I just checked out the Tail of the Dragon(US129 from Chilhowee, TN to Robbinsville, NC; the best of the twisties from Chilhowee to Deals Gap) in person last week, while on my honeymoon. Its as good or better than all the hype, I ran thru it w/ the car not the bike but you can't have everything. I had to stop in the middle because the wife was ready to toss her cookies from the roller coaster effect(got a chance to take a few pic's). I highly recommend this desitination to anyone looking for some excitement. A full day of riding can be had by starting on the Foothills Parkway, the Dragon to Robbinsville, NC then the Cherohala Skyway. The Cades Cove Loop from Gatlinburg, TN offers some excitement as well. I am actually pretty sure that just about any mountain road through the Smokies will give you more of a thrill than most of us in the vast flat lands of ther US get on a regular basis. I will definetly go back w/ the bike hopefully next fall, I would highly recommend this as a desitination for any biker.