Monday, November 8, 2010

Smoky Mountain Vacation,Tail of the Dragon

When considering the thought of a Smoky Mountain vacation you most definitely want to include taking a drive on the Tail of the Dragon as my high school classmate and husband did. There is nothing like it. Suzanne and Jim Holden visited for 3 days to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. Jim wrote about their experience, one in which I would like to share.

A couple of weekends ago, wife Suzanne and I packed ERA3001 into the car trailer and headed south to the NC-Tenn Smokey Moutains on a trek to drive the "Tail of the Dragon". We stayed in an outstanding B&B in small town approximately 20 miles west of Asheville, NC. The next day we set out for our cruise in ERA3001 and spent some seven hours driving the roads in the Smokey Mountains, including the "Tail of the Dragon". The "Tail of the Dragon" is an eleven mile 300 plus turn undulating narrow two lane challenge of mountain highway. The foliage was in full color, the views spectacular and the roads, for the most part, in great shape (certainly compared to ours here in the NE) and relatively lightly traveled.

It did, however, appear that every motorcycle in the southeast, from Harley cruisers to rice burner - knee scrapers, was attempting to drive the "Tail" that Sunday afternoon, with a great disparity of speeds. So, we made the run once and then headed off in search of other roads.

ERA 3001 was just the car for this back road jaunt; cruising along without a hiccup. Once again I was reminded that for me, ERA had made my fantasy a reality.

Next year we plan to do it again, only this time, just in 3001 (Suzanne says that she will pack "lighter") and take a few more days to do it properly.


Here are a couple of websites to visit for anyone else planning to make the trek:

Thanks Jim and Suzanne! Our Waynesville North Carolina bed and breakfast will be waiting for your return next year.

Rachel Reid, Very Happy Innkeeper at Andon-Reid Inn our Bed and Breakfast in Waynesville, North Carolina My Zimbio
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