Well, it seems they are cracking down hard on agrresive driving/riding on the dragon.
The following is found on the BMWMOA website and the
Well, the Late Great State of Tennessee has answered our open letter. Not in words but in actions. On Friday the third and Saturday the fourth of August there were some 14 Tennessee Highway Patrol vehicles and a couple of Blount County Sheriffs cars blatantly harassing both motorcycles and cars on the Dragon. They promise to be here for the next month. Talk about showing your ignorance.
These actions prove Tennessee does not welcome visitors to this area. One Trooper pulled me over for no reason. I was on my motorcycle following three cars at the posted 30 mph speed limit and the Trooper signaled me to pull over onto the gravel. He gave my bike a once over and then signaled me to pull back out. Why did he let the cars pass and then stop me?
We heard worse stories. An older female vacationer from Minnesota in an SUV was pulled over in one of the straights and ticketed for 45 in a 30. She insisted she was not going that fast. A local Blount County family was showing their friend from out of state the Dragon. He was ticketed for 40 in a 30. A Georgia rider was pulled over and threatened with arrest when the Trooper insisted that he had crossed the double yellow at 30 mph. He was then harassed for having his face shield up even though he was wearing glasses. The Trooper said the rider HAD TO PROVE they were shatter proof. We heard of a number of non-DOT helmet tickets and saw many rider helmets being inspected. Traffic crept over the Dragon at 20 mph all day. Get a life Tennessee. Many visitors who were staying in Tennessee told us they would not return or spend any money in that state.
While these 14 Troopers were here:
- Friday 11 am, Meigs TN, 45 miles from the Dragon - Two pick-ups collide, one driver dead
- Saturday Morning, Bledsoe TN, 65 miles west of the Dragon Ė A motorcyclist was killed in a one vehicle accident.
Bottom line Ö.. Tennessee doesnít want your tourism dollar. Answer Ö.. bring it to North Carolina. We have many roads that rival the Dragon. US 129 all the way through Robbinsville to US 19/74 has some great sections. The Hellbender NC28 is a real challenge. Continue to the east of US 19/74 on NC28 and get a real thrill. And all of these roads have a 55 mph speed limit, not a ridiculous 30 mph like the Dragon.
Run the Cherohala Skyway. The speed limit is 45 in North Carolina, but thatís fast enough to get a thrill. In Tennessee the limit drops to 40 mph even though the road is easier. Ride the NC side.
Youíll have to obey the law in North Carolina, but there wonít be a storm trooper at every turn.
Now tell the Governor of Tennessee, other state officials, and Blount County Commissioners what you think. Letís be LOUD & PROUD.