Times and Scheduling has been pushed back slightly to earlier times. Recommend showing early and waiting as the caravan makes it way from RTP to Charlotte.
This is to gain more time on the back end to give us more options as to what roads to take and even a chance to make it to Fontana for check-in. When approaching Franklin, we will have to play it by ear time wise. As the great BlimeyOne said, you never know how long a run takes until its driven.
What better way to get to MSSD then by carving out a path through Pisgah Forrest through some relatively scary switchbacks. The goal is to make it to Bryson City (or Fontana Village) with time to spare for Twister's MSSD Welcome Dinner set for 7pm. An alternate route is planned if time becomes constrained. This is slightly modified from BlimeyOne's original route due to the Welcome Dinner in BC.
*All times are subject to change!!! This isn't an exact science. Times are tentative since traffic, impalas, and people can cause delays. I WILL have my cell & radio (20sub20) on me at all times. PAY ATTENTION to the departure times as these are paramount in making this a success. Those daring souls in the Triad area; please meet @ the Panera Bread on exit 49 off of I85 in Concord Mills ; front entrance parking lot. I can arrange to rendezvous with anyone who wants to join me along the way.
WHEN: Friday (22 Oct)
SCHEDULE is as follows:
DEPARTING Goldsboro, NC @ 0630 am ---> arriving @ 0800ish
DEPARTING RTP Area @ 0810 am (latest) @ Starbucks at Streets of Southpoint
ARRIVE: 1000 (approx) @ Charlotte NC, Exit 49 off of I85; Panera Bread (Concord Mills)... If parking is full, park near Panera; we will find you. LUNCH TBD by Group
DEPARTUTRE: Concord Panera Bread @ 1030 (latest)
Please Read... This schedule reflect my times... It is recommended to be there EARLY and wait a few minutes for the incoming caravan rather the other way around. If we run early, then that enables us to leave earlier! For those with smartphones, I'll keep variations posted in real time via live forum updates using three GPS's and Tapatalk.
We "might" be able to incorporate a Wayah Rd run or go all the way to Fontana Village, but it would require a much earlier departure time across the entire schedule. I am game on with what others would like to do, but keep in mind this extends the route. (which would be AWESOME).
Anticipating a 5.30 hour tour with our final resting stop at the MSSD Welcome Dinner in Bryson City. As the great BlimeyOne said, its not the destination but the journey! Being that this is led by RudyT, our ability to move forward is only limited by impala's. If listening to your tires chirp isn't considered great musical notes, then this might not be a great choice for your playlist on your ipod.
Who's with Me?
RudyT (PM if you need ph #)
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