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    Default The Tail to be safer...

    Known as The Tail of the Dragon, U.S. 129 is a challenging road to drive under ideal circumstances. With 318 turns in 11 miles of two-lane, the dangers include blind corners, over-enthusiastic drivers, wildlife – and tractor-trailers. Now, thanks to an operational and safety review by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the odds of encountering a tractor-trailer sprawled across two lanes in a blind corner have been diminished, as commercial vehicles longer than 30-feet have been banned from the road.

    Truck ban to make The Tail of the Dragon (a little bit) safer |- Hemmings Daily

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    A good idea I've done the dragon several times and have never seen a truck .

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    Good to know. My club is doing the Tail in July and I'm still trying to decide if I want to do it. Not as comfortable a trip in my C4 since everyone else will be in a C6 or C7. They are also scheduled to visit the Biltmore mansion and Rick Hendricks' museum so it will be a good trip.

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    The one time I did the "Tail," I did not see any trucks but there were a few RV's trying to drive it and they got in the way.
    If you're in the area, you ought to drive the "Tail."

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    Jane Ann (XLR8) and I talked about doing the Tail of the Dragon together. She'd done it a number of times. Alas.

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    We've been there a few times two and four wheels. What is so special about it is it goes on for miles and miles.

    Interstate rigs should have been banned from there years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac View Post
    Jane Ann (XLR8) and I talked about doing the Tail of the Dragon together. She'd done it a number of times. Alas.

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    Thats who got me started .She gave me a big hug and cracked two of my ribs .RIP Jane Ann

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    Only time I drove the "Tail" I found the speed limit so low, the number of traffic enforcement units in the area and the amount of traffic such that I was impossible to drive in a sporting manner.

    As a result, I don't get what the deal is with the Tail of the Dragon.

    Is it enough to say you've "done the Tail" even if all you did is poke along at 10-25-mph?

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