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Offline DeansZG

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Re: Heading to the Smokey Mountains around may....?'s
« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2013, 09:29:53 pm »
If you like hokey shops with silly rubber tomahawks and hillbilly rain gauges and the like made in China, outlet stores filled with wide eyed blue hairs bussed in to buy big sweatshirts with teddy bears on them that say where they've been, minivans clogging the 4 lane roads trying to get to McDonalds and traffic to put many a big city to shame, sure, go to Gatlinburg/Pidgeon Forge/Cherokee, if not, stay WAY away, like, if you can, don't even ride through it at any time, totally circumvent it. No matter when you go, its truly sad. I would though go to Sieverville, big knife store there.

 Yes, sadly, G'burg isn't what it used to be.  Even though the wife & I are sad to see what it's become, we still enjoy our yearly (since '76) pilgrimage there for a long weekend. There's 2 or 3 shops that are still owned by the locals (that sell LOCALLY made CRAFTS) that we like to browse through, other than that it is merely a place for us to get a cheap motel room for the real reason we visit the area & that's the National Park. Yes, we've stayed in the surrounding cities but always end up in the burg.
 Unfortunately, I can forsee the day that the park will prevent motor vehicle traffic into certain areas similar to Yellowstone & Yosemite, & if you want to go into those areas, you'll have to do it on a bus or by walking or bicycling. When that happens, I guess we'll just quit travelling there, cause I don't do buses!
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Re: Heading to the Smokey Mountains around may....?'s
« Reply #16 on: March 19, 2013, 11:08:14 am »
I agree Dean, many places we've been to over the years have sadly changed and have become parodies of themselves, I first went through Gatlinburg in 1986, I saw then the handwriting on the wall. Thats why we never tell folks of our secret places that hopefully may never change, wishful thinking for the most part. 
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Re: Heading to the Smokey Mountains around may....?'s
« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2013, 06:04:18 am »


edit: wanted to add that if you go through Deals Gap watch out for THP. North Carolina gets all the $ from the bike tourism to the area so on the NC side you won't get hassled but as soon as you cross over into TN every trooper in the state will be looking for an excuse to write you a ticket until you get to the Foothills Parkway.

True that you wont get hassled on the NC side of the Dragon, but that's becuase the Dragon is only 1/4 mile on the NC side.  LOL!  Some friends of mine got pulled over on 129 heading into Robbinsville.  My philosophy is to not exceed the pace I carry in the curves while in the straights.  Has kept me from getting too many tickets.   ???
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Re: Heading to the Smokey Mountains around may....?'s
« Reply #18 on: April 27, 2013, 01:07:55 am »
If you like good ribs look for a place either in pigeon forge or gatlingurg called Calhouns. Also would recommend hitting hwy 321 out of gatlingurg to go thru some beautiful backkroads to greeneville,tn. While in the area head to hwy 421(the Snake) that runs from Bristol to Mountain City. 3 mountains and one beautiful valley. I think it is a better ride than the dragon and more scenic. You can stop at the store at the crossroads and get a mean bologna sandwich.
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