It seems like every time you present yourself with an opportunity, I tell you how much I love the road. No, I don’t mean that I like the fact that there are ways. I love hitting the road and seeing where it takes me.
Recently, I saw in these pages a story about mountain roads in southern Indiana that can double as realistic coasters. I love ways like that. A couple in Daviess County, Kentucky (day-viss not day-veez) that make huge hills that look like a log stream if you put your car in neutral are Bratcher Hill Road and Windy Hollow Road.
But hills are one thing, lots of curves another. And then you combine the two for what seems, by all accounts, an exciting experience. Yes, I’m more than willing to try out the Dragon Slayer, even if I don’t have a motorcycle; It seems to be the preferred mode of transportation for those who do.
Honestly, I’ve had very little preparation for something like this. There is a left stretch of the highway in New Mexico between Interstate 25 and Silver City where my family lives. On the map, it appears to be nothing. But this is a paper map. Use a Google Map so you can zoom in and see why truck drivers, in particular, should avoid driving over the Black Ring Mountains.
Nothing but hairpin curves for nearly the entire length of this highway. But that’s just like the Dragon Slayer who, by chance, crosses Black MOUNTAIN, the highest point in Kentucky.
Now if you want to talk about hairpin curves, check out this fun little feature of the Dragon Slayer. It starts at the 8:34 mark.
The Dragon Slayer isn’t just a fun name locals choose to define a treacherous (but exciting) stretch of road. It is a tourist attraction accompanied by a guide from Appalachian back roads. This is what they are:
Backroads of Appalachia is a 501(c)3 with a passion and empathy for the Appalachian region driving economic development, job training, and opportunity for poverty-stricken regions of Appalachia through tourism and motorsports.
This may explain why the majority of motorcycle enthusiasts choose to travel this 20-mile highway that features 226 (!) curves and will take motorists to Virginia.
Backroads has done its homework in that part of eastern Kentucky branding three tracks—all for the purpose of promoting that area and improving the health of its economy:
We’ve branded three motorsport tracks using pre-existing back roads throughout Appalachia that travel through eastern Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio. We choose beautiful Appalachian highways that travel through former coal stricken towns to promote tourism. We are headquartered in Lynch, KY in Harlan County – one of the poorest counties in Kentucky. As of December 2019, the unemployment rate in Harlan County was three times the national average. This once thriving city of 10,000 residents now has a population of less than 500. Like Lynch, we find stricken towns along beautiful back Appalachian roads and inject new tourism dollars to support local businesses, create jobs, alleviate poverty, Improving the quality of life for the low-income population.
So is this beautiful path. You know, I’ve never been to Black Mountain, and because it’s the highest point in Kentucky – 4,145 feet above sea level – it’s something I need to check the list. And going in the fall seems like a no-brainer – especially after seeing this:
beautiful. Now imagine that Vista is drenched in the colors of autumn.
Or maybe you won’t have to. Perhaps your taste buds have been tempted enough as you plan to “ride the Dragon Slayer” as they say in Lynch, Kentucky.
If so, I hope you had a great time navigating the curves of “kiss your ass,” as my family used to say.
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