Comments on: Web-Rider Spotlight: Never Made It Rides and Culture Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:52:57 +0000 hourly 1 By: Rob Sylvia Sat, 28 Dec 2013 15:43:37 +0000 I live in North Carolna, so the obvious choice for my 50th birthday ride was the Dragon. We rode my 2005 Mean Streak (set up for light touring) west from Raleigh, and rented a room in Asheville which woul be home base for the trip. It was the end of june and temps were great, mid to high 80 degrees, plenty of sun-perfect. We rode west through the Maggie Valley, Cherekee, Bryson City, Fontana, and Deals Gap. From there we rode into Marysville, Gatlinburg and back down into NC. All good stuff. On our last day, July 3rd I decided we’d ride from Asheville to Boone. The Sun was out and it was 86 degrees so we were dressed light. By the time we got to Mt Mitchell Ranger Station it was 30 degrees, sleet, icey patches, freezing cold winds….!!! So we threw on some layers and continued to Little Sweitzerlad, got off the Blue Ridge Parkway and headed for warmer temps and lower elevations. There were excellent roads coming down, including a mini dragons tail and beautiful scenic views.