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    Quote Originally Posted by MuddyWaters View Post

    It seems stupid to me, build a great national park because its land that should be protected and saved for all, and then build a highway right down the middle of it, spoiling the wilderness aspect of much of it. Politicians.
    ignorance on ones part should not be a reason to call another stupid - the road existed before the park

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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    ignorance on ones part should not be a reason to call another stupid - the road existed before the park
    Keeping the highway open was a deal made with nc and tn when aquiring the lands for the park. It was and is, stupid to bisect it with traffic. The feds could have forced it without the agreement in other ways. Just not popular.

    At least they successfully banned commercial traffic, although 18 wheelers are even preferable to the ridiculous loud motorcycle idiots. They dont care about the park, they want to ride their obnoxious toy somewhere fun and curvy.
    "Inevitably, a long distance hiker must choose between travelling light, and not travelling at all." - Earl V. Shaffer

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    That road bisecting the park is also the reason there is no entrance fee for GSMNP. It's because the road existed, and the states didn't want the federal government to start charging people for use of this road is what brought about the agreement that allows us to enter the park for free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MuddyWaters View Post
    Keeping the highway open was a deal made with nc and tn when aquiring the lands for the park. It was and is, stupid to bisect it with traffic. The feds could have forced it without the agreement in other ways. Just not popular.

    At least they successfully banned commercial traffic, although 18 wheelers are even preferable to the ridiculous loud motorcycle idiots. They dont care about the park, they want to ride their obnoxious toy somewhere fun and curvy.
    This is a growing pet peeve, with each passing year it seems these machines get louder in their riders seemingly incessant need to compensate for natures genetic cruelty.

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