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Deal's Gap

The following was just posted on the Yahoo site called 'sidecar issues' by Ron Campbell. True ot false? Not totally sutre but do know that one cop in that area was named Cagle.
Maybe someone here has a better way to validate this...

Posted by TNHP Officer Cagle on his myspace page

"Hey, just to give you a heads up for next season----we have a
new captain in the Knoxville district which covers Blount County------
he has already told us that we will put a stop to the "race track
driving" up on the dragon this year------so far what they have said
is that the speed limit is 30mph and "ANYONE" caught going 50mph and
up will be charged with reckless driving and will be jailed and their
bike/car will be impounded--- --I am telling you this because i am
trying to put the word out to everyone i know----or to people who
know people that go up there-----I don't want to have to take people
to jail for this---however I have bills to pay and I kind of like
having a job---so never the less I have to do what i am told to do----
-so the way i see it is that if knows and you know and knows and whoever else can find out can pass this along--
-it will benefit everybody--- -----feel free to copy and past this
and let everyone know-------if you get caught up there it is only
your fault because i am trying to pass the word along for everybody's
sake-----we are not just going to come up from the bottom like in
years past---they are gonna have us go through cherohala skwy in
north carolina and come from the top down to the bottom----so no more
free rides on your way back to the state line----they are gonna bring
unmarked cars with radio's and have unmarked bikes up there----this
will be a joint effort with blount county and the THP-----The entire
THP motor unit will be brought in 2 people at a time(for a week long
assignment) to be paired up with the local car----they plan on
busting tail at least 3-4 times right off the bat---then they will
sit back and see what takes place-----these orders came from
Nashville Headquarters- --we have a complete brand new higher ranking
structure from the very tip top spot down----they have said we will
work until the problem is solved ----just wanted to give you and your
friends a heads up..........
SIGNED..........Trp Cagle with THP assigned to Blount County
Division---- (don't come crying to me if you get busted----cause I'm
telling you now)"

Claude .

This was just posted at SCT also by Ron Campbell....well time will tell I suppose..
>>Just recived this post, looks like prevous post was wrong


BULLETIN: We have received numerous emails concerning the recent posting on the
Internet by a supposed Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper warning of dire
consequences on the Dragon this coming year for speeders. We do not post rumors
on this site so we contacted Captain Ray Fletcher of the Knoxville Division
Tennessee Highway Patrol. He confirmed as we had believed that some of the
details in the post are completely false, such as the immediate arrest and
impoundment of vehicles for speeding over 50 mph on the Dragon.

Captain Fletcher was not able to comment on whether or not the post was made by
a Trooper, but some of the language, unusual statements and obvious errors as
stated above make us believe the post was by someone other than who supposedly
signed their name and position to it. Obviously a real Trooper would not
jeopardize his job by signing such a post.

Captain Fletcher stated that the laws will be enforced on the Dragon as they are
on all Tennessee roadways. Tail of the Dragon advises riders to obey the laws
and they will have no trouble with the Tennessee Highway Patrol or Blount County
Sheriff Deputies.<<

Hey Claude

The only hack drivers who need to worry about speeding through Deal's Gap might be those high performance guys. The rest of us don't stand a chance of speeding through the Gap!


Yeah maybe 🙂

Claude:I've ridden and know other bikers who ride the Dragon and if you can get up to 50 in the hairpin turns (there is one short straight), you are a much better man than I am and I'm talking solo not with a chair. One biker I know hit a bridge abutment last year and spent 3 weeks in Knoxville in the hospital and totalled the bike. If you are going to ride the Dragon be careful not just for yourself but guys coming the other way on your side of the road. I'd suggest many of the other scenic 2 lane roads in the area. Much safer and less traffic.

Deal's Gap has 316 curves in 11 miles. According to other sites enforcement is up thanks to a Federal grant to the local police department.


Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap and Cherohala Skyway, Graham Co, NC

On one of my other lists a fellow who lives there told a interesting story, the cops made a very big statement, there was a reported 176 real or perceived speeding tickets, many were just plain harassed, one older couple on a GW reported that they were pulled over while doing 35, they got off the bike and stood there while the trooper ate a sanwitch, when he finished he pulled around them and waved as he left, all this happened after a couple on a trike were killed, both were thrown off into oncoming traffic, a truck pulling a boat swerved to miss them and in doing so dislodged a 21 foot boat, it landed on the couple killing them, from the look of the photo they went into a corner to fast and went over.