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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-18-2019, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Claw of the Dragon

Has anyone rode "Claw of the Dragon"? A few of my co-workers are wanting to made a weekend trip of it. Its in south west Virginia.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-19-2019, 06:17 AM
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I've done the "Back of the Dragon" from Tazewell to Marion, but never heard of the "Claw of the Dragon". Same general area.. I'm gonna have to check it out.

https://www.virginia.org/Listings/Ou...ckoftheDragon/

http://www.clawofthedragon.com/
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Good riding all over sw VA. North/South routes are generally across the mountains with lots of turns and elevation. East/West routes are generally in the valleys through farm country. Make a loop anywhere and enjoy the views. Then there is the "Head of the Dragon" now that takes you up into West Virginia coal country.
https://www.headofthedragonwv.com/
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Will be in that area next week for glidefest.

IMO, entrepreneurs are just trying to capitalize on the success the "Tail of the Dragon" marketing had on the Graham County area of North Carolina. The "Tail of the Dragon" is unique in that there are no driveways along it's 11 miles. Unfortunately, over the years pull offs have been established and the level of traffic have created hazards that we didn't deal with years ago.

I know the "Devils Triangle" in Tennessee is plagued with coal trucks and timber trucks along the route which makes it less fun on bikes, but you can get your "T-shirt" at the Devils Triangle store and convenience stop.
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Good riding all over sw VA. North/South routes are generally across the mountains with lots of turns and elevation. East/West routes are generally in the valleys through farm country. Make a loop anywhere and enjoy the views. Then there is the "Head of the Dragon" now that takes you up into West Virginia coal country.
https://www.headofthedragonwv.com/
When is someone going to make the twin peaks of the dragon roadway?

See poster in link.

https://tailofthedragonmaps.com/tail-of-the-dragon-map/

I was forced to take this poster down at work because the SHARP lady said someone might find it offensive.


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When is someone going to make the twin peaks of the dragon roadway?

See poster in link.

https://tailofthedragonmaps.com/tail-of-the-dragon-map/

I was forced to take this poster down at work because the SHARP lady said someone might find it offensive.
So what do the Skin Heads Against Racial Prejudice have against a fire-breathing half-woman half-dragon anyhow? Maybe you should tell her that you now self identify as such a beast and she is infringing on your special snowflake status.
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Will be in that area next week for glidefest.

IMO, entrepreneurs are just trying to capitalize on the success the "Tail of the Dragon" marketing had on the Graham County area of North Carolina. The "Tail of the Dragon" is unique in that there are no driveways along it's 11 miles. Unfortunately, over the years pull offs have been established and the level of traffic have created hazards that we didn't deal with years ago.

I know the "Devils Triangle" in Tennessee is plagued with coal trucks and timber trucks along the route which makes it less fun on bikes, but you can get your "T-shirt" at the Devils Triangle store and convenience stop.
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Looks like there are several other good options not that much further to look into. Thanks everyone.
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To me, one of the overlooked jewels near the Dragon is the Cherohala Skyway.

https://www.tellico-plains.com/cherohala-skyway.html
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And if you drop down into GA, The Gauntlet is a really great ride as well. Run The Gauntlet Georgia, 133 Miles of Smiles

Great campground in that area too! https://twowheelsofsuches.com/
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