Driving the Dragon & Other Holiday Adventures

We left home very early Saturday morning for our October trip south to Hilton Head.  Saturday was a fairly uneventful trip southward (927 km) to Cincinnati, Ohio.

Our first real adventure took place on Sunday when we went through the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina.  Along the southwestern edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a section of US129 known as the Dragon (or Dragon’s Tail or Tail of the Dragon).  It is known as a motorcycle and sports car enthusiast’s delight with 318 curves over 11 miles.  Driving this was one of my goals and Carol agreed to indulge me.

Carol agreed to take some video of us as we drove the road.  It has several breaks as we stopped occasionally to wait for motorcycles, who were slowing us down, to get ahead.  The last video section stopped abruptly as we faced a medical emergency where the videographer suffered a conflict between breakfast and motion.  In any event, she did a great job and you can get a flavour for the drive from this video.

After driving this stretch, there still remained a very beautiful couple of hours along slightly winding roads, up and down through the mountains. Here are some pictures that Carol took of that part of the trip.

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