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      09-12-2018, 12:36 AM   #1
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The Tail 2018: Caravan from the Northeast

As this event gets closer, the weekend before Thanksgiving, I know some in this forum are making plans....deciding how you can be a part of this epic E9X 2018 event (thanks, Boof! ).

I decided that if me and some friends are going, we may as well make the most of the trip.....and enjoy a thrilling caravan down to the Tail since Virginia is filled with a whole host of intriguing roads, one of them that simply parallels the highway (I-81) all the way down into Tennessee (this would be the Blue Ridge Parkway).

I'm in MD, and we will be starting our descent down to Tennessee on Thursday with a few others from the MD/DC/VA area.

Leg 1: We'll leave Thursday mid-morning (likely meeting in College Park, MD about 930am after the DC rush hour, and we'll leave about 10am or so), and then will leisurely drive down to Roanoake, spending some of the time on some back roads that will snake us south through Central Virginia. We'll arrive in Roanoake early Thursday evening and stay the night. It's only about a 5-hour trip with some back roads, so we could feasibly leave a little later to wait for anyone coming from north of MD. I just want to arrive by nightfall, which is about 430pm, so we'll be on the road by 11am at the latest.

Leg 2: We will then will rise early Friday morning to make the remaining 450+ mile trip along the infamous Blue Ridge Parkway (google this road to see some of the epic views and perspectives along this route). We'll leave about 8am, to give us 8 hours of daylight. We'll arrive in Tennessee near the Tail Friday early evening, joining the others from the South arriving Friday night.

I'll find us a hotel for Thursday night in Roanoake, which will be the meet up spot for Friday morning's leg for anyone joining us on Friday, again leaving about 8am.

So if you're coming from the north, feel free to join us on both legs, or simply on Friday's leg. Your choice. Yes, you could take a long, boring trip by yourself all the way into Tennessee....but why do that when you could join fellow M enthusiasts, and travel on some of the best roads on the east coast?

Stay tuned for more details.
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      09-17-2018, 11:39 AM   #2
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Kevin, I will probably meet up with you in Roanoke on Thursday evening. I will be heading South from the Philly area. Not sure what route yet, Perhaps PA Turnpike to Route 15 to Route 340 to Route 81 and then south to Roanoke. It's anywhere from 5 1/2 to 6 hour drive, depending on stops. Obviously, anyone coming from the North is more than welcome to join me. I will confirm the route as we get closer to the date.
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      09-17-2018, 08:29 PM   #3
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Kevin, I will probably meet up with you in Roanoke on Thursday evening. I will be heading South from the Philly area. Not sure what route yet, Perhaps PA Turnpike to Route 15 to Route 340 to Route 81 and then south to Roanoke. It's anywhere from 5 1/2 to 6 hour drive, depending on stops. Obviously, anyone coming from the North is more than welcome to join me. I will confirm the route as we get closer to the date.
Sounds like a plan, PAMMM.

Consider meeting us in College Park, MD by 10am or so, and then just caravanning down with me to Roanoake. I95 south through MD is probably the fastest route for you. Else, if you prefer the RT.15/340 path, then I may be able to meet up with you up on I81, in Strasburg where I66 and I81 come together.

We'll figure it out.

And yes, I hope you get others coming from the Northeast to connect with you, driving down together on Thursday.
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