Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Jonesborough, TN, USA
Been there, done that, moved to the area so I could do it whenever I want!
Jim, while Charlotte is not far from Deal's Gap, it is not around the corner, either. Under an hour. Riding it 2-up is nothing new, but the co-rider better want to do it, and the rider should be VERY comfortable handling the bike. It is not a place for a novice. She can, however, stay at the Tail of The Dragon, enjoy a cool tea, while you ride up and back. Probably take 30-45 minutes.
As for the rest of the ride, the BRP is no problem, with reasonable attention. You can get on from Cherokee at 441 or follow 321 up toward Ashville. The Smokeys are to the left about an hour away. Actually 321 goes right there, but it will take a bit more time.
Enjoy the ride!!
Johnson City, TN
Y2K LT Champagne Class Act
BMWMOA, AMA, IBA