Day 5: TN421 – Grabbing the Snake by the Tail
Some great motorcycle roads take on a life of their own in the collective consciousness of the motorcycle world. When you talk about The Dragon, The Crest, or Stelvio, curve lovers nod their head with a sort of reverence.
Or maybe something more like, “damn I wish I was there right now…”
Chances are, if a road has a reptilian nickname – it’s gotta be good. Enter TN 421, known all throughout the east coast as The Snake.
The signs all say 3 Mountains, 489 Curves, One Valley. That kind of makes you want to ride it, doesn’t it? Yea, me too
We came into Shady Valley on the heels of a nasty looking storm. We’d been watching the dark clouds hanging between the mountains ahead but luckily managed to stay just behind it.
Though we never got wet, when we began our climb on The Snake, the road was still a bit wet on the eastern end. I was beginning to sense a trend after Georgia. Perhaps it was the universe helping to keep our good sense in check.
The road itself was as good as I’d imagined. A nice mix of tight, switchback and loose turns. It had a little something for everyone – a crowd pleaser, if you will.
We pulled into the Shady Valley Country Store so that I could by a sticker and have a look around. Having seen so many photos on the web of the parking lot jammed full of motorcycles, I was surprised to see no more than a dozen bikes there. I guess that was one of the upsides of riding around on a Wednesday afternoon. There were no cars on the road either. Score!
I perused the store’s stickers and picked one out for myself and Kenny picked out another. Then the nice lady behind the counter said we could have one of the snake decals for free. I of course opted for a pink one. Yay!
I can only imagine that the show that goes on in the parking lot of the Shady Valley store on a sunny weekend must be nearly as good as the riding itself. It was definitely worth the trip.
More Posts from the Trip:
- Southern Trip Stats - Y'all Come Back Now, Hear?
- Day 1: Dipping Below the Mason-Dixon Line
- Day 2: Smooth Sailing on the Blue Ridge Parkway
- Day 2: Detour to the Roanoke Muffler Man
- Day 2: The Mile High Club at Grandfather Mountain
- Day 3: Riding Through Blue Ridge Parkway Tunnels
- Day 3: Blue Ridge Parkway Pit Stop - Breakfast at Mount Mitchell
- Day 3: The Highest Elevation on the Blue Ridge Parkway Motor Road
- Day 3: Wheels Through Time Museum - Photo Gallery
- Sights from the Road: The Cherokee Muffler Man
- Sights From the Road: Greatest Car in the Universe v4.0 - Mufflermobile
- Day 4: We Had Georgia on Our Minds
- Day 4: NC 209 With a Little Luck
- Sights From the Road: Goats on the Roof
- MotoPhoto: Don't You Just Love it When the Road Does That?
- Day 5: TN421 - Grabbing the Snake by the Tail
- Roadside Sights: Pal's Sudden Service
- Check One Off The To Do List: Backbone Rock
- Day 5: Stung on the Back of the Dragon
- Roadside Snapshot: The Big Little Apple of Thaxton, Virginia
- Day 6: The Motorcycle Adventures of the Bearded Lady
- Snapshot: Southern Trip Souvenirs
- Day 7: Mixed Nuts and a Reformed Jackass on the Loose in West Virginia
- Beware - It's The Devils Road!
- Space, The Final Frontier - These are the Voyages of the Fuzzship Tigerprise