Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Walland Tennessee
Follow up ride
Instead of starting a new thread I'll just add to this one. So the wife and I finished our chores early yesterday and decided to just take a short ride, it was 70 degrees and blue skies. We figured we would give the Foothills Parkway a ride. We only had a notion of where that is. So the Parkway was beautiful, excellent views and minimal traffic. We come to the end of the road and decide to take a left to see the Fontana dam. Just minding our business and cruising along, the road gets tighter and turns start to get pretty tight. Traffic is roaring in the opposite direction and we wonder what's going on, about 50 turns into the stretch I realize we are on the Dragon. This is the second trip for the wife and she was riding great up until the time a handful of hyper bikes came ripping around the turn gobbling up half our lane. I'll admit it I about shit my pants. It shook the wife up big time she went rigid on the back and fought every turn the rest of the way. We stopped at Deals Gap to take a break and relax. Not wanting to tackle the Dragon again we decided to take another way home. Heading south on 129 we wound up on the Cherohala Parkway the temps quickly dropped to 50 and it was cold. We eventually came around to the south side of the mountain and the sun felt good, bringing temps back to 60. The views were simply stunning. The leaves were mostly gone on the north side of the mountain and lots of color still available on the south side. As we got into the flat lands the roads were very..... desolate. A couple of cops lay waiting in the 40 mph zones. But we were just cruising along enjoy the night. We picked up a route north and headed back to Maryville. All in all a good ride, we were sore and tired but it was a good experience. 150 miles later we were back home. I'm not sure I would do the Dragon again with the wife on board or even without her, it was a zoo. Maybe on a weekday it would be better.
2018 Goldwing tour
Gone but not forgotten...
2014 Cross Country
Ultimate seat and driver backrest, Vic passenger backrest, Custom pinstriping by Dave Davies
Lloyds PTS @+5, Lloyds air filter, PC-V, Miller Mufflers, Lloyds Dyno-Tune,
Lloyds quarter turn throttle ring, Victory HID's, RicZ lay down bracket, Barnett "Stealth" clutch cable
Last edited by kodiakwood2; 05-28-2019 at 12:32 PM.