Leaving the Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge this morning…..
Arriving at Deals Gap, Highway 129, one of the best known motorcycle roads in North America….and also one of the deadliest, 43 people killed since 2007 since they started keeping track (and the data is out of date by 3 years).
“Designated US 129, the road is bordered by the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest, with no intersecting roads or driveways to hamper your travel. It is considered “the destination” for thousands of motorcycle and sports car fans.”
The tree of shame, where you do not want to be famous….your bike parts are displayed here if you crash….
Southbound we conquered it too…but Mike was first on scene for a 75 year old guy who did not have a good day….broken tib/fib and an airlift to hospital. Mike did a great job of keeping him calm, getting the roads blocked off and getting 911 on the scene…I had the thrill of waiting for Mike at the bottom, hoping that he was not the one who crashed, when he did not show up a few minutes after me. No problem, as Mike sent a guy in a car down to the parking lot to tell the “Lady in bright yellow” that Mike was ok.
We got this dragon tamed!
Our next ride is along the Blue Ridge Parkway from the very bottom in Cherokee, North Carolina.
To our arrival at the Balsam Mountain Inn…it’s late and we are hungry!