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2017 Tail of the Dragon & Cherohala Skyway run

Coming up on time for the annual Tail of the Dragon / Cherohala Skyway run!

We'd generally decided on the 3rd Saturday of September, but several folks from the Charlotte and Raleigh groups have already said they can’t make it that day, and/or would rather take a day off and go up on a weekday to avoid some of the traffic.

Who's in?
When would you rather go?

Thursday, September 21st
OR
Saturday, September 23rd

We're polling the groups and regular attendees separately. We'll go with whatever the majority wants.

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Either works for me.

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I'll be there the week before.
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I should be able to make the weekend date.


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Either works for me.

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Thanks Greg. I'm looking forward to catching up again!
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I'll be there the week before.
Cool. What date(s) specifically? I'm still trying to get feedback from our groups, and the 3rd Saturday (September 16th) isn't completely ruled out yet.
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I just drove this today out and back from the Robbinsville end. I would like to meet up and join you unfortunately I'll be gone from Sept 11 to about Oct 9th. on an RV trip. I've relocated the FFR to Murphy , N.C. My summer home. Way better driving than the Treasure Coast of FL. Originally from Northern Ca. Hopefully there'll be other times to meet up. I've been off the forums for years trying to get back into the swing of things..
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Majority responses have been for Saturday, September 23rd, so here we go!


2017 Tail of the Dragon & Cherohala Skyway run

Same schedule as years past (GPS “addresses” for anyone meeting along the way):

Saturday, September 23:
05:45 Charlotte area group departs Sheetz gas station at I-77, Exit 42 ("1023 Charlotte Hwy, Troutman, NC 28166")

08:00 Arrive Cracker Barrel I-40, Exit 44 ("5 Crowell Rd Asheville, NC 28806")
Breakfast & meet up with some of the Asheville area folks & Raleigh area folks who stayed over the night before. Depart CB ~09:00.

10:00 Stop for refueling at Smokey Mtn Bait & Tackle ("4470 US-19, Bryson City, NC 28713")

11:00 Arrive Fontana Dam Visitor’s Center (“Fontana Dam and Visitors Center, Stecoah NC”)

Catch up with the TN, SC & GA folks we haven’t seen since last year. Run the Dragon, Cherohala Skyway, and maybe catch a few waterfalls.

Some of us will stay overnight in Robbinsville and run the Moonshiner (Hwy 28) and/or a waterfalls route Sunday before heading back home.

Hope you can make it. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

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I was looking forward to meeting everyone but sadly will be in Alabama that weekend.

Hope to catch y'all on the next ride.
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I was up there today and saw a good sized group of Cobras from KY. Pretty cars enjoying a beautiful day. I hope we get similar weather.


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I was up there today and saw a good sized group of Cobras from KY. Pretty cars enjoying a beautiful day. I hope we get similar weather.
Keeping my fingers crossed!
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Looks like a good forecast for Saturday. Just a couple of updates & reminders:

1. We’ll have several cobra enthusiasts coming in non-cobras. Simply for the purpose of photos (not exclusion!), please try to stage the cobras together.

2. We’ll try to leave Fontana Dam a little earlier than usual this year (around 11:45-12:00) so we can stop at the Deal’s Gap store for t-shirts / souvenirs before running the Dragon.

3. Once we’ve run the Dragon northbound, we’ll stage at the paved pull-off on the right. Whoever gets there first: just park diagonally to the road and everyone else can stage in a row / two rows (depending on how many show up) following your lead.

4. We’ll confirm at the pull-off who will be running the dragon again southbound, who’s going to continue north and loop around to Tellico for lunch at Kat’s Deli, who’s doing something else… and stage any different groups from there accordingly to avoid any past confusion.

5. Biggest thing to remember is to be responsible for the car behind you. This will set the pace and ensure everyone makes it to where we’re going safely.

Let’s have some fun!
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Turns out that I have a family thing this weekend on wont be able to join in.

The weather looks like it is going to be great, have fun and be safe!

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I will wait for you guys at Deals Gap @12:00. There will be one or two non cobra cars with me. We will run the dragon north with the group.

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Sounds good. I'll shoot you a text as we're leaving the Dam just so you'll know our timing.

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I will wait for you guys at Deals Gap @12:00. There will be one or two non cobra cars with me. We will run the dragon north with the group.

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Sounds good. I'll shoot you a text as we're leaving the Dam just so you'll know our timing.
Will your cell work there? Service is spotty for me (ATT)

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Will your cell work there? Service is spotty for me (ATT)
Good call: it's hit or miss with Verizon there as well. I guess I should say "I'll attempt to shoot a text...".
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A big THANK YOU to coyote cruiser for organizing the drive. Thanks to his wife who was a real trooper. I had a great time meeting everyone and seeing some of the regulars once more. It was a great day. Here are 3 pics from the end. I posted the full size links to them as well.


https://photos.smugmug.com/CARS/i-jB...O/IMG_0665.jpg


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Looks like a good turnout with great weather! Sorry I missed you guys.

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Thanks Greg. It's always great catching up with you guys.

If you don't mind, I'll copy & paste your photos to our FB group & some of the other forums. I neglected to get any shots of yours & the GA guys' cars once we reached Deal's Gap.

Must've used all my brain cells this weekend... I can't get the photos or video to appear in this message like you did. So here's a video link and some additional photos attached:

Video from the Dragon
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The video link returns this message to me:

Sorry, this content isn't available right now
The link you followed may have expired, or the page may only be visible to an audience you're not in.

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Well dang. Try this one:


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It's doing the same thing.

Can anyone else out there see it?

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Sometimes I hate technology. Or Facebook. Maybe both.

The original is on my fiancée's phone. I'll see when she can upload it from there for me.
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Okay, just uploaded it to youtube instead. Link edited / updated below.
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That worked!

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