Dragon's Tail opens


The Dragon’s Tail has reopened to vehicular traffic, which should please area motorcyclists.

The route, which crosses from North Carolina into Tennessee, has 318 curves in 11 miles and is famed as one of America’s best motorcycle roads.

It was closed on March 14 when a rock slide covered part of the road.

The North Carolina portion of the road will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily while crews continue the clean-up.

A British Columbia company, Pacific Blasting, has been contracted to finish the clearing by July 1. Meanwhile, local businesses, which have depended on motorcyclists for economic survival, have suffered.


  1. Editors: You may want to double check that pic. It looks alot more like Hwy.49, aka “The Little Dragon” in California rather than US129 in Tennesee.

  2. BC rock workers are so good at it cuz they always “stoned,” eh ! Those folks from la-la land north are the most laid back, easy going people I ever rode with…make us Ontarians looks hyper, stressed and uptight…maybe that is why we need to ride. Will be doing the Dragon 3rd week of May and lookin forward to southern hospitality…hopin they can understand my canajun accent, eh !

  3. Don’t even get me started on how many Americans are taking away work from Canadians…. The Port Mann Bridge Highway 1 project in Vancouver has tons of US citizens working yet I sit here fully qualified and unemployed….

    BC companies have done quite a bit of rock work in the states over the years. It’s not uncommon. Apparently we’re pretty good at it.

  4. 🙂 Will be there in 2.5 weeks. I don’t really care if the Gap is open when there’s so many other good roads to ride, and there’s rye to soothe the day’s aches.

  5. Hiring a Canadian company is Americans can come to hiring “off shore” and not feeling guilty…but we thank them for the business and now that our dollar is equal to the US, we will bring more of our business south in return. Great neighbours !!!

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