|Flowery meadow under passing clouds.|
On the way to the Drive, I'd intended to shoot video. Alas, as I am still getting the hang of this helmet cam, I shot pics instead. Which was okay. Except I wanted y'all to see Thornton Gap.
Lucky for you I rode the Drive back north. AND I remembered to start the video.
It's nothing super-exciting. Just a leisurely ride down the mountain. I was pleasantly surprised that there was so little traffic. I mean, it was midday on a Summer Saturday. And US-211 is one of the few routes across the mountains for all traffic.
I was lucky not to encounter any vehicles until I was almost at the bottom of the run.
The road at Thornton Gap is notoriously dangerous.
You can't see the sign in the video. It says, MOTORCYCLISTS High Crash Area Next 3 Miles.
If you watch the video you'll see that it doesn't look particularly dangerous. What gets folks, I think, are the decreasing radius turns. They catch people unaware. In a decreasing-radius curve, the curvature gets tighter as you go. They're challenging because you have to continuously increase steering pressure and lean throughout the curve. Many riders get freaked when they enter too fast and are then surprised when they have to turn and lean harder.
I've been that way many times and am aware of the danger. So I just take it easy and have fun.
I hope you enjoy the virtual ride.