Alongside The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
(I saved exploring the park in depth for the return trip)
Scenic Foothills Parkway in Tennessee
And the highlight of the day:
The Tail of the Dragon! US129 near Deals Gap, TN and the South Caroline border. For those who don't know about this incredible road, it has 318 turns in a matter of 11 miles and is hailed as one of the best motorcycle and sports car roads in the world.
This was the most fun I've ever had driving my car. Engine revving, tires burning, axles rubbing, fenders rubbing, the car smelling like burnt rubber. It was AMAZING! For anyone who's even remotely near, you have to drive this road. I don't care how far you have to travel. There are even motels nearby in the $20 range so you have no excuse.
Now, a picture won't really do this road justice. So I spent most of the day yesterday creating this video. The camera is old and footage is shaky but nonetheless, I hope everyone has a chance to enjoy it.
So I finished the entire 11 miles, put down the cameras, and breathed a sigh of relief and satisfaction. I had survived! Started heading back and the attention and alertness had faded. Well wouldn't you know it, I took a corner too fast and went off the road. It's hard to describe my feelings at that moment, running your pride and joy off a back Tennessee country road. I thought the car was going to be wrecked so far from home but kept myself from panicking and got all 4 wheels back onto pavement. Luckily there was a pullout right away.
This is the one that did me in:
Digging into the gravel
Apparantly I'm not the only one since there were lots of scrapemarks on the pavement from others too
The pavement height was higher than it looks in the pic
The car left it's mark on the pavement
Pavement in the engine bay
The pans had fresh paint on them before I left so all these marks are from that corner
New battle scars
But nothing broken! Nothing leaking, nothing bent, nothing I had to fix or get towed for so I was lucky. The car took it like a champ and continued on like nothing happened. And now I have an interesting story to tell.
(I just taught myself how to make a gif!)
Rest Area for the night in Alabama
Modified by LG6R at 2:11 PM 11-17-2009