Better than the Dragon....
My boss has been telling me about a road better than the famed Tale of the Dragon. If you don't know, the Dragon is US 129 in Deals Gap, TN. It's 318 turns in 11 miles of road. It has great scenery and is a fun ride. The biggest problem with the Dragon is it's fame. Everyone goes... it's crowded... the police are everywhere... sports bikes passing you and making things generally dangerous.
So, my boss keeps telling me that he knows of a road that is better. Yesterday me and a few friends ride up and meet him in North Wilkesboro, NC. We then ride up to Marion, VA. We take 16 out of Marion and ride to Tazewell, VA. That's pronounced Tazwell. All I have to say is I think he's right. Instead of 11 miles, it's 30 miles, over three mountains, nice newly paved roads, no traffic, no cops, lots of switch backs and tight turns. It was amazing. I didn't get a turn count. There were too many.
The only drawbacks... there is not enough traffic to keep the road completely clean. In several of the corners there was lots of gravel wash out. It was easily seen and avoided but it was there. When we were there yesterday the roads were still wet. Made me a little nervous. I'm not a seasoned corner carver. I still have 1 inch chicken strips on my tires. I would love to get rid of them but I'm just not ready to push it there yet.
All in all it was a great ride. If you are any where near VA, this road is worth the trip.