One suggestion is to, if possible, ride during the week. Weekends can get pretty busy and with some squids playing weekend-racer, dangerous. It's a great ride, but the Cherohola is quieter and less traveled, so ride it if you can. My $ .02 (all that's left after buying gas!)
Rode it this June two up ,the dragon has gotten a lot of hype and became infamous for no good reason ,it is just a very nice twisty road ,there are a lot other roads in that area just as fun/twisty /beautiful sightseeing but with out the dumb a** rickey road racers.
Just as always ride within the limits of weather , equipment and skill .
Week days early morning were light traffic
take a camera and take your time .
We rode 2 days in the Smokeys having to pushstart ,starter interlock problem still had a great time
Ride within your limits and you'll be fine. I'm not quite sure why people seem to fear this stretch of road, other than oncoming traffic I've ridden it many times and to me, it's way too slow and not that hard to ride. The Cherohala is AWESOME!!!! Much faster!
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