When I got back into riding and was as rusty as a Lada fender I heard everyone talking up Snake Road. So I went on my Harley Sportster with old hard tires and rode it. Then I asked myself what the big deal was. Is there another Snake Road? Was I on the right one?
Maybe it's the name that makes it tough. If they want people to stop using it as a test track maybe they should rename it Grandmother Lane. Who's going to brag about racing down Grandmother lane?
Re gravel in any corner anywhere: Any road can be as clean as a whistle and then a minute later some slob driver runs the gravel shoulder in his pick-up and the road isn't safe for walking. Ditto for a gust of wind blowing leaves or a plastic bag etc.