Tired of the weekend zoo at Deals Gap, head about an hour and a half south on 129 into Georgia and run a nice loop in North Georgia mountians, starting in Dahlonega. Head out on GA60 North, turn right on GA180, turn right on Hwy 129 and then again on Hwy 19 which will reconnect with GA60. At that point you can repeat or head back into Dahlonega and hang out at the pub.
This run is not quit as intense as the dragon but it's a lot less crowded and not patrolled as much either. Hwy 129 summits two mountains on that stretch which opens up to two lanes on each climb = fun!