Apparently the only way to describe a list of items you wish to accomplish before you die is to call it your “bucket list”. So over the long boring and wet weekend I came up with a couple of bucket list trips.
The Gravel Dragon
The Tail of the Dragon is a stretch of road that connects North Carolina to Tennessee south of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, with 318 curves in 11 miles and no driveways or intersections. The Gravel Dragon is a twistier road running near the paved road version in Deals Gap. It’s not for everyone but if you ride in the dirt this is a road for you.
The “Mother Road” or Route 66 was the lifeline of the nation, connecting East with West and carrying family after family on summer vacations. Massive 8 lane highways replaced the road and each year there is less and less of the original Route 66 left to ride. The nostalgia of seeing old full service stations, motels, and all of the kitsch sellers that you used to dot the road fallen to ruin is both humbling and sad. Whether you believe people or Government create jobs one thing you can be certain of is Government destroys jobs. If this trip is on your list do it sooner rather than later. If you see me make sure to wave.
On a happy note there are enough travelers following the old Route 66 that many places have been restored for tourists to see. It also means they are hotels and gas within easy riding distances.
I’m not talking California specifically, although it would be part of the trip. I mean riding the Pacific Coast highway from the South to the North into Washington State. Coastal air in your face for the entire trip, wind, rain, sun, surf, and sand.
My bucket list isn’t for everyone so tell us what your trips are. Who knows maybe we will change each others choices! In the mean time Ride On!