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The dates are fast approaching. A little over a month left! I figured I'd start a new thread for scheduling. My girlfriend and I will be getting down there Thursday night (20th) with my dad and mother coming down Friday evening. I know we have a planned meet on Friday at 10 am at the museum. The rally is NOT this weekend. It is sep. 8-9. No big deal was just gonna let everyone know. I just got back from a trip to western NC and put about 32 hours on the bike so I am pretty familiar with the rides and roads around there. I know some others on here are pretty familiar with the rides as well. I figured Saturday we could hit the tail and the skyway, that would be a pretty good ride that I enjoyed quite a bit. 441 through the Smokies is a really good road we might do Friday. Just wanted to post up and see what you guys were wanting to do Friday and Saturday.
 

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Sounds like some great ideas to me. Thursday night we’re planning to have a meeting at the host hotel as people are getting unpacked and lay out some plans. We want everyone’s input so we’ll discuss what you’re suggesting.


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Sounds like some great ideas to me. Thursday night we’re planning to have a meeting at the host hotel as people are getting unpacked and lay out some plans. We want everyone’s input so we’ll discuss what you’re suggesting.


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Sounds good. I know I can ride for 10+ hours a day and others don't like to ride that long, that's why I was just gonna try to get some input on what people are comfortable doing and ride time. A meeting Thursday night sounds like a great idea.
 

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The dates are fast approaching. A little over a month left! I figured I'd start a new thread for scheduling. My girlfriend and I will be getting down there Thursday night (20th) with my dad and mother coming down Friday evening. I know we have a planned meet on Friday at 10 am at the museum. The rally is NOT this weekend. It is sep. 8-9. No big deal was just gonna let everyone know. I just got back from a trip to western NC and put about 32 hours on the bike so I am pretty familiar with the rides and roads around there. I know some others on here are pretty familiar with the rides as well. I figured Saturday we could hit the tail and the skyway, that would be a pretty good ride that I enjoyed quite a bit. 441 through the Smokies is a really good road we might do Friday. Just wanted to post up and see what you guys were wanting to do Friday and Saturday.
Hey Britt, check your dates again. The other thread says Sept 20-22, you have 8-9.
 

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Hey Britt, check your dates again. The other thread says Sept 20-22, you have 8-9.
Chief, I think he said that the Maggie valley rally is on 8-9. It hasn’t been cancelled it’s just different date than our meeting.

Me, wife and our friends are leaving on 20th as well. Sometime afternoon to make to Waynesville not too late. Would be good to get together that Thursday night and make a plan for Friday. If we’re going to do a 250-mile ride we better plan several stops, my wife wants to ride her bike, but she is not that hard core. If we want to ride as a group we should consider our “noob” riders abilities. That applies to the Tail. I want to ride the Tail myself, but not sure about my wife and friends cause they may not enjoy it that much if they will have to ride beyond their skills. I’m just trying to make sure everybody is safe and have fun. Again, having a meeting would be great. Maybe even another one on Friday morning before we go.

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Hey Britt, check your dates again. The other thread says Sept 20-22, you have 8-9.
Chief, I think he said that the Maggie valley rally is on 8-9. It hasn’t been cancelled it’s just different date than our meeting.

Me, wife and our friends are leaving on 20th as well. Sometime afternoon to make to Waynesville not too late. Would be good to get together that Thursday night and make a plan for Friday. If we’re going to do a 250-mile ride we better plan several stops, my wife wants to ride her bike, but she is not that hard core. If we want to ride as a group we should consider our “noob” riders abilities. That applies to the Tail. I want to ride the Tail myself, but not sure about my wife and friends cause they may not enjoy it that much if they will have to ride beyond their skills. I’m just trying to make sure everybody is safe and have fun. Again, having a meeting would be great. Maybe even another one on Friday morning before we go.

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I agree with your statement on the “noob’s”. I think that’s a very wise approach. If riders are looking for a “badge of honor”, then the Dragons Tail is the way to go. You can get your pic like GArider did plus t-shirts etc...
If your looking for a fun road with better scenery and less traffic, Cherohola HWY is better.
 

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I agree with considering the new riders not used to taking long trips. We certainly don’t want to overwhelm anyone and don’t want anyone to feel left out or that they have to ride at the back of the pack. I suggest we take it day by day and meet each evening for suggestions, feedback, etc. Just my .02 cents worth. We’re planning to be there Thursday afternoon and get settled in and greet everyone as they arrive. We’re getting more excited week by week. Can’t wait to see everyone there.


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we'll sit all together at the table Thursday night and make a plan for Friday. We can ride all day if we want, just gotta plan stops, meals, gas, places to see.

Blue Ridge is a long road, I'm pretty sure there are routes suitable for different levels of skill, comfort, etc. Our goal is to find a good balance and not to leave anyone behind.

