As posted yesterday, the Tail of the Dragon is an 11 mile stretch of US 129 that runs from Tennessee to North Carolina, through the Smoky Mountains. Deals Gap is a motel/pub and grill/store "Motorcycle Resort" that serves the motorcycle-riding public and is located at Deals Gap, North Carolina. We concluded our drive of the dragon's tail by stopping at the Gap for a quick pit stop.
As noted yesterday, the myths abound, and there are tales of scores of riders killed every year, although other sources indicate it is only one or two--not minimizing the one or two, but it is a far cry from 20-30. According to the Blount County Rescue Squad, there is an average of 1400 vehicles per day, and an average of 2.5 deaths per year.
Next up, we'll mosey on down some more twisty turns to Cheoah Dam on the Little Tennessee River.