I wrote awhile ago about that amazing stretch of roadway called Tail of the Dragon.
The Dragon’s Tail has 318 curves in just 11 miles, so it’s no surprise that there are some tragedies and mishaps along the way.
Many of them are memorialized on the “Tree of Shame”.
Jim and I took the following photos the first time we rode the Tail of the Dragon.
We stopped at Deal’s Gap Motorcycle Resort, which is the home of the Tree of Shame.
It is a makeshift shrine to those bitten by the Dragon. After riders have successfully slayed the Dragon, they can smile at the parts left behind by other riders who were not so fortunate.” Source
Jim was in awe looking at the end result of so many crashes…
More about the Tree of Shame at Deal’s Gap.
UPDATE: We have since purchased a Harley-Davidson motorcycle (actually, we started with a Road King Classic and recently upgraded to a Road Glide Ultra) and I can’t begin to count the number of times we have slayed the Dragon on our motorcycles! We still have our Jeep too. Actually, we acquired another one of those as well (a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland) in addition to our 2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.
We post Tail of the Dragon updates, videos, and photos on our fun Motorcycling Board on Pinterest. And if you’re into motorcycling — as well as jeeping — then you’ll enjoy our articles about fun Motorcycling Tips & Adventures as well.
Since we’ve been married, my husband and I have owned 5 Jeeps (3 Wranglers and 2 Grand Cherokees). And when we’re not driving our own Jeep, we’re usually renting one (a 4×4 Wrangler on vacation). We keep a Jeep Bucket List of places that we’d like to go next, and we're always crossing more states off our list of 'Places That We’ve Jeeped in the USA'. As our daily driver, we keep the soft top on our Jeep Wrangler year round (and the back window permanently rolled up) so the dogs can enjoy the ride. Yep… even in the winter! I've been sharing my best Jeep ideas with others by blogging full-time since 1998. When I’m not Jeeping or writing about Jeeps, you'll find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites).