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Old 03-25-2011, 02:11 PM   #61
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Then it was time for one final ride through the Gap. As I headed up the hill I noticed that someone had left a thin line of some kind of fluid on the road. Probably just water, maybe draining from a boat, but it still made me nervous. I tried not to ride on it. I expected it to stop but it just continued. Then I saw the THP car with it's lights flashing. It was stopped at the site of an accident. Looked like a full dress Harley was involved. There was a woman sitting on the ground but it didn't look like any additional help was needed so I rode by. A little later a got stuck behind traffic.

Two cars and a motorcycle. Passing one slow moving car is not too difficult but three is a bit much. Notice the line of liquid on the road.



Rather than waste all those great curves I pulled over at Parson Branch to let the traffic get down the road.

I pulled out my camera and captured Broken Record riding by on his FZ1.



He was going so fast my camera couldn't focus in on him.

It couldn't possibly be my lack of skill as a photographer

Then an ambulance went by. I guess someone was injured in the Harley Wreck.



I continued on until I got stuck behind a large travel trailer. Time for another stop. I wasn't the only one still out having fun.



Then I continued on towards my truck. I eventually passed the travel trailer and discovered that it responsible for the line of water in the road.

I loaded my scooter into my truck and headed off.

This seemed like a fitting last picture to end a great day.

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Old 03-25-2011, 06:42 PM   #62
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great report

Great report. I go up there several times a year. I'm definitely going to check out 28 and Fontana Dam next time. I agree that some of the other local roads are actually better than 'the Dragon'. You probably helped Kymco sell some scooters. They should have sponsored you.
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Old 03-26-2011, 07:03 PM   #63
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+1 on the great report. I'm heading down that way in early April, so I hope the traffic is too bad yet. Guess I'll find out..............
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Old 03-27-2011, 02:21 PM   #64
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Good pictures & ride report. We always like riding in that area in the off season and especially during the week if we can. You can really see a lot of the rock formations & other interesting sights when the leaves are all gone.
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Old 03-28-2011, 04:48 AM   #65
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great report! thanks for the ride along :)
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Old 03-28-2011, 06:10 AM   #66
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You made the weekly killboy highlights (I think)! http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pqWIpM7OqZ...0/img_3838.jpg

That you?
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:02 AM   #67
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great report! thanks for the ride along :)
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Great report. I go up there several times a year. I'm definitely going to check out 28 and Fontana Dam next time. I agree that some of the other local roads are actually better than 'the Dragon'. You probably helped Kymco sell some scooters. They should have sponsored you.
Many people prefer 28 over 129.

A sponsorship from Kymco would be nice

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+1 on the great report. I'm heading down that way in early April, so I hope the traffic is too bad yet. Guess I'll find out..............
Good luck on your trip and on the traffic. If the traffic is heavy, it's still a neat place to meet other riders and check out all the bikes.
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:03 AM   #68
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great report! thanks for the ride along :)
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You made the weekly killboy highlights (I think)! http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pqWIpM7OqZ...0/img_3838.jpg

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Old 03-29-2011, 08:14 AM   #69
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As I mentioned, there were a ton of photographers at Deals Gap both days I was there. They all got some nice pics of me but I decided to go with one from Killboy because I have enjoyed looking at his highlights pics the last several years and figured he earned my business more than the others. Here's the one I got:


(photo by Killboy - www.killboy.com)

In case anyone is wondering why I am out sport riding wearing jeans, they are Kevlar reinforced Draggin Jeans and I was wearing armor underneath (knee/shin guards & hip pads)

I went there despite it being a weekend because it was March and I figured it would not be too crowded. According to Killboy, it was a slow weekend. He claims that it is often more crowded on weekdays because everyone is trying to avoid the weekend crowds.

Some stats for the trip: I rode 88 miles on Saturday and 201 on Sunday. That doesn't sound like much but 201 is the most I've done on the scooter on one day. Also consider this. I rode through Deals Gap 10 times. Thats over 3000 curves. All of the other roads I rode were also very twisty. I figure I rode at least 5000 curves

Anyway, I have learned that numbers can't really show how much fun a ride is. I had a great weekend and am glad that I had a chance to ride Deals Gap when it wasn't crowded. It may be a while before I attempt to go back.

For everyone who responded to my report; thanks. Even if I didn't respond to your post, I do read all the replies and they are appreciated.
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:24 AM   #70
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Great report! You're right, it was very quiet on Sunday. Meeting you inspired me to give the weekend bike trip a try. I have a report of my own coming up soon
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:58 AM   #71
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I flew out to Atlanta and rented a bike (BMWK1200LT) and road through Deal's Gap with my nearly 71 year old father. We were there the first week of March. What a fantastic place to ride a bike.

Your ride report did a great job of relaying how much fun the area is to ride.

FWIW, I actually prefered the ride on 28, back to Robbinsville better than 129, but I was on a heavy LT, not a scooter.
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:03 AM   #72
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Thanks for the report made for a nice lunch
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:14 AM   #73
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You've captured the essence of March riding thru Deal's Gap. Perfect days for riding - thanks for taking the time to write and post this!
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Old 03-30-2011, 09:27 AM   #74
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Great report! You're right, it was very quiet on Sunday. Meeting you inspired me to give the weekend bike trip a try. I have a report of my own coming up soon
Saw your ride report, nice writeup.



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I flew out to Atlanta and rented a bike (BMWK1200LT) and road through Deal's Gap with my nearly 71 year old father. We were there the first week of March. What a fantastic place to ride a bike.

Your ride report did a great job of relaying how much fun the area is to ride.

FWIW, I actually prefered the ride on 28, back to Robbinsville better than 129, but I was on a heavy LT, not a scooter.
You are not alone in prefering 28. I have talked to many riders who feel the same. BTW, 28 is a nice ride all the way into SC.



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Old 03-30-2011, 09:28 AM   #75
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You've captured the essence of March riding thru Deal's Gap. Perfect days for riding - thanks for taking the time to write and post this!
Are you sure we didn't talk? I was there on Saturday and Sunday. I remember talking to someone on a bike similar to yours from the Chicago Area.
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