Good post Jerryes.
Historically more deaths occur on the Cherohala Skyway for any given year. Higher speeds + guard rails = very dangerous low sides. Added to the fact that medical attention can easily be over an hour away, and things are stacked against the wreck victims favor.
But it never gets the attention of the dragon.
One of my favorite roads in the area is Wayah rd. It has many blind hairpins, and frequently the road surface sucks due to gravel, busted pavement etc.
The dragon is immaculate. One of the smoothest twisty road surfaces you will find anywhere. Its well maintained, and thanks to the efforts of Killboy and the like, is quickly cleaned of debris that could cause riders problems.
Yet it's the big problem......at least according to all the media attention it gets.
Which brings me to the funny part. Back in early 2004, when i was just getting comfortable with riding in the mountains, I had no clue what "the dragons tail" was. I hadn't started hanging out with a lot of mountain riders yet, and really hadn't spent much time on web forums.
It was a local news story about an Atlanta metro rider that got killed on the dragon, that first brought the road to my attention.
I did a little research to find out where it was, and what it was all about.
is a great informative website)
Just a few months later, I was riding the dragon. And loving every minute of it.