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About a Blogger Who Remembered How to Laugh

I survived Deal’s Gap

About 6 months ago Vince found a Hyundai Genesis car group on Facebook planning a rally to Deal’s Gap, aka the Tail or the Dragon.

For those of you who don’t know, the Dragon is an 11 mile stretch of road with 318 curves. They could have named it “Ali’s Greatest Fear,” or “Road of the Instant Ulcer.” Because hoooo.leee.shiiiiit.

The red line is a road. On purpose.
The red line is a road. On purpose.

 

Does Vince own a Hyundai Genesis? No. He owns a Hyundai Tubro Veloster.

Vince and his car.
Vince and his car.

Sadly, Veloster-owners aren’t as organized as Genesis owners. But Vince has one friend whose wife has a Turbo Veloster. That same friend has run the Dragon many, many times… though typically on two wheels.

So Vince convinced that friend, Nick, to modify his wife’s car with the same performance enhancements Vince made to his – front and rear braces, oil catcher can things, turbo down pipes, hot pipes, some other large pipe with a big REM sticker on it, etc. etc. etc.

And then Vince and Nick signed the four of us up for a weekend in North Carolina to hit Deal’s gap with 70+ Hyundai Genesis’s.

Only two of these people own an enhanced Turbo Veloster. One of them is Ashley.
Only two of these people own an enhanced Turbo Veloster. One of them is Ashley.

This was the first vacation Vince has ever planned completely and 100% without my help. This is also the most terrifying “vacation” I could ever imagine taking, mostly because dat road. But for a whole lotta other reasons too long to mention here.

Regardless, I was terrified. And though I DID get super stressed out on the first curvy road. But then we tuned our walkie talkies into the channel with all the other 70+ drivers on the road, and we had a BLAST.

Bridal Falls with our group. I learned my iPad has an awesome panoramic feature.
Bridal Falls with our group. I learned my iPad has an awesome panoramic feature.

The group we were driving with was super safe – in fact, safety was their #1 concern at all times. We drove in packs of 15 to 40 through the curvy roads and though it was super rainy and wet outside, everyone was super on point.

We have some familiarity with rain in North Carolina.
We have some familiarity with rain in North Carolina.

All in all, it was a fantastic trip. We saw waterfalls, drove on super curvy roads, had hilarious walkie talkie discussions with really fun people, ate delicious food, and, most importantly, stayed safe. It was actually so much fun that I’m willing to do it again next year.



2 thoughts on “I survived Deal’s Gap”

  • Dude like, 30 minutes in the rain. You have to go pretty slow because of the curves but it’s only 11 miles. But since driving was the whole point of the trip, we left in our ‘pack’ around 11am and drove bigger portions of the Cherohala skyway and Wayah Road to see water falls and mountain overlooks. Both of those are also super curvy. The Gap was the last, most intense, piece at the very end of the trip. Some of the “decreasing radius turns” were just absolutely ridiculous. Like, someone got totally plastered and decided how North Carolina was going to map out a road. It doesn’t even make sense.

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