Originally Posted by easyman05
Thank you, guys! I found the eaglerider.com and hope they will be of help. And of course I will put in my plan some beautiful routes in the East( BRPW, Deal's Gap, Cherohala). I will revert with more questions later on.
Don't try to ride the length of the BRPW. It's a 2-day ride at minimum, a Federal road and so heavily patrolled by the Park Service. Sure, ride a section of it, but spend your spare time in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It's America's most popular Park, with the Dragon and the Cherohala Skyway near it's southwest corner. See numerous websites about the Park. Ride around it and have lunch in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, do a little gambling at an Indian Casino in Cherokee, North Carolina, ride straight down southward on the highway through the very center of the Park, then turn West to return to the Dragon area, passing by Fontana as you cruise along the beautiful lake. Not too technical but a fine day's ride.
The 50-55 mile length Cherohala is just as scenic as the BRPW if not more so, and there's great food at the West end along the river in Tellico Plains, Tennessee. The K'bikers always ride to lunch at the Bistro Restaurant on Saturday there, and there are generally other motorcyclists present.
You might consider staying at the Tapoco Lodge, which is within a mile or so of the Dragon and only a few more from the Cherohala Skyway. Built in the 1930's, it's a great place to stay, and is old but classy. It's where the K'bikers stay for our annual Deal's Gap rally. Ask for a room in the Lodge itself rather than a cabin. A little pricy, but the atmosphere and food are terrific. I like Room No. 2 on the backside with the noise of the fast-moving stream to help me sleep. See their website.
There are numerous standard motels in Robbinsville, North Carolina, about 10-12 miles from the sights. Be careful on the Dragon and avoid it on Saturday and Sunday... too many squids going too fast. It's the longest 11 miles you'll ever ride. The Sands of Time Motel and Restaurant is right at the starting end of the Dragon but is favored by the younger (and noisier) crowd. A good place to visit though, a big Gift Shop and always a crowd of bikes there.