Tail of The Dragon / Deal's Gap 1.0.1

The original route of 11~12 miles with 318 curves from TN/NC USA now in Beamng!

  1. SuperShep1
    SuperShep1
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    Great map. My grandpa rode this recently on his bmw motorcycle, very cool.
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      It's no Pikes Peak but it sure IS fun, especially on a motorcycle - that is - if the tourists aren't out hamming it up at 20~30mph.
      Lots of these roads in Tennessee as Roane County gladly shows you (Roane County is a bit under the weather these days since the graphic format changed again in 0.23, and will be fixed someday soon).
      Glad you like this, do turn on the AI with as many cars as you can support and still go 35~45fps (for good control), as it's quite fun to overtake around corners and end up with a Honda Accordion due to a crash from careless driving. Had a ton of fun testing this one and was thankful for someone from the Nevada Interstate thread suggestion it.
      If this map ever becomes toast from an update, do rest assured, I will fix it quickly.
  2. ethanemmett1
    ethanemmett1
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    I recognise this from when I was a young lad, on holiday in the USA. I stopped off at that petrol station, the vast number of bikers was ridiculous haha. I did not realise it was a well known road. Nice area and a very good recreation the the world of BeamNG.
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      Thanks! This was made by request after I got Nevada Interstate pretty much finished (less buildings).
      This will get updated one day if I have a chance to make new motel models and the parts tree of shame.
      Tennessee has a lot of cool roads like this, but careful as many don't have guide rails everywhere.
  3. That Car
    That Car
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    NICEEEEE
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      This map was done by request, and honestly I enjoyed making it just as much if not more than the folks who just want to speed up and down on it.
      Well now you can fly up and down The Dragon virtually without causing unwarranted death and destruction - including your own.
      Seeing as we're stuck inside with Covid restrictions in many places in the world, there's not much better time than now to enjoy this wonder of the driving world.
      --Cheers!
  4. Taygeta
    Taygeta
    4/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    The only reason I am not giving this 5 stars, is that it is missing traffic signs, and small other details.

