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Old 07-12-2017, 08:16 AM   #21
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You'll probably be fine, i'm a weenie. Just go slow.
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Old 07-12-2017, 08:42 AM   #22
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You will be fine. Concealer404 is just a weenie. Drive flat out.
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Hmmmm, do you know if there is a safe place to leave the truck outside of the gap? I could ditch it and drive the miata in. We will be arriving at the gap about 5pm so no telling what traffic will be like.
What time of the day and which day would you be rolling through? If it's during peak hours it'll be pretty sketchy.

If you feel comfortable, there's a Walmart on 411 in Maryville. Maryville isn't the ghetto or anything, typical town. If you REALLY want I could ask some Maryville locals about you storing your truck/trailer there.
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Sounds good. Flat out it is.

What food options will be in the area? Do I need to bring a grill and cook out or are there enough places to eat? What about gas? Is 93 available? Gha those are such noob questions but I've never been and its nearly 9 hours away from my house so I would rather be prepared than sorry.

I'm hoping to end up in the spirited run, how spirited is it? Is that spirited according to a Sunday driver or a track driver. When we go to Eureka, spirited is as fast as you was to go, treat the road like a racetrack brake when you see God etc. (the ozarks are not patrolled by police)
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There's two restaurants and a "grocery store" in Fontana Village. There's also charcoal grills at the cabins. Several of the runs are based around food, like the A&W drive-in run. Robbinsville is the closest town with a few of your typical small town joints(Wendy's,Hardee's, random Mexican place, etc).

There's 93 available right at the entrance of Fontana Village, Tuskegee Motel east on 28 has gas, and the crossroads(Deal's Gap store) has gas although expensive. Robbinsville has more standard priced gas, along with a gas station right before the start of Cherohala Skyway on 129 towards Robbinsville. I actually stop here when we do the A&W run.

Spirited runs are spirited. I think there's two "listed" spirited runs, one for Fat Buddies and one for A&W, I'd vote A&W but I'm biased since I lead it Keep your ego in check, stay in your lane(please!), give enough space between the car in front of you, and you'll have a good time

Here's a run on the gap from the end of the A&W one year.
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Excellent, thanks for the info. I'm looking forward to it. This has been on my "must do list" since I was a teenager.
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Emphasis on "keep your ego in check." There's been deaths there this year already and there will be plenty of people on the run willing to put people in their place.
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Old 07-12-2017, 10:48 PM   #28
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Emphasis on "keep your ego in check." There's been deaths there this year already and there will be plenty of people on the run willing to put people in their place.
Has there actually been an issue with that? Follow the leader, stay away from the yellow, stay within your limits, seems pretty simple to me.


Only once in 13 years have we had an issue with a driver, he passed the lead car on a double yellow. I though he was going to get *** kicked after that one.
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Old 07-12-2017, 10:54 PM   #29
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Issue might be strong. There's always one or two every year that cause a little grumbling. Usually the "I WANNA GO FAST" guys that don't understand the yoyo effect when caught in the middle of a group. :P
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New run this year!

I sometimes find myself sitting around Saturday afternoons and I don't actually like to go up on the hill during Saturday peak hours. I also can't recall a Saturday "run" recently, so why not do a BEERRUN?!

Here's the planned route:

https://goo.gl/maps/vAX2xQ81Ch92



The plan is:

When: 2:00PM
Where: Wildwood Grill to Natahala Brewery
Why: Beer

We'll head south towards Franklin for the fun curvy bit. Then stop and stretch there. Gas shouldn't be needed until Bryson City since it's only a 80mile route from Fontana to the beer.

We should be arriving at the brewery around 5:00pm ish. Enough time to get beer, eat, and head back in time for the beer-swap and evening activities.

There's several places to eat near the Brewery:
Anthony's(Italian) - https://www.anthonysbrysoncity.com/
CJ's Bar/Grille (right beside the Brewery)
Bar-B-Que Wagon (on Main Street)

I figure we can decide once we're there or if there's LOTS of people on this run we can disperse in small groups.


It’s important to note that no matter what the pace, nobody gets left behind. If everyone follows one simple group rule, everything works out. EACH DRIVER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ONE CAR DIRECTLY BEHIND THEM. Whenever the group makes a turn from one road to another, you must wait at that turn until the next car in line can see where you’re turning. Because the rule also applies to the car ahead of you, you won’t get lost by waiting. It works out really nicely.

I will once again remind everybody how important it is to only drive the pace you feel comfortable. There is always a faster car and a more skilled driver, so please don’t use anyone else as a gauge for how quickly you should drive, or when you should brake.

Let's all be responsible with the booze! The drive back will be the much shorter route of 74 to 28, a 45min/33mile drive back to Fontana Village.

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I'm heading down from Toronto on the Sunday before with a bunch of Canadians - staying at Fontana. Should be some Ecotecs in the bunch.
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I'm staying with concealer. Looking forward to meeting more of you guys.
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I'm totally stoked
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I'm staying with concealer. Looking forward to meeting more of you guys.
aayyyee me too! It's obviously the mt.net party palace of the weekend.
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I will find said party palace
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I will also be at the party palace rooming with sixshooter
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When is everyone getting there?

I think we're planning on a run down to blood mountain on Thursday, the normal hillclimb shinanigens Friday morning-ish, the A&W run that late afternoon which ends up on the gap near dusk and is always fun, then the beer run Saturday. This is definitely subject to change, since it's all really laid back. The A&W and Beer runs I'm leading only get cancelled for heavy weather across the whole region. It's pretty damn easy to drive 20min one direction to get into clear skies
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IDK on arrival. I have a court date on Thursday morning in Tampa and will either leave after or get it changed and leave Wednesday night and drive part of the way. So either Thursday night or Thursday midday.
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My crew an I will be there round 6 ish Thursday. I forgot I have to drive through a timezone.
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I forgot I have to drive through a timezone.
Be sure to duck.
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