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post #1 of 6 Old Feb 15th, 2012, 11:51 pm Thread Starter
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Hell Roads - Tail of the Dragon

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post #2 of 6 Old Feb 16th, 2012, 10:43 am
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one of these days...it is on my bucket list.....

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I rode it up and back a few years ago when CCR was in that area. Had to borrow a friend's LT to do it (thanks, Grif).

It was fun to be sure, but way too short. I'd much rather take Hwy 36 in NorCal (150+ miles of twisties), or Hwy 12 in Idaho/Montana (100+ miles of twisties), or any one of a number of other great roads that last for hours on end.

Hell, in that area, The Cherehola Skyway is a better road by far, as are many of the smaller side roads out there. The local Mad Maps will give you lots of ideas.

At this point, the Dragon's reputation far outweighs its reality . . .

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I rode it up and back a few years ago when CCR was in that area. Had to borrow a friend's LT to do it (thanks, Grif).

It was fun to be sure, but way too short. I'd much rather take Hwy 36 in NorCal (150+ miles of twisties), or Hwy 12 in Idaho/Montana (100+ miles of twisties), or any one of a number of other great roads that last for hours on end.

Hell, in that area, The Cherehola Skyway is a better road by far, as are many of the smaller side roads out there. The local Mad Maps will give you lots of ideas.

At this point, the Dragon's reputation far outweighs its reality . . .
Dang it Meese. I could've written that paragraph just about word for word. But I've ridden the Dragon on 4 of my bikes. Every rider should do it, but there are many better roads as you stated. In that area, the Cherohala Skyway is THEE road to ride.

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I would still have to vote for 666 (renamed 191 and also known as the Coronado Trail) in eastern Arizona for several reasons:

You get to climb 7000 feet in elevation, and boy howdy does that feel good when you start out at 95F. Since it's uphill all the way I rarely touch the brakes, it's ALL throttle.

454 curves of all types, 100 miles and recently repaved - 'nuff said. It takes about three hours fire wall forward with a quick stop to take in the magnificent "Blue" wilderness. Even better is a picnic lunch and a hike through a rain shadow fern grotto - in Arizona??

No side roads and virtually no traffic as long as you stay off of it in the middle of the summer. Even then traffic is light by any standard and they are SOOOO slow you can pass with just the twist of the wrist.

Kachina Hot Springs at one end for $80.00:

Our 2 hour package started with a 10 minute soak in a private Roman style tub. Roman style is square with steps to enter so it is not a traditional tub like Americans are use to but it was large & deep enough to soak your entire body. There is a constant stream of fresh water flowing so the sound is very soothing. Note: the tubs are big enough for two people if a couple wanted to share one and they are emptied after every guest. After this soak, you get a full body massage. The woman who worked on me was FANTASTIC! I donít get massages very often but this was most definitely one of the better ones. After the massage, you return to soak in your tub for another 10 mins. Then you exit and get a full body wrap (sheet, blanket, foil wrap) with a facial and reflexology done on your feet, all while you are toasty warm in the wrap.

... and ice cold beer and fly fishing with Wendy at Hannigan Meadows Lodge at the other:

Hannagan Meadow Lodge - Lodge rooms and Cabin rentals. Ski, hike, fish and relax in Arizona

It don't get no better.


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Dang it Meese. I could've written that paragraph just about word for word. But I've ridden the Dragon on 4 of my bikes. Every rider should do it, but there are many better roads as you stated. In that area, the Cherohala Skyway is THEE road to ride.
No argument with either of you. The Cherohala is one of my favorite roads in the country, I just wish it was longer.

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