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      09-17-2013, 09:07 PM   #463
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Direct response from President of Smokey Mountain CCA. How cool is this;

Hi Timothy,

Well your timing should be pretty awesome for autumn colors, which will just be firing up when you pass through!

As far as routes, the dragon is without a doubt the most famous road in the area, but it's also the most crowded. Weekday mornings are usually okay, and Sunday mornings are normally free and clear. Occasionally there is a strong law enforcement presence, but a V1 will keep you honest. The most important rule is to always stay in your own lane. The switchbacks are pretty crazy, and motorcycles will pop up out of nowhere.

You have nearly infinite options for how you get to the dragon. You can consider working your way west off I81 to the Cumberland Gap, which is a cool stop. From there you can run west on 63 and down towards I75 through LaFollette/Jacksboro (where I work). Just south of there is my favorite ethanol free gas station, and then it's about an hour to the dragon. A bit longer if you take the scenic route over the Norris Dam. If you go south past the dragon (and gas station/restaurant), you can cut west over to Route 165, which is known as the Cherohala Skyway. This road is just as fun as the dragon, and it's at a fairly good elevation. I like it in the summers because it's cool, but in the fall you'll see the leaves there changing a bit sooner than the lower areas. You can run south and then work your way back up into Gatlinburg. From there you can get to I40 or I81 very easily.

I worked up a quick route in Googlemaps to show you what I meant. If you're short on time, I would skip the Cumberland Gap and roll straight to Knoxville. If you leave Friday and spend the night in Knoxville, you'll have a nice chance to get out early on Saturday and drive without many pace cars.

I'll be available tomorrow night if you want to give me a call. xxx-xxx-xxxx. If you give me a better idea of how much time you have, I might be able to give you some more advice. If you're looking to stay in Knoxville, the downtown Hilton is a great place. From there you can walk around downtown, and it's pretty solid.

Hope this helps. If you're running around on Saturday, perhaps I can dust off the M3 and join you.
Where is the route he drew up in Google?

And I was hoping we would stay at the Ritz.
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Where is the route he drew up in Google?

And I was hoping we would stay at the Ritz.
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      09-18-2013, 09:08 PM   #465
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That's one ambitious route. I'm down. Maybe he can take point and lead us?
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OK, somebody bring me up to speed here or do I have to read through 21 pages of thread? Sounds so awesome.

And RingMeister01, how in the world do you always pull off these awesome events. You know that I am struggling right now to get a handful of people to join us in central NJ for half a day.

So what's the deal with this 11 hr. race?

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With that route, someones bound to crash an M3. Probably will be me.
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With that route, someones bound to crash an M3. Probably will be me.
M4 time.
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Car is finally back... a week and 4 days later. Failure found in VANOS solenoid valve from all that contaminated oil, all traced back to injector failure. Quite a nightmare for the service tech.
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Car is finally back... a week and 4 days later. Failure found in VANOS solenoid valve from all that contaminated oil, all traced back to injector failure. Quite a nightmare for the service tech.
How she running now? Any different?
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OK, somebody bring me up to speed here or do I have to read through 21 pages of thread? Sounds so awesome.

And RingMeister01, how in the world do you always pull off these awesome events. You know that I am struggling right now to get a handful of people to join us in central NJ for half a day.

So what's the deal with this 11 hr. race?

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To pull off a good event;

Make it interesting, make members aware of the event, organize organize organize, always deliver on what you are promising and don't promise something you can't deliver, go to everyone else's events, it's not about you but all about your guests. Last but not least - worry, triple check everything and don't sleep.
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Ok dudes. We are nearing the day for this epic run. We need a definite attending list so we can coordinate the hotel.

We should have this final in a few days so I can call the hotel and arrange rooms.

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Ok dudes. We are nearing the day for this epic run. We need a definite attending list so we can coordinate the hotel.

We should have this final in a few days so I can call the hotel and arrange rooms.

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Knoxville Hilton?
Or we can get tents and stay in the woods jk seriously what hotel thou
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Ok dudes. We are nearing the day for this epic run. We need a definite attending list so we can coordinate the hotel.

We should have this final in a few days so I can call the hotel and arrange rooms.

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      09-23-2013, 02:35 PM   #476
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Sounds good
Just checked availability for the 11th at the Hilton in Knoxville. It's a no go.
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Tim, if we're following that route outlined above. Shouldn't we get a place around the Kingsport, TN area?

Based on that route, we'll be hitting the Dragon's Tail around late afternoon (5pm-ish). Should we be concerned with traffic? We might have to re-think this route.

Is this what we're looking at?:
10/11 - Drive/fly down; meet up for dinner
10/12 - 8AM - Start driving
10/13 - Drive to Summit Point to track?
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Yes, I think the schedule you listed will work fine and a hotel along the route is a great idea! The meet up in Tennessee should be in the afternoon and a dinner around 7/8 to talk the entire run and Summit Point over. I don't think we need to commit to anything more than this right now;

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Updated info;

There are many hotels for us to stay along or near the dragon. The average rates I have found are $140 - $160 per night (queen/king single bed). So fave there is availablity for the weekend we are planning for the run. We def need a final list of attending and a pool to pay for the rooms.

Here is a link to the Dragon Brochure.

http://www.tailofthedragon.com/pdf/Brochure.pdf
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How many nights are we staying? Just Friday into Saturday?

So far this is what I have confirmed:

1 - RingMeister01 (confirmed)
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Update;

Lodging has been confirmed with the Smokey Mountain Manson. It's a huge house with 6 beds/baths, game room, kitchen, deck... and literally a stones throw from The Dragon. If we all split the house evenly, it would come out less expensive than separate rooms. Plus it'll be a great time staying together. We will stay 2 nights.

We will meet at the house on Friday the 11th at 5pm. Getting there is up to you. After our meeting we will go out for a dinner and discuss the morning run.

Please PM me ASAP if you are interested in attending this epic event. I have to get back to the hotel as the house will go at any moment.
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"After the government shutdown" no Bugatti for you my good sir.
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"After the government shutdown" no Bugatti for you my good sir.
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So far 10 confirmed for the trip!
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