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Old 05-06-2014, 04:03 AM   #1
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KrazE100 - Going dragon hunting

A bit over 24 hours from now I'll be on the road to the Tail of the Dragon from Chicago riding my KE100. I have 5 days to get down there, play and return. I'm hoping a day and a half between home and dragon, which would allow me a half day when I arrive, a full day and a half day before I head home to play.

I've been loaned a video camera, so hopefully I can capture decent video of some of the interesting roads in the area.

Here's what I'm thinking will mostly be my route at the moment. (Some reason Google won't map Parsons Branch Rd between the Cades Cove Loop and Deals Gap.)

Chicago to Deals Gap
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Old 05-06-2014, 04:21 AM   #2
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A bit over 24 hours from now I'll be on the road to the Tail of the Dragon from Chicago riding my KE100.


KE100? "You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din."

The Dragon is fun (and an obligatory stop - sorta like being a Catholic in Rome and visiting the Vatican), but it's just one of the MANY great roads in the area. The Cherohala Skyway comes to mind.

A great mini loop is from the Gap down 129 (past "The Fugitive" dam) to Robbinsville, 140 towards Stecoah and then 28 past the Fontana Dam back to the Gap. 28 by itself is almost enough reason to go there.

Not much accommodations at the Gap, but there's lots in Robbinsville and, of course, the Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge (they have tent spaces & cabins) in Stecoah.

Have a great ride
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Old 05-06-2014, 04:25 AM   #3
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Your nuckin futz. Have a great time!!
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Old 05-06-2014, 04:54 AM   #4
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Luckily, I'm fairly familiar with the area. Until a few years back I had close family nearby (Cades Cove descendant) and I've done beatermobile road rallies through the area too. That bit of 32 East of Gatlinburg on my map we like to call "The Ass of the Antelope" and entails a mandatory stop at the defunct Jim's Junk store.

I mapped the loop you suggested, looks fun. I'm also planning on doing an out and back on the Dirt Dragon (Tatham Gap Rd).

I'll be camping or if I'm lucky, couch surfing.
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Old 05-06-2014, 05:02 AM   #5
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Let's see your mule! and best wishes for a great adventure
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Old 05-06-2014, 05:59 AM   #6
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Old, still needs work, but lots of fun.

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Old 05-06-2014, 06:47 AM   #7
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:02 AM   #8
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Old, still needs work, but lots of fun.

"Old, still needs work, but lots of fun."

That's exactly what my wife says!!!!
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Old 05-06-2014, 01:13 PM   #9
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I`ll loan you my Tomos moped to get home on. Bring extra pistons.

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Old 05-06-2014, 02:39 PM   #10
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That bit of 32 East of Gatlinburg on my map we like to call "The Ass of the Antelope"
Spent some time in Cosby a while back, that 32 is more fun than you can poke a stick at, and practically no traffic.
I am jealous... 32 is an awesome, awesome piece of hooligan road.
Right at the state border between Tenn and NC, up in the trees on the right (about 10 foot off the road) is a very old slab of stone marking the border. Right where the Appalaician [sp?] Trail crosses the road. Worth the 30 seconds spent to find it for a quick look.

Enjoy the ride you mad bastard!
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Old 05-06-2014, 04:26 PM   #11
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Trying to figure out what I need to bring and how to load it. Keeps crossing my mind that this is a far trip for my first multi-day. Oh well, whatever happens it will be an adventure.


Does this pic work? Should be a pic of the KE loaded to go.

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Old 05-06-2014, 04:51 PM   #12
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Multi day trip on a KE100? I am in
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Old 05-06-2014, 06:05 PM   #13
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I gotta see this, Enjoy the adventure.
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Old 05-06-2014, 06:38 PM   #14
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Oh man, absolutely IN on this one!

This could be epic !

Hope you're staying safe out there.

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Old 05-07-2014, 08:12 PM   #15
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LOVE the milk crate! Can't wait to see stories from the road. Safe travels!
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