and even WV will all put you in danger of wearing out a set of tires before you leave! Have fun.

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Definitely make sure to take NC28 south out of the gap. Then stay on it and take it south of US74. That section south of 74 is excellent! I also thoroughly enjoyed the protions of the blue ridge parkway that I was on near there. The roads to/from the BRP are fun as well.

Oh, hit the dragon early and late. There is much less traffic then. Also, traffic really isn't that bad during the week. I really did enjoy riding the dragon, even with the traffic. The tight technical stuff can be so much fun. It also can be hard work.

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The Cherohala skyway is amazing
+1, probably my favorite along with Blue ridge. Both have some technical spots but also have nice sweepers where you can really open it up.
It is a cycle mecca as far as roads go over there. My only complaint is the amount of blind turns, seemed like 60% of the turns are blind.

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Awesome! This is the stuff I was needing. Thanks gang. I'm all hyped up. It will be a week-long trip. Driving out on a Saturday, riding Sunday - Friday, then returning the following Saturday/Sunday. I am guessing we will put on about 1000 miles easily by my estimates. The plan is to leave the vehicles somewhere central, head North, come back, then head south and come back. We;ll see how it goes. I'll probably do half on each bike.

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I had jrock as my Julie McCoy and he directed us all over - J, what is the run we took along the river to get to the gap? Also, what was that tight ass run we took on the way to that backward ass country fuck store where I was delighted to see Grape Nehi? The one that was wet and rocky but a blast to rail on?

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Suggest picking up MadMaps Smoky Moutain edition:
http://www.madmaps.com/store/product...products_id=38

Don't worry if you can't get it by the time you leave....just about any cycle store or gas station in the area will have them. One of the best kept alternatives to the Dragon is known as Devil's Triangle. I'd tell you where, but then I'd have to kill you! J/k...it's all right there in the Mad Maps.

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28 from 19/74

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Also, what was that tight ass run we took on the way to that backward ass country fuck store where I was delighted to see Grape Nehi? The one that was wet and rocky but a blast to rail on?
221 between blowing rock and grandfather mountain.

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There really are no bad roads. Went to Suches Ga, and to the Highlands NC as side trips, great roads everywhere. Just go and get lost.

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221 between blowing rock and grandfather mountain.
Hoot, dare it is!

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