This run is on Sunday Morning, October 15th.

This is a drive to Clingmans Dome.... from Fontana through the Foothills Parkway over to Townsend for some breakfast/snack/fuel on the way. Some will use this drive as their last drive and will be going home from Clingmans Dome. Other MINI's can depart when they want and or group up and go back to Fontana.

Our route will take us west to Deal's Gap, across the Dragon and up the Foothills parkway, where we will stop for a photo break (you will learn there why they call them the Smoky Mountains). On the north side of the Smokys, we will stop at a gas station with a small grocery store attached (good sausage biscuits at a hot-breakfast deli). Once we get back on the road, we will dive into the Smoky Mountain park and go down Little River Road, that made Reader's Digest top 10 most scenic roads in the USA. We will stop one more time on our way down the mountain for some pics and will then return to Fontana via the Hellbender.

We will plan on meeting at the General Store at Fontana Village and leaving at 6:45 (see below). Note, it is possible to settle your Fontana lodging bill on Saturday night so you can meet us early on Sunday morning. This will be a medium paced to spirited run but as usual please drive in your own comfort zone (i.e., we will not be going so fast as to we will not leave anyone behind.

When: Meet @ 6:45 AM; Wheels up @ 7:00 AM. The reason for this early start are to: (1) catch the sunrise over the Smokeys from a pull off on the Foothill's Parkway, (2) to arrive for a fresh made breakfast at the IGA, great biscuits!, and (3) to beat the leaf peepers in the RVs along River Rd. in the park.

Where: Meet across from the General Store in Fontana Village

Stop for food/gas at:

BP/IGA
7945 East Lamar Alexander Parkway
Townsend, TN 37882-4033

Radio's: Channel 20/20

Approximate Times:
1.25 hours to BP/IGA
30 minutes to eat and fuel up
1.25 hours to Clingmans Dome
Total Time to Clingmans Dome = 3 hours ... by Google Maps. MINI's will probably be faster...

After we get to Clingmans Dome... you are on your own

Website: http://www.clingmansdome.com/

Map / Directions: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/35.434987,-83.82518/7945+East+Lamar+Alexander+Parkway,+Townsend,+TN/Clingmans+Dome,+Forneys+Creek,+NC/@35.578033,-83.684921,11z/data=!4m21!4m20!1m1!4e1!1m10!1m1!1s0x885ea8b8f2dbe0ab:0x6ac49f78683e8364 !2m2!1d-83.742548!2d35.679799!3m4!1m2!1d-83.68178!2d35.66941!3s0x885eabfd91e6e3d7:0x34b836a156392751!1m5!1m1!1s0x 88594e0302824b01:0x7ce44f109725156d!2m2!1d-83.498498!2d35.562755!3e0?hl=en

Garmin GPX file: http://www.tarheelminis.org/garmin/t...012_routes.gpx (Note: this is an older GPX file but it contains the route for the run)

Please post to this thread if you plan on making this run.

Attendees:
colejd