In part, I posted the video link exactly because he wasn't the usual squid. Haven't really figured him out. Gloves and a jacket, decent helmet, on a moderately famous road (he didn't get to the really interesting parts), without a clue!! I have to wonder how he got there in the first place. We do have folks fail to negotiate the approach!! But squid he appears to be, even though his garb and age are incorrect.
Really shows the importance of setting up a turn and keeping a pace within one's limits. I've followed plenty of riders briefly who clearly weren't working at all, just sitting there gently talking to their bikes, and disappearing ahead! That's the kind of rider to be.
As mentioned above, for real paved civilized roads, the Dragon is much more technical than most, while still having a reasonable road surface. It is less scary than bicycling the Alps, or driving them in a big sedan, for that matter. Both I am familiar with. But it has its own charm and hazards. The upper section gets into some difficult to time areas, and gravity cavity surprises some. I believe a couple of fatalities there. Mr. Squid got nowhere near those parts of the Dragon, and didn't really get very deep into it. But really, it's just a named road. There are many others more beautiful, and a couple right near that prove much more challenging. A fatality on one of those just last week, I believe, one that I simply won't take a bike on any more!!!
Long ago, the resort used to be the Crossroads of Time - a run down micro-grocery with mounted fish. There were few motorcyclists, and on winter nights with a full moon one could crank through nicely, looking for headlights, the bears and the boars all hunkered down. I looked into buying the place when it came up for sale, and missed out on a real opportunity for simple lack of vision!!!!
Now midweek mornings are good, even in the summer, and early on the weekends is fine. Otherwise, weekends in the season tend towards zoo, with pirates and power rangers battling it out, the puzzled adventure folks, quietly breathtaking fellows on motards (the right bikes for such roads), and a few of us just trying to get home from North Carolina without having some squid toast us.
One thing the road offers, other than the chance for flatlanders to learn about hills and curves, is the opportunity to experience brain fade from turning overload. Those without an easy rhythm and near-instinctive setup tend to work very hard, and about 200 curves in they get a bit loose. Can see it happen if one is following. Sloppy entries, wobbles on exit. I back way off. I'm willing to pick up the pieces and direct traffic, but I don't actually like seeing people crash.
One of the many disturbing and funny things I saw a couple of years ago was a fellow on some cruiser dump his bike at the motorcycle resort trying to leave. It's up hill steeply leaving the parking lot, and he had yet to master clutch, brake, balance, and chewing gum. Got helped up in a huff, rocketed across the road and into the ditch by the entrance to the Tail of the Dragon. Again got helped up all tight and upset. Took off towards the Tennessee line at a furious pace. Well, not too furious given his bike, but fast for him. I didn't see him in the papers, so I guess he calmed down and made it.
Hope people stop naming the good roads!
And if you want a fun time, the six gaps or whatever they are in N. Georgia are likely a good time. Stay in Helen and drink beer. Or visit one of the several nude resorts. Saves on packing those pesky clothes!!
For more fun videos, look up mul . . . well, I'll just send anyone interested. Good way to see a lot of ways to not ride!!! This fellow's videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRXOf-9YJU0
I may just have to run over for breakfast tomorrow. Maybe put Becky on the Guzzi and have a short tour.