Myrtle Beach, SC. trip


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Myrtle Beach, SC. trip

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Just returned from a trip to Myrtle Beach, SC. The wife wanted to go somewhere and relax. (We had a very nice time there). Have to keep her happy once in a while. This time of year (before Memorial Day) the resort prices are less than highway motel prices. Went through the Smoky Mountain NP and even rode the Tail of the dragon. Really not impressed with the Dragon. (Too many idiots on their sport bikes). I don't know why so many people are enamored with the Tail. ??? However, all together we had a great ride. 3200 miles total.

Edit: On the trip home the weather started to get bad. Rode through some medium heavy rain but 200 miles from home in Ft Smith Arkansas the weather started to look really bad. We stopped because of this and stayed the night. 3 inches of rain started just an hour after we stopped. Thunder and lightning all night long. The following morning all was good but very cool and cloudy and 60º. Rode the rest of the way home with our rain gear on. Brrrrr!


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Sorry about the rain but it is just part of touring although you did the smart thing and stopped for the night rather than pushing your luck!

The Tail of the Dragon offers 318 turns in 11 miles which makes it a neat place to ride. Unfortunately as you note many folks show up there with no idea how to ride a motorcycle on mountain roads and many show up who think it is a race track. I know that TN state troopers do patrol it heavily in the summer and on weekends but it has gained such a reputation that many have to go there.

Yes there are other roads just as challenging with a couple of them in Arkansas. But it is the most famous! Or infamous!
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Hey DingDong!
Way back in the late '70s I went to Myrtle Beach and camped right on the beach
in sight of the ocean with my van. Do they still allow this?
I believe it was an official campground on the beach.
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sounds like you had a good time despite the rain and the tail of the dragon. I agree there are better roads to ride than the tail, even in the same area
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offcenter wrote:Hey DingDong!
Way back in the late '70s I went to Myrtle Beach and camped right on the beach
in sight of the ocean with my van. Do they still allow this?
I believe it was an official campground on the beach.
I saw one campground on the beach. Pretty much all hotels and condos.
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offcenter wrote:Hey DingDong!
Way back in the late '70s I went to Myrtle Beach and camped right on the beach
in sight of the ocean with my van. Do they still allow this?
I believe it was an official campground on the beach.
That really brings back memories! I remember doing that at Ocean City, MD and VA Beach among others. During the late 1960's that was the only way I could afford to go to the beach. Usually it was a few guys and maybe a tent with sleeping bags and maybe just a blanket! Seems that it is now very illegal at most beaches!


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