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    The Tail of the Dragon

    This was posted on another Porsche Forum. Anyone here had the pleasure of driving "The Tail of the Dragon"?

    "WOW!! I imagine this magnificient 11+ mile stretch of twisting turning road - the Tail of the Dragon - has been a topic of discussion before, but I had never heard of it until I happened to find myself vacationing very close by last week along the southern border of the Smokey Mountains. Fortunately, I had my new C4S handy and had just recently topped 2000 miles on the odometer, so I was able to fully enjoy myself with several runs on a couple of different days. Dweiser, I take it you've had the opportunity to experience this thing? It's difficult for me to imagine a better stretch of road to experience the FULL handling capabilities of a 911, gotta be one of the top 5 best public road stretches in the world to test your porsche, if not THE best.
    Also, the good word is that the car seemed to top everything on the road! It was mostly various motorcycles making the runs (aka, crotch rockets I'm told), and I initially thought there would be no way the 997 could hang with some of those boys. But, I drove behind a couple of different rocket groups, and honestly, I had to hold back 15-20% to keep from running up on them through the turns. I was pushing that much harder when I had the road to myself! 2 different beemers were not even close. Fantastic experience, it'll reinforce your original purchase decision (as if); not that I had time to look at myself in the rearview, but I do know I had a wall-to-wall grin on my face during half of each run (I also seem to recall feeling a stretched facial expression of terror the other half of the time!). Do try it if you ever get out that way (just google tail of the dragon); hopefully, will get some cool pictures to share."

    My response ...... Thanks very much for posting your drives on "The Tail of the Dragon". I must confess that although I live in the area (I'm in western NC) I've not made it over to "The Dragon" yet BUT I MUST!! Here are some URLs of it including one (last URL) from a Cayman driver.
    http://www.tailofthedragon.com/
    http://www.tailofthedragon.com/dragon.html
    http://www.mensjournal.com/adventure/0608/road_tennessee.html

    Re: The Tail of the Dragon

    Here's another drive close to The Dragon, the Cherohala Skyway.
    http://www.tailofthedragon.com/cherohala.html

    Re: The Tail of the Dragon

    Cogito, being relatively new to TN (40 miles from Chattanooga) and in the final leg of waiting for my C4S I found your post to be mouthwatering!

    The Tail is about 160 miles from us and I'm sure to take the trip.

    Thanks for the informative post.

    Re: The Tail of the Dragon

    Woaw... I' d love to drive that road. Nice curves, good tarmac , great scenery.... I have to keep that in mind if I have the chance to be around there someday

     
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