I meant to post this yesterday but was just so tired. Slaying a dragon is hard work!
I live in Tennessee. There’s a lot of mountains and hills here. And where there’s mountainous terrain, there’s curvy roads. And the most famous and best road to take a motorcycle or sports car on is here, and its called “The Dragon” or the “Tail of the Dragon,” depending on who you ask. Why is it the best road? Because there are…
318 curves in 11 miles!
So anyone who has ridden it and survived, becomes a dragon slayer. At least, that’s how I see it. When I got my Mini Cooper in January, I knew I had to take it on that road. What a ride that was! Needless to say I was gripping the wheel pretty hard and kept my eyes firmly on the road the entire time. It’s not just the amount of curves, but the fact that these curves are also in the mountains. And if you drive off the road, you could end up going down said mountain the short way. But it was such an awesome drive because Mini Coopers handle the roads really well. It has amazing turning capabilities.
Well, driving the dragon on a motorcycle is even better, and my uncle happens to own one. He decided to add The Dragon to his bucket list and finally made the drive down here from Indiana to take the drive. And of course, I got to go with him. Now, I haven’t been on the back of a motorcycle since I was like 7 or 8, so I was slightly nervous. But heck, as soon as we got on the road and headed down there, the nervousness faded and I had an absolute blast! As the passenger, I got to enjoy the scenery and pose for the camera men that sit on the sides of the road throughout The Dragon and take professional photos. You can then purchase those online.
No, I didn’t actually drive The Dragon this time, but it still counts! Being the passenger, I still have to pay attention and lean with the drive in order to maintain balance. So I’m the co-dragon slayer for this round. And at the end of the 11 miles there’s a “tree of shame” for all those drivers that weren’t so fortunate. It’s spattered with motorcycle parts, filling the whole trunk of the tree and even some hanging from branches. I think I’ve even spotted a few burn marks.
If you’d like to see more pictures from the trip, just click my Flickr link on the side there.
It was an awesome day all together. Slayed a few dragons, ate lunch, treated my uncle to Sonic, then gave his bike a badge of honor (in the form of an awesome window decal). I would highly recommend this drive to anyone with a motorcycle or sporty car.
Be warned. It’s dangerous after all. But when was there ever a time when slaying a dragon wasn’t? 😀