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That was only picture I took. Wasn't willing to get out of line any more after that. Few bear sighting really jammed up the road. I plan on doing Waldens creek, Townsend, back through the park one day soon. Really want hit Cherohala Skyway. But say I won't be able to do it till next season. Maybe the weather be good till January for short rides anyway. Supposed be colder next week though.
 

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Cades Cove is one of the areas I still should see in the Greater Dragon Area. Was it tourists who are out and clogging the roads?

Last fall in the Black Hills, I had assumed that the tourist traffic would have died back after Labor Day because the kids would all be in school. But I discovered that this is when the seniors hit the nature spots with their ginormous motorhomes that have to creep painfully slowly in the tight mountain curves. Early mornings and late evenings were alright, but late mornings and early afternoons were filled with campers and tour buses.
It was very mild compared to full season tourist. When I was traveling little river gorge rd. No cars in front or behind me and very few on the other side passing by. So I thought yeah Cades Cove won't be that bad. I got about 1/2 mile in the loop and Bam stand still. Bear in the woods had all the people looking like deer in headlights. So had about 20 cars in front of me. Speed limit is 20 I think for loop. But it just takes one person to crawl and the rest behind them have no choice but to crawl with them. Plenty of pull off space but not enough for every one to pull off to see so most people will just park in the middle of the road hold everybody up. People get out of their vehicles and leave them sitting to get photos.

I can say people didn't like me being behind them so had a lot that would move over for me to go around. 11 mile loop took me 1 1/2hr. On a busy day the loop is practically bumper to bumper.

Definitely liked to took more photos and spend time out there. But till I get new helmet I gotta be home before dark.

I recommend it for sure as place to vist in a car. Abraham Falls very nice... old cabins and churches, mill. But on the bike it's was almost full time 1st gear riding the clutch, holding the brake. Stop and go up hill, down hill.
 

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Yeah we hit it peak those years back and it is so stupid, like 2-4 hours to get through the loop. People would totally abandon their vehicles and be walking around, taking pictures, posing, having a picnic with their car parked right in the middle. I actually got off my bike and went to get into someone's vehicle, because they left the doors open as well and started to move it off the road enough for us to get around and they came running over freaking out, lol.......they were more apologetic once they got over and I explained how it was for us, ahh the good ole' 90's
100% not changed at all
 
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