Re: Latest Trip to the Dragon
The Dragon is a complete blast when there is no traffic on it, when it's not wet, etc. Traffic is the main reason I have a hard time enjoying it. Unless you're on it really early or late in the evening, you're going to get stuck behind a camper, grandma/pa, garbage truck....something going WAY slower than what you want to do. I'm not saying treat it like a road course because it's not but 5mph turns any road into a boring drive. I enjoy the Skyway because of higher speed, better scenery, relaxed driving and less traffic.
With that said, yes...the Dragon is not due to re-open until the end of either June or July...I can't remember what the lady said at the Deal's Gap Motorcycle resort. Businesses on both sides (Deal's Gap Resort and Punkin' (place?) motorcycle hotel) are ticked off that TDOT has closed the entire stretch off. TDOT says this was due to the high probability of another slide which is understandable given that no less than 5 or 6 other roads in that area were closed as well. We ran across some smaller slides in a few areas that didn't affect the road. The area relies heavily on tourists and without them, they will suffer. A lot of places are running on skeleton crews and laying people off. If you can/want to go, do so. The area could really use the business and most places will bend over backwards to get you there and keep you happy. We got a free night's stay at the Microtel in the "suite". I'm sure my GF and I (maybe a few others) will return in the fall when everything is open and the leaves begin to change (truly a sight).