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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-28-2018, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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"Back of the Dragon"

So every year a bunch of friends of mine (and some people I'd gladly leave in a ditch) ride down to Tennessee from NYC. Usually we do the Blue Ridge Parkway down. But looking to maybe change things up a bit and I stumbled across https://www.virginia.org/listings/Ou...ckoftheDragon/

Anybody done the road? Worth the trip?

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Never been there. Might be OK. But be aware that while the speed limits are higher, these are poor counties and you are the revenue. And while a Federal ticket is seriously bad news, at +10 I'd take my chances with a park ranger any day.

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16 thru virginia is a great road!

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There are a lot of roads in the area much better than the dragon. Check out the Cherohala Skyway near the dragon. Much longer, not as tight, more variety, better scenery.
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You might also want to try US421 'the Snake' if you should be anywhere Mountain City Tn.
http://www.thesnake421.com/snake-421-ride-information/
You can add a couple of other roads in the area if you want to make it interesting (or less of a loop)
I also vaguely recall routes 219 & 33 ( in Monongahela Forest), then Rts61 and 58 heading into that Tazewell general area being interesting and scenic, but the BRP is really nice.
But it was a while ago so YMMV

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The Back of the Dragon (VA 16) is one of the "must do" roads if you're a serious rider. In fact most of the roads all around there are fantastic riding. You should also be considering The Dragon, The Snake, The Rattler, The Devil's Triangle and the Cherohala Skyway. Heck, you can find better roads in West Virginia and not have to travel as far as the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Just to be clear, we're talking roads for varsity riders. There is a tremendous difference between the skills required to ride VA 16 and the Blue Ridge Parkway. RVs can travel on the BRP. The Back of the Dragon, not so much. Ride safe.

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There are a lot of roads in the area much better than the dragon. Check out the Cherohala Skyway near the dragon. Much longer, not as tight, more variety, better scenery.
This is a Virginia "Dragon" road. We don't bother with Deals Gap anymore. Too much hassle.

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The Back of the Dragon (VA 16) is one of the "must do" roads if you're a serious rider. In fact most of the roads all around there are fantastic riding. You should also be considering The Dragon, The Snake, The Rattler, The Devil's Triangle and the Cherohala Skyway. Heck, you can find better roads in West Virginia and not have to travel as far as the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Just to be clear, we're talking roads for varsity riders. There is a tremendous difference between the skills required to ride VA 16 and the Blue Ridge Parkway. RVs can travel on the BRP. The Back of the Dragon, not so much. Ride safe.
BRP is our scenic way down. A chance to get some leans in under relatively controlled circumstances before tackling the more challenging roads down south.

We've done, either separately or together, the Tail of the Dragon (Deals), the length of the BRP, the Cherohala, Little Switzerland and the like.

Will check out the Snake, Rattler and Triangle. Always looking to add to the collection of experiences. Thanks.

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I second the West Virginia option. I usually just tend to head west from 81 and try and get lost. Have ridden some awesome roads and seen some beautiful scenery.

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