    But a great addition to BeamNG, because thanks to this, I learned about this road in the first place, after having driven car sims/games like the last 30 years. Really well done! Thanks!
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      When this map was being developed, we didn't really have a good set of road signs (that wouldn't bug out) in the arsenal of map objects. So sorry if it's not quite perfect - but it'll get them one day whenever the map breaks enough to warrant spending time updating it beyond just fixing whatever is broken. Heck I couldn't even make my own models when I made this map. I sure tried hard to use whatever I could find from in-game and other user maps though. It'll be better one day though, I cannot say however when that will be.
      --Cheers, and thanks for the honest review and constructive criticism in how it can be improved one day - every bit helps me make a better map.
  5. Meanie
    Meanie
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    Thank you so much for this! Always wanted to drive it, but kind of glad I never did it IRL. So much potential for it to end poorly. Fantastic to be able to drive it with no consequences, thanks for your hard work!!
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      Yes, steep / deep ravines, oncoming vehicles not staying in-lane, random woodland creatures hell-bent on committing suicide via your vehicle, EMS at-least an hour away, blind corners, "lost" commercial trucks abound. There's loads of danger in real life - even before Covid. So do enjoy this virtually, and that way your insurance (and your own body) doesn't get jacked up :)
  6. AX53
    AX53
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    Gr8 map. Smooth road and nice looking.
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      I worked over the road surface for a LONG time, giving it many more passes of smoothing VS what most other mappers would do. Considering what fun this road is in real life, I felt it deserved the effort.
      Glad you've noticed the extra effort spent!
  7. Ken Gronemann
    Ken Gronemann
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    Another epic Bob mod. This road is a famous biker route, many twists and turns. So much fun to drive, there's even a guy that takes pictures of your car passing by. Thanks for bringing this to beam!
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      The fans of my maps and even in other threads DEMANDED this map. So I HAD to make it, plus I thought it'd be fun. It only took a few months compared to the YEARS on the other maps I've made.
      I'm glad you enjoyed this map, it's quite fun, and I'll put the models for the stores in one-day when I am down that way & get permissions from the store owners themselves.
      --Cheers & Thanks for the review!
  8. Jack5.exe
    Jack5.exe
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    Love this map, I especially love it as I live in North Georgia
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      Ah yes, Georgia, the place that lies just past the seemingly impenitrable ever-lasting construction of Chattenooga. I've been down there, and while the traffic is hectic, the people are lovely.
      Need every bit of reflexes gained in avoiding crashes in BeamNG Drive to survive even an hour on the road in Atlanta though :x Some crazy driving down there!
      Glad to know another local has enjoyed this map.
  9. RORCAT
    RORCAT
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    Another Great Tennessee map!
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      Who would have ever thought Tennessee had such fun roads to drive on, but oh it has so many. This map is only the tip of the iceberg in what the real world state has to offer. So definitely don't pass up taking the scenic route through Tennessee if you should have the chance to in the future. Make sure to take the kids to Dollywood if you have any, or when you have some. It's a real hoot & the nearby area (not far from this map locale) is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful! If you love nature, hiking, lovely people with southern hospitality, and have a sense for adventure, Tennessee has a lot of hidden treasures to offer. That's why I've moved to this state.
      Thank-you for the review.
  10. @dori_dude
    @dori_dude
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    awesome, awesome map!!! got to drive the dragon a week or so ago and i have to say its extremely accurate. there's a lot of small changes that could be made to really make it perfect but its really close. its also been a detrimental tool to help me learn the road and practice my lane discipline. thanks so much for this awesome map!!!
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      Awesome, glad to hear you love it - and welcome to the wonderful but oft-overlooked little slice of 'Murica called Tennessee, where freedom still rings more than many other more oppressive states.
      That road is a whole-lot of fun, I can't even remember who goaded me into doing that one, but whoever it was - I say thanks to them too. I really enjoyed testing it, so much so, that it would have probably taken 5% less time to build if I didn't waste so much time while building it actually playing the thing. It's a hoot! I wish it looked even better, but as of a year or two when it came out, this is the best I could do at the moment.
      IT WILL HAVE CUSTOM BUILDING MODELS ONE DAY! When I get there, I just happen to have a LOT on my plate at the moment with working on my 'Los Injurus' city map (search for it, it's under forums>maps or something like that) that I am working on.
      Yes, it will even have the tree of shame & proper store buildings.
      So do enjoy, and if I am not mistaken, I think someone made a bootleg conversion of this map over to GTAV (I said I didn't mind, but that there were copyright textures from BeamNG in the terrain/trees/some buildings, so they'd have to replace those, if they were to go through with it).
      So very glad you enjoyed this - if you enjoyed it as much as I did testing it out, then you had a hoot. It should be great for AI chases if you put the lane minder on (even if not), an i7 4.4ghz 4790k can/could do like 11 vehicles including your own and stay around 30fps or higher, with no reflections (IIRC) using an RX 480 8gb video board, so do try that! Turn shadows off if you have a slow CPU, turn off reflections and SSAO if you need extra FPS and have a non-high-end GPU.
      Nothing wrong with loving this map, but just don't get killed on the real thing. There's too many fun roads to enjoy driving around here to get wrapped up, and waste it all over one tree/cliff/wall/oncoming vehicle etc.
      --Cheers!
  11. scottshamblin
    scottshamblin
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    Thank you so much. I've never been on the Dragon itself, but I do live in NC and I've been on the Blue Ridge Parkway a few times.
    Are you going to put the "Tree of Shame" in there?
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      Thanks! Glad you like the map. It's fun in real life but don't go out of lane IRL.
      The tree of shame will eventually make it's way into the game in time. I don't have time right yet for it but this map will get an overhaul sometime over the course of the next year. I can't pin it down more than that but, just know the map is not abandoned.

      --Cheers!
  12. stenyak
    stenyak
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    This is an absolute blast to drive, really nice map. Thanks!
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      Yes, in a day and age where most other things anywhere-close-to-this-fun have been long since outlawed, we have one bit of solace around here, and it's these fun back roads. Do enjoy, and know that if you come to Tennessee, there's much beautiful wilderness infested with trees just like this road, and many other fun roads like this one.
      Tennessee, where driving doesn't have to be a chore. Just make sure to come in the summer months and not in the winter when we get the 3-day ice storms!
      --Cheers!
  13. motohead74
    motohead74
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    dude i have been all over this road too . i got all your maps now they all killer maps
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      Ah, many thanks buddy.
      Roane County is good for endless cruising, and is the largest map available for this game currently.
      Nevada Interstate was my first map and is great for it's looping 12-miles of bi-directional interstate winding in and out of what looks like the Rocky Mountains/Black Hills (Because it used to be Black Hills!).
      So-Cal Interstate (while it's a bit laggy, and old) still works and is quite a bit of the same fun as Nevada was, as it entirely intends to be the sequel to the first. This has over 40-something miles of unique, hand-designed interstates/highways of all kinds and many many other dozens of miles of surface routes. Most of the mountains function as impromptu jumps, too. There's even a select few off-roading trails - and lots and lots of cliffs! A certain Coyote would feel quite at home here.
      Tail of The Dragon (this map) is of course what seems like a 'never ending twisting snake-like roadway with smoothly banked corners and a forest of trees (because it is a snake-like road through a state forest, which is why it's fun!). This map was originally done by request, but I forgot who requested it. Oops! It's okay, I enjoy playing this more than I did making it. More side-routes may be added one day.
      Roane County progress is on-going, slowly, but still under heavy WiP.

