For obvious reasons, summer is peak season for this 8-mile climb. I'm sure I'm not the first to mention it as an easy-to-reach fun ride for many east-coasters. Lots of nearby lodging if you want to lay over. Points to remember
- Get there early. Mid-day waits can be long and hot.
- There's at least one bikes-only lane on the right. Use it.
- The fee is $17 for bike and driver. A passenger is extra.
- There's a parking lot and store just past the entrance where you can add clothing.
And unless you choose to ignore the NO PASSING rule and 25 mph speed limit, this is a SLOW RIDE! Expect stopped or creeping cagers around every turn. Your slow-riding skills will be challenged, as will your clutch hand, not to mention your clutch. Depending on your ride, you may not get out of second gear. The one-mile dirt section is hard-packed, with very little loose stuff. And save the rubbernecking for the top. Of the three people ever killed on this road, the most recent was on a Harley.