Meet point: Food Lion Shopping Center Parking Lot, in Zebulon, NC
Here's a map.

Meet time: 10AM, Saturday, April 12th
Driver's Meeting: 10:20AM
Departure: 10:30AM SHARP

PLEASE have a full tank of gas and be at the driver's meeting at 10:20! There may be no (cost effective) opportunities to fill up before mid-day on Sunday, approximately 220 miles later...

Route Leg 1 - Food Lion, Zebulon, NC to CPW's Restaurant, Greenville, NC
Here's the route map.

Jesse (02R53) has arranged a great lunch buffet for us at CPW's, an excellent restaurant in Greenville. This will let us get in and out fast. Menu will include a couple of pasta dishes, chicken quesadillas, salad, and tea/coffee for $12.95 adults, $6.50 kids. If a few people have a problem with the buffet, they can order off the regular menu - but if everyone did, we would run out of time and miss the ferry... please let me know if you will NOT be getting the buffet, so we can get CPW's an accurate count! If you're on the confirmed list, and do not tell me otherwise by Thursday April 10, we're assuming that you're buying the buffet for all members in your party and you will be expected to pay your share.

We should arrive at CPW's by 11:45AM.
Depart CPW's at 1:00PM

Route Leg 2 - CPW's Restaurant to Ocracoke, via Swan Quarter Ferry
Here's the route map.

Anyone planning to attend should book a reservation on this ferry ASAP - and do that before you book your hotel as the ferry is the most constrained resource - if you don't get on the 4PM ferry, you're not staying in Ocracoke that night... call 800-773-1094 for reservations!
Here's info on the Swan Quarter ferry.

Ferry leaves at 4:00PM. We plan to be there 3:00PM. If we aren't there by 3:30PM we lose our reservations. Ferry ride is about 2:40 long, so we should be in Ocracoke by about 6:45PM.

Plan is to maybe get a quick photo at the lighthouse before dark, then get checked into the hotel, then go to dinner (dinner approximately 7:30PM)

The Pony Island Motel is our "official" lodging for Saturday night - because they look "nice enough", and have good rates, and have enough space to accommodate our entire group. The motel normally has a 2 night minimum stay on weekends - they've agreed to waive this requirement for us on April 12 - but you MUST tell them you're with the Tar Heel MINI Club! Their rates range from about $69 to $85. They do have some nicer "suites" available, but these still have a 3 night minimum - they will allow us to upgrade to those rooms for the difference if cost (rate for those is about $125 per night) IF they are available when we check in. Call them at [SIZE=2]866-928-4411 for reservations. If you prefer other accommodations on the island, you're certainly free to do your own thing![/SIZE]

"Official" dinner spot will probably be Howard's Pub. They know we're coming, but Saturday is their busy night and they can't reserve tables for us, so there will likely be a wait and we'll be seated as tables open up. If it's too crowded when we get there, we can split up across there and a few of the other restaurants nearby. Separate checks, order