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Ride 3
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So you want to ride Deal's Gap?  This is a great ride, and some of the roads to get there are more fun than Deal's Gap!

Begin this journey from Maggie Valley, taking 19 into Cherokee and Bryson City.  Make sure you follow the signs for "19 South".  In Bryson City, you will get on the 4 lane, Highway 19/74.  Continue on 19/74 through the Nantahala Gorge.  Here you will see some rafters and kayaks.  You can grab a bite to eat at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, or continue on to 129 north.  Turn right on 129 and head towards Robbinsville.  They have a few restaurants here also.  Go through Robbinsville, and continue north on 129... make sure you follow the signs!  You will pass by Lake Santeetlah.  This road (129) takes you directly to the bottom of Deal's Gap.  There is a small convenience store there with sandwiches, chips, and drinks (no alcohol).  Make sure you get a T-shirt AFTER you do the ride!

After doing the Gap, get on 28 and head home.  28 will take you by Fontana Dam (you might want to stop and check it out) and Fontana Lake, and through Fontana Village.  Continuing on, 28 will deposit you back onto the 4 lane, 19/74.  Now head towards Sylva, Cherokee.  If you want, you can take 441 into Cherokee and hit 19 into Maggie Valley.  Or you can continue on the 4 lane through Sylva into Waynesville, and look for the Maggie Valley exit.