Category Archives: Dragon Raid

Triumph Dragon Raid 2015: Day 4 – Wayah Road, Moonshiner 28, and a wet Dragon

The forecast for Thursday morning was even more sketchy than Wednesday. Waiting for the roads to dry out from the overnight showers, I loitered around the lodge a bit that morning before meeting up with a couple of buddies to … Continue reading

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Triumph Dragon Raid 2015: Day 3 – Paddling the Nantahala River

In the days leading up to the Raid, I was concerned that the aftermath of tropical storm Erika was going to make the weather a complete washout. As the first few days proved, weather in the mountains can be very … Continue reading

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Triumph Dragon Raid 2015: Day 2 – Tigers Across the Blue Ridge

Tuesday morning started out very similar to Monday, a few guys talking about a good destination, suddenly a group mysteriously formed; and again, me just along for the ride. Getting my stuff set up for the day, fussing with the GoPro … Continue reading

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Triumph Dragon Raid 2015: Day 1 – The Mile High Legend

Even after a long ride the day prior, I was chomping at the bit to get out on the road, yet rapidly reminded that they don’t call them the “Smoky Mountains” for nothing. While not the case all year, the … Continue reading

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Triumph Dragon Raid 2015: How the Beast got its name

For folks that hadn’t already figured it out, the Triumph “Dragon Raid” is named after the prime location where it takes place. While I took it for granted that it might be common knowledge among motorsports enthusiasts, for folks that … Continue reading

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Triumph Dragon Raid 2015: The Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge

Beyond spending a week in the Smoky Mountains, enjoying some of the best roads east of the Mississippi River, staying at the Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge is also one of the highlights of my annual vacation. Nestled in the Stecoah … Continue reading

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Triumph Dragon Raid 2015: Day 0 – Southbound (Part 2)

Continued from Triumph Dragon Raid 2015: Day 0 – Southbound (part 1) When word made its way around the office that my “big trip” to the Dragon Raid this year was upon me, most folks told me to be careful, especially … Continue reading

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Triumph Dragon Raid 2015: Day 0 – Southbound (Part 1)

For no apparent reason whatsoever, my eyes snapped open at 4 AM Sunday morning (9/6/15). I shouldn’t say for no reason, it’s without a doubt excitement about one of the longest motorcycle rides I’ll take all year. Certainly, the goal … Continue reading

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Triumph Dragon Raid 2015 : The Preview

Last week I vacationed in one of the best motorcycle destinations in the country. After shooting over 5,000 photos, and checking off two items from my moto bucket list, I’m now beginning the mammoth task of cataloging and writing about … Continue reading

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