      --Thanks for writing in!
  14. adrian2013
    adrian2013
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    I've got to say. It is a great map to drive around and a pleasure as well.
  15. Bzucko
    Bzucko
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    Nice to drive this map on it's never ending winding road ;)
  16. fufsgfen
    fufsgfen
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    This kinda multiplied BeamNG for me, such perfect road to drive on!

    I actually did make it trough with T75 and tanker (11000l of milk), brakes were smoking, but didn't have too many issues. I even made an U-turn at the end of the road, might of been bit more than 3 point turn actually!

    I can't comprehend how Bob was able to do this road, but it is so perfect! Big thank you, this is truly a dream come true.

    All the best to you Bob and have a merry X-mas!
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      This was done by request, so if it was you - here you go (I honestly forget, but my Brother-in-Law to-be requested it, too).
      That aside, it's fun! Surprisingly so in fact, as being mostly a highway guy, I was shocked how much it sucks you in even when I was just testing. I possibly would have released this a week to 10 days sooner if I didn't end up testing it for a half-hour to an hour every time I meant to give it a 5~10 minute test.
      Thanks for the kind words & You can be sure this will stay 'maintained' for a good year or two at-least!!! I enjoy this one myself - so eventually I may put the side-road in too that's missing and a few paths.

      --Cheers and have a good Chris's Mess!
  17. psy_lo
    psy_lo
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    Thanks you for your awesome and very nice work. This is the most incredible road to take a ride in BNG :-)
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      You're very welcome. It was fun to make and a pleasure to test - I often found myself spending 30~45 minutes or more testing when I only needed to spend 5 or 10 minutes. So I knew people would like it, I just did not know it would be this much of a hit with folks (and this was done as a request fulfillment).

      --Thanks for writing in!
  18. The Stigs german cousin
    The Stigs german cousin
    4/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    Thank you for creating maps like this, this is probably the best driving road in all of BeamNG! The 4 stars are because it is unfinished, not because I dont think it is an excellent piece of work, which it is.

    There is one minor problem (at least for me) regarding the Ai paths.
    Yes, they kind of work when split road is activated. But they do not really stay in the lane, most of the time the ai cars drive partly on the road pavement right next to the road.
    They are driving to the far right of the road with only the left wheels touching the actual road. This leads to the ai cars crashing into specific trees along the map, which are very close to the edge of the road.
    So the ai is inevitably crashing into the same trees every time.
    It would really be nice to get that working (either by fmaking them stay in the lane or by simply removing these few trees. You can just find the trees by letting a few ai cars drive the whole route at about 30mph)

    Anyways the map itself is really well done, I havent been to the real place but it strongly reminds me of a mountain road in Greece which I have been to several times that looks quite similar.
    Thank you!
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      Thanks for letting me know, the AI worked just dandy before, I guess now they cut corners more. That stinks. I will have to re-draw the whole route (just for AI, the road won't change).
      Can't remove a few trees unless they're closer than about 3~4' to the road, because that's how the road is and how it looks in real life (it's not far from here, an hour and a half or two hours if you get stuck behind a Buick Oldington on the way there).
  19. RAZOR7652
    RAZOR7652
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    This is by far the best driving road in BeamNG.
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      Thanks buddy, this was by request and the real life counterpart is one of the best driving roads in the USA. A must drive for anyone who loves driving. Now maybe so many people won't die on the real thing - one would hope.

      There's a new entry into this category as of late - Mount Glorious by B25Mitch (If I remember correctly), it's much shorter than this but still every bit as well made (if not better!). So go check it out if you like this, it's more of the same good stuff.

      --Cheers!
  20. icky427
    icky427
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    very very cool, thanks for all the work! only thing is it seems more bumpy than it should be. ive run it a few times irl and its surprisingly smooth for a mountain road. keep up the good work, im really hoping you get 28 fleshed out at least to where it crosses over the river.
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      You shall get your wish when tiled terrain support comes to Beamng (it's planned, and I've pested the developers about it, in a positive way).
      It's a tad bumpy, but only in a few spots, but hey, for free, in a video game, it's not too bad! Glad you enjoyed it!
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