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#1 Motorcycle Highway in the USA
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Tail of the Dragon: Top Motorcycle Roadway
This 11-mile road of Highway 129 goes from North Carolina to Tennessee with 318 curves. The road looks a little like a dragon's tail if you use your imagination.
It starts in North Carolina in Robbinsville. It goes along the southwestern part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. After Deals Gap at the NC / TN border, the curves get wilder and wilder. It ends in Tennessee where the Little Tennessee River meets Chilhowee Lake. An exciting ride for motorcycle enthusiasts.
The highway goes through the mountains of western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. In 2011 the road had an average of 1,265 vehicles a day. There is a lot more traffic in the summer. In the winter there are not a lot of cars and trucks going through but the weather makes it worse.
In cold weather there can be snow and ice that make the driving dangerous. And all year you have to deal with various wildlife such as deer, bear, turkey, hedgehogs, squirrels, wild boar...you name it. There can be tractor-trailers going around curves that take up the entire highway...so watch out.
Some people do get killed riding this road. In 2012 four people died. The scenary is beautiful but you'll want to pay attention to the road. The speed limit is 30 miles per hour. It is a thrilling ride that many talk about for years to come.
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