2008 NEWS ARCHIVES:
DECEMBER 20, 2008: Three LEOs on the Dragon today in the rain. Surely there is more need for these units than watching a dozen cars cross the Dragon at 30 mph on a rainy winter Saturday.
NOVEMBER 19, 2008: The season for motorcycles is about over. Only the hardiest of riders can endure the winter temperatures that are here most days. Wednesday morning it was 23 and yesterday's high was only 37. There are occasional 60 degree days that riders can take advantage of if they can make a last minute decision to get here.
OCTOBER 28, 2008: A slower weekend at the Dragon as the season winds down for motorcycling. Morning temperature on the 28th is 30 degrees with snow flurries. Warmer temps are expected later in the week so plan for a good weekend Nov 1-2. Oh, by the way, Blount County TN residents can look for a half-cent increase in your local sales tax thanks to the excesses of the Blount County Sheriff at the Dragon this year. And with the state budget in disarray all Tennessee residents might be looking at a state income tax.
SEPTEMBER 30: We have plenty of gas in Robbinsville NC, at the Tallassee Store (6.5 miles north of the Dragon), and in Tellico Plains TN. Come on out and ride the Dragon & Cherohala Skyway !!
SEPTEMBER 19-21: Another busy weekend at the Dragon. We were surprised at the number of riders that we saw all over western North Carolina. This contrasted sharply with the lack of tourism we noted in Gatlinburn during the week. One would think that Tennessee would offer a better welcome to motorcyclists with tourism suffering in their normally packed Smoky Mountain area. We met a couple who run a motel in Townsend and they commented how the saturation of LEOs at the Dragon has hurt their business and other tourism industry places all over East Tennessee. One would think some government officials would do something about it.
BURMA SHAVE CONTEST WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK-END
June 6-9: Several rallies in the area had the roads packed with motorcycle traffic of all kinds. Lots of cruisers, sportbikes, standards, dual sports and motards. With the heavier traffic came a number of accidents that could have been avoided by riding smart. And it was hot with temps in the mountains even reaching 90 degrees.
May 23-26 : What a great holiday week-end on the Dragon. We had our own "Rolling Thunder" here at the Dragon with thousands of riders showing-up for the parade with flags flying. It was nearly non-stop during most of Saturday and Sunday with mostly cruisers and tourers, a lot of two-strokes, a good number of sport bikes, and a few motards and cars. The annual B.A.B.E. Rally brought some excitment on Saturday. From what we saw the enforcement by THP was reasonable.
May 9-11 : A fairly busy Friday and Saturday. The weather moved-in on Sunday an messed the road with limbs and leaves, but conditions improved in the late afternoon. For the most part a peaceful, uneventful weekend.
April 28: BULLETIN Motorcyle death on the Dragon - A 21 year old Hayabusa rider from Maryland became the first fatality of the year on the Dragon Monday night. Speed is said to have been a factor in the one vehicle accident near Parsons Branch.
April 16: Snow on the Cherohala April 15 at 5000 foot. This can happen at any time this month.
TAIL OF THE DRAGON EXCLUSIVE – The State of Tennessee is spending more than $200,000 of Federal Funds to add overtime patrols at the Dragon this summer. The Tennessee Highway Patrol received a $75,183.75 grant and the Blount County Sherriff Office is receiving $125,022.48. These grants began October 1, 2007 and will end on September 30, 2008.
April 11-13: It turned-out to be a good week-end in spite of the weather predictions. Lots of bikes took advantage including a large number of KLRs. There were two serious accidents in the area. Two riders in a single accident were air-lifted off the Cherohala last week after high-siding at mile 11 on the North Carolina side. Injuries did not sound life threatening. A female rider rode off of US 129 into the Cheoah River on Friday. Speed was not a factor but for some reason she overbraked and went off the road and into the river. PLEASE RIDE SAFE AND STAY ALERT
April 4-6: Rain on Friday and Saturday kept many riders away, but the VWs and Crossfires were here enmasse. Sunday was clear and the roads finally dried by early afternoon. Heard of a few warnings being issued by BCSO. They will be here every day so ride/drive accordingly.