Dear DragonHeads

Had the opportunity last Saturday to cruise out your way and partake in the unique challenges of "the Dragon's Tail". Couldn't get my car out of second gear, so I thought ... "this is pretty tight." Having a fondness for juggling numbers I tried to put "318 corners in 11 miles" into an easily understood format - the simple average. Granted I took broad liberties in standardizing corner geometry, but I think the results are interesting.

My idealized corner geometry is very simple:

1 - turn Entrance is straight of x distance

2 - turn Radius is constant - also of x distance

3 - turn Exit is straight - again of x distance

Using these "optimized" arbitrary proportions,

an "Average Dragon's Tail Corner" would be defined as follows:

1 - turn Entrance - 61 feet

2 - turn Radius - a 120 degree arc of constant 29 foot radius,

total radius length - 61 feet

3 - turn Exit - 61 feet

4 - the turn Entrance and turn Exit legs would be at a 60 degree

angle to each other

5 - Average Apex-to-Apex distance - 183 feet

6 - Straight line distance from Start to Finish of the 11 convoluted

miles - 6.7 miles

So, if the Dragons' Tail were "standardized", you would have

318 corners 183 feet apart, each with an Entrance/Exit angle of 60 degrees

and a corner radius of 29 feet.

THAT IS TIGHT.



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