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    NC Piedmont Rider ncstephen's Avatar
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    I guess that should have been stated.. good point RW.

    I do love the parkway and mountains in general at night but it is a time to really just motor along easily expecting to share nature with those that come out to play at night. Of course I hit one going < 15 mph in my cage one morning last November when she felt she really needed to catch up with me and then cut in front of me. ( I had all but stopped to watch her buck friend wander off as I was leaving the house) But then that is kinda like on I 40 each day to/fro work

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    Quote Originally Posted by nrpetersen View Post

    We stayed three days at the Chalet Inn at Dillsboro NC on the recommendation above. This was an absolutely wonderful tip. That B&B was the only facility we saw in NC that had the posted state issued cleanliness rating of a full 100%. She is Dutch and he is ex-military and both are very people oriented. I highly recommend this place to anyone.
    George and Hanneke are the nicest people! We very much enjoyed our visit with them and hope to go back again. I'm glad you got to experience their hospitality and see what a wonderfully quiet and beautiful place they have!

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    Did they finally pave the driveway at the Chalet Inn?

    We were there when they were getting ready to but still battling the neighbors. I had a little oops on my way up the driveway upon arrival and dropped my 650GS. Nothing serious and it fell into soft dirt. While my husband uprighted the bike, George insisted on driving up the driveway and bringing back the golf cart for me. Talk about making a grand entrance! Hanneke (whom I had never laid eyes on at this point) came running out to give me a big hug and make sure I was ok. During the next three days, she refused to allow me to navigate the long driveway on the bike and insisted she drive me up and down in the golf cart while Matt brought my bike down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newstar View Post
    Did they finally pave the driveway at the Chalet Inn?

    We were there when they were getting ready to but still battling the neighbors. I had a little oops on my way up the driveway upon arrival and dropped my 650GS. Nothing serious and it fell into soft dirt. While my husband uprighted the bike, George insisted on driving up the driveway and bringing back the golf cart for me. Talk about making a grand entrance! Hanneke (whom I had never laid eyes on at this point) came running out to give me a big hug and make sure I was ok. During the next three days, she refused to allow me to navigate the long driveway on the bike and insisted she drive me up and down in the golf cart while Matt brought my bike down.
    That sounds like Hanneke ..... They still have the steep driveway and only the lower part of it is paved. The top part is still crushed rock but I didn't have any problem with it going up two up with the LT. Going down was a little shaky on the crushed rock (still don't know how the linked ABS and I will get along) so I had my wife walk that little bit.
    Retired w 2005 K1200LT, 2000 R1100RT, & 1975 R90/6

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    There are indeed lots of folks on the Dragon, especially on weekends. And 2 up on an LT isn't the ideal way to do it- its among the twistiest paved public roads you'll ever see. Loads of crotch rockets, plenty of Harleys and about everything on 2 wheels if you wait long enough. Mixed in with locals hauling boats and work trailers over the hills, some car club guys, etc.
    In my view there are two reasons to ride it
    1) To see the whole scene. I'm not aware of anything else quite like it in the east.
    2) While I can think of a very few more obscure roads that are as twisty/tight, it is more of that than most, by far. As such, its not that fast. Sort of like an autocross course with elevation changes for motorcycles. Only the "cones" are trees or rock walls and slopes

    Yes there are some accidents- usually the folks playing too hard and sometimes floorboard scrapers. I read that one of the local jurisdictions decided to restrict ambulance service there meaning possibly longer runs to medical care if needed. And you'd better stay in the right lane because most corners are blind. And there are usually one or two of the local cops on it but they don't bother anyone who isn't well over what is reasonable.

    Its not a piece of pavement I'd want to ride every week but is unique and fun in its own way. Bikers make up the majority of visitors to Robbinsville at the NC end and are generally welcome in town for businss they bring.

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