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Old 06-23-08, 08:08 AM
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It's been about 40 miles and, we are starting to climb as we near the Tail of the Dragon.

Taking a short break before entering the Tail of the Dragon.

I can see why people are apprehensive about cycling this road. Over 300 turns in 11 miles and, full of motorcyles and fast sports cars wanting to flex their muscles. Too bad, because it is otherwise a great route to ride.

A rest stop at the high point on the Tail of the Dragon.

About half way through the Tail and, the NC sign greets us. We start a descent at this point and, it was exhilarating. On this descent we were met by the roaring engines and screeching tires of a Porsche and 300ZX pushing their cars to the limit. We were worried about an accident behind us as the cars roared on. But, on this road one can't take their attention off the immediate road ahead. Just as soon as you get through leaning hard and swooshing through one turn, you lean the other way to swoosh through the next.

Just outside the Tail, we run into a dam and power house along the way.

The main climbing begins as we get on the Cherohala Skyway. At the 2600 foot point all is well.

Some nice views as we climb.

I was still alive at the top of the Skyway but, it was difficult. This was the longest and steepest climb that I have done to date. Here I felt like I was on the top of the world.

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