Click on the More options link in the map below to view the route details. We'll probably try to stay on secondary roads rather than highways.  After clicking on More options, you may have to select Options and check to avoid highways.
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Not to scare you, but click on the picture below to see the fatalities on the Tail of the Dragon since 1995.
Along the Tail of the Dragon there will be people taking pictures of you as you pass by them. Below is Dave Rosato on the Tail of the Dragon, October 2017, on his HD Screamin' Eagle Deuce.
Here is Lynn and Dave Rosato on the Tail of the Dragon on their HD Ultra Classic. (around 2010)
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Email me directly at or use the form below to let me know if you are interested.  We need to make reservations soon so contact me ASAP.
Bob Simons on his Norton
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Tail of the Dragon, Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah National Forest, Nantahala National Forest

A beautiful drive through the Smoky Mountains.  These are the kind of roads our LBC's were designed for!  You don't have to drive your LBC or even a car (motorcycles are fine). The Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap has 318 curves in 11 miles. It is America’s number one motorcycle and sports car road.  The Tail of the Dragon starts at Deal Gap, NC and ends in Tennessee.
All driving will be on back roads, no highways.  All vehicles (British, German, C8 Corvettes, motorcycles…) are allowed.  The minimum is fours days/three nights.  Rest days may be added, like after day 1.  Tentative dates are September 13 through 16, but it might extend to the 17th or 18th.

If you are interested, please let me know.  Email me directly at or use the form below.  We need to make reservations soon so contact me ASAP.  Please suggest alternate routes (no highways), accommodations or anything else.
If roads that look like this appeal to you, this drive is for you.  I will be driving my MGA, 77hp.  This drive will not be a race.  I like driving briskly, not fast.  We will stop at overlooks, water falls and anything else that looks appealing.  We will use the club walkie-talkies to keep in touch with each other.




 Time/distance for the day

 Sept 13

 Charleston to Rutherfordton, NC


 5 hours, 50 min, 265 miles


Pick up Cary Neill 205 Stapleford Park Drive, Greenville, SC

4.5 hours



 Emberglow Outdoor Resort 

1 hour 20 minutes


Sept 14

 Rutherfordton to Tail of the Dragon

 4 hours, 156 miles

 5 hours, 194 miles


 Tail of the Dragon to Townsend Gateway Inn

 1 hour, 38 miles


 Sept 15



 4 hours, 139 miles

Sept 16



 5.5 hours, 258 miles



Total miles

 854 miles


The current plan has us staying at Emberglow Outdoor Resort for the first and third night and Tremont Lodge & Resort the second night.  Emberglow Outdoor Resort has a two-night minimum so it will be booked for three nights.  It is too long of a drive to go to the Tail of the Dragon and back in one day.

Emberglow Outdoors Resort has Yurts, Tiny homes, Vintage Airstreams, tree houses and Pods. ($110 to $185/night)
The times assume taking back roads, even to and from Charleston.  If we took Route 26, to and from Charleston, the drive would be about 4 hours, not 5.5.  Most of Rt 26 is 70mph which is pushing my little A, but it can be done.  So this is an option.
Townsend Gateway Inn
8270 State Hwy 73, Townsend, TN