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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-01-2010, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Dragon's tail trip - Labor day weekend

My buddy (in his Cayman) and I (in my AR 2006 Elise) making a trip across the Smokies this labor day weekend. We start at Asheville, NC on Sunday morning and make our way to Bryson City by nightfall. On the plan is the via duct, Little Switzerland with the 226 loop, Blue Ridge Parkway, 151 and 215 routes. Monday, we head further west towards 129 (Dragon's tail) and the Cherahola Skyway , finishing the day at Knoxville, TN. Tuesday, I drive back to Michigan :-)

If any other Lotus owners are going be around in that area, PM me. Regardless, I am sure I will see some Lotus's down there!

Also, would love some tips for my first LONG road trip with the Elise. What should I keep in mind as essential items to carry along?
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Have fun and be safe! As has become the usual, only parade laps on the Dragon, as it's become a big source of THP's income these days.

Of course, the other roads in the area are more fun anyways.

Travel tips:
*Bring a towel and keep it behind your seat.
*If it rains you'll likely get dripping from the roof.
*Also bring a tire plug repair kit; because if you bring it you likely won't need it!
*Drinks and snacks in the car are your discretion, but if you do, make sure drinks have screw-tops and snacks are not flaky, powdery, or otherwise messy.
*If you have an '05 Elise, plan on taking chiropractic breaks every 2 hours and prepare come-backs from your Cayman buddy.
*Plan on driving down with me next May for the MINIs on the Dragon. I bring my Exige, the time of the year is perfect [not too hot, no bugs yet], and the MINI folk are great fun.

Have fun!

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I so wish I could join you! I'm stuck in the southwest and only a three week roadtrip would do it justice!

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Little Switzerland was a really cool drive. If you have a chance try to make it to the Moonshiners 28. I thought it was a great drive not quite as tight as the dragon but you can keep the speeds up a little higher than the Dragon.

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We plan on hitting the Dragon Monday and heading back to Indy that afternoon. I will pm my contact info.

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I live around Charlotte. Wish I could make it, but I've got a bunch of work to do on my Formula 600. Awhile back I put together a list of various twisties in NC. Looks like you already have some good ones on your list. Have fun and keep it safe.

Tail of the Dragon US 129
Starts: Intersection of 28 and US 129 north west of Robbinsville, NC.
Ends: Near Chilowee Lake
Best Direction: Both

Pisgah Highway 151
Starts: Intersection of US 23 and 151 West Southwest of Asheville, NC
Ends: Blue Ridge Parkway
Best Direction: Uphill to the Blue Ridge Parkway

Ceasar's Head Highway 276
Starts: Intersection of 8, 11, and 276 west of Cleveland, SC
Ends: Brevard, NC
Best Direction: Uphill from SC to NC

Balsam Grove NC 215 (This is a Monster of 32 miles!!!!)
Starts: Intersection of US 64 and NC 215 just west of Rosman, NC
Ends: Intersection of US 276 and NC 215 east of Waynesville, NC
Best Direction: from south to north

Hell Bender (Baby Dragon) NC-28
Starts: Intersection of US 74 and NC 28 southwest of Bryson City, NC
Ends: Franklin, NC
Best Direction: South into Franklin

Thunder Road NC 1310 (Don't follow to close as there tends to be a bit more gravel than other roads, but this one should not be missed)
Starts: Intersection of Patton Road and 1310 west of Franklin of US 64
Ends: at US 74 in Beecher Town, NC
Best direction: east to west

Roan Mountain NC 261/TN 143
Starts: Intersection of NC 226 and 261 in Bakersville, NC
Ends: at US 19E in Roan Mountain, TN
Best direction: North to Roan Mountain

Rough Ridge/Blowing Rock/Grandfather Mountain (Blowing Rock) US 221
Starts: Intersection of US 221 and NC 105 in Linville, NC
Ends: Intersection of US 221 and US 321 in Blowing Rock, NC
Best Direction: Both ways

Pisgah Forest US 276 (Be carefull, lots of swimmers, hikers, etc on the side of the road)
Starts: Intersection of US 276 and US 64 just north of Brevard, NC
Ends: Intersection of US 276 and Blue Ridge Parkway
Best Direction: unknown

Singecat Ridge NC 80
Starts: Intersection of NC 80 and US 70 just west of Marion
Ends: Intersection of NC 80 and Blue Ridge Parkway
Best Direction: North to the Blue Ridge Parkway

Jonas Ridge NC 181
Starts: Intersection of NC 181 and US 70 in Morganton, NC
Ends: Intersection of NC 181 and Blue Ridge Parkway
Best Direction: North to the Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway (Strictly for sight seeing DON'T SPEED FEDERAL OFFENSE!!!!)
Starts: Intersection of Blue Ridge Parkway and US 441 in Ravensford, NC
Ends: Intersction of Blue Ridge Parkway and US 221 in Rutherwood, NC

Wards Gap Road
Starts: Intersection of Bradshaw Road and Old NC 18 near Camp Creek, NC
Ends: Intersection of Wards Gap Road and Old NC 18 north of Ramsey, NC
Best Direction: South to North

Little Switzerland NC 226A
Starts: Intersection of NC 226, NC 226A and Blue Ridge Parkway east of Little Switzerland, NC
Ends: Intersection of NC 226 and NC 226A north of Woodlawn, NC
Best Direction: North to South

Moorefield Highway US 178
Starts: Intersection of US 178 and SC 11 just east of Sunset, SC
End: Intersection of US 178 and US 64 in Rosman, NC
Best Direction: North to Rosman

Brushy Mountain Road NC 1001
Starts: Intersection of US 421 and NC 1001 (Brushy Mountain Rd/Oakwoods Rd.) in Wilksboro, NC
Ends: Intersection of NC 1001 and NC 1446 (Brushy Mountain Rd and Linneys Mill Rd)
Best Direction: Unknown

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Heading over to Cashiers so I may very well be in the area. I have never driven the Dragon but would like to do so - seems like it would be crowded this weekend.

Little Switzerland was a great run - highly reccomended.


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We will be doing the dragon this spring! and we have a tourguide! Our friend has a place right there he rents to bikers, but it's ours for the weekend!
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