I got a feeling that it's going to be awesome!
 

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we'll sit all together at the table Thursday night and make a plan for Friday. We can ride all day if we want, just gotta plan stops, meals, gas, places to see.

Blue Ridge is a long road, I'm pretty sure there are routes suitable for different levels of skill, comfort, etc. Our goal is to find a good balance and not to leave anyone behind.

I got a feeling that it's going to be awesome!
Skyway & Bluerigde are easy for beginners. Then you’ve got others in the area such as “The Rattlesnake” & “Beginnes Beware”! 😳
 

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I agree guys, I want to make sure everyone has a good time and doesn't feel uncomfortable on any of the rides. I think that the smokies and the skyway has better views than the Parkway, the Parkway may also be quite busy on a Friday or Saturday. May I also suggest if we have some people wanting to do different rides, we can split up into 2 groups or more. There are tons of options when it comes to routes. The route that I think hits the most high points is the one that hits Fontana dam and lake as well as the dragon and the skyway. Its highways 19->28->129->360->28->74. Really excited about the trip, gonna be the first long one on my new bike! Can't wait to meet everyone as well.
 

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I agree guys, I want to make sure everyone has a good time and doesn't feel uncomfortable on any of the rides. I think that the smokies and the skyway has better views than the Parkway, the Parkway may also be quite busy on a Friday or Saturday. May I also suggest if we have some people wanting to do different rides, we can split up into 2 groups or more. There are tons of options when it comes to routes. The route that I think hits the most high points is the one that hits Fontana dam and lake as well as the dragon and the skyway. Its highways 19->28->129->360->28->74. Really excited about the trip, gonna be the first long one on my new bike! Can't wait to meet everyone as well.


I vote for better views! Thanks for researching it! But I prefer if we stay as one group since it’s our first ever meeting. Plus, our group is not that big to split... just my .02


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I agree guys, I want to make sure everyone has a good time and doesn't feel uncomfortable on any of the rides. I think that the smokies and the skyway has better views than the Parkway, the Parkway may also be quite busy on a Friday or Saturday. May I also suggest if we have some people wanting to do different rides, we can split up into 2 groups or more. There are tons of options when it comes to routes. The route that I think hits the most high points is the one that hits Fontana dam and lake as well as the dragon and the skyway. Its highways 19->28->129->360->28->74. Really excited about the trip, gonna be the first long one on my new bike! Can't wait to meet everyone as well.


I vote for better views! Thanks for researching it! But I prefer if we stay as one group since it’s our first ever meeting. Plus, our group is not that big to split... just my .02


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I’m with you in this one Oscar. We want this to be enjoyable for all rider levels particularly at our first meet. And yes, blue ridge & Dragons Tail are VERY busy on weekends! Maybe you and I should go out together in advance and check out some routes?
 

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I’m with you in this one Oscar. We want this to be enjoyable for all rider levels particularly at our first meet. And yes, blue ridge & Dragons Tail are VERY busy on weekends! Maybe you and I should go out together in advance and check out some routes?
Hmmm... Interesting idea. I need to see if I can cut some time off out of my schedule. Brittct, wanna go?
 

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Hmmm... Interesting idea. I need to see if I can cut some time off out of my schedule. Brittct, wanna go?
I probably will not have any open time from now and then...I just came back from a 1500 miles trip and I rode all these routes and hit GA, TN, SC, and KY. From doing research for that trip I can pretty much tell you about each route. But my opinion on difficulty and views may be different from someone else. I know everyone wants to get something different out of the trip. Some want to do the dragon, some want great views, other just want to ride. I think we can figure out routes that Thursday night once we have everyone's input.
 

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I probably will not have any open time from now and then...I just came back from a 1500 miles trip and I rode all these routes and hit GA, TN, SC, and KY. From doing research for that trip I can pretty much tell you about each route. But my opinion on difficulty and views may be different from someone else. I know everyone wants to get something different out of the trip. Some want to do the dragon, some want great views, other just want to ride. I think we can figure out routes that Thursday night once we have everyone's input.


My suggestion is staying together on Friday, ride as one group and have a party at the hotel after we come back. On Saturday everyone is free to ride anywhere they want, make smaller groups, individual rides, etc.


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I think that’s a good point nurtaeff. I was going to suggest Thursday night that after the tour of wheels through time on Friday, those who feel confident enough to ride the dragons tail should go as the word is the weekends are the worst time to ride it. Those who aren’t that confident would be less intimidated maybe riding it together on Friday and do individual rides on Saturday. Just a thought, but I’m up for doing what the majority wants to do and we keep it as simple as possible. Maybe those who’ve ridden the dragons tail like GArider could give their input.


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