DID 'EM and LOVED 'EM.
Do IT AGAIN -- You Betcha.
Miles were 178 total (including going out of the way to Dan's coming home). I shortened the ride and left out Santeetlah Village and the gravel roads I thought I might investigate were not to be: One is a Private RD, and the other is a Forest Rd (gate closed). MPG holding at 63 MPG on Scooter with new Belt and Sliders.
Not what you would call Hot Rode Rds due to look of the surface, but basically traction was good, just the looks kind of slows you down. One road (Oil Field Gap) did have several curves with gravel kicked up from repairs (Tar and Gravel repairs on the shoulder) that were not too much of a problem as you could see it before getting into the curve. I ran that road twice (south from Maples BR to Yellow Creek and then back to Maples BR). It is only about 3 or 4 miles one way, I saw it on GOOGLE (Curvy) and worked it in to the ride.
I left home at 8:40AM, topped off gas at Weigel's in Seymour and left at 8:57AM (the thermometer on the Scooter settled at 44F a short distance west of Seymour). I saw a low of 37F on the Foothills and temperatures stayed in range of 41 to 43F most of the day with a little sunshine (short time of it) near the Yellow Creek junction with Hwy 28. I was dressed for it and comfortable all day.
I called Dan when on the Foothills coming home to let him know I made the ride since we had talked about doing it together (weather messed uip THU Plans and Dan had appointment WED Morn). He said, come by and have some coffee. OK, I have time and still get home reasonable time. Then, he had a nice warm bowl of chicken noodle soup waiting (About 2:15PM). I had my picnic lunch on the road and was saving for Dinner Date with Betty at Logan's (she had coupon). Anyway, I ate most of the soup and drink the broth (warmed me up). I would have been home by 3PM except for stopping at Dan's, instead made it home at 4PM and had final temperatures as high as 47F.
The DRAGON was deserted -- no MCs and only a few cars. I let it 'hang out' a bit coming home ( 'hang out' for me is slow for some
at 17 MIN from Deals Gap to Overlook where I caught two cars). Deals Gap is closed for the season.
Pictures tell the story - start with the main purpose of the ride (NEW ROADS).
First Road was Yellow Branch - NOTE: the surface, looked shaky like loose chat, but I tested it a couple times with hard stops (No Skidding - not as slick as it looked). Still, I took it a bit easy on curves. The road is more interesting near Hwy 28 end with a bit of a Mtn Pass. Last picture show intersection with Hwy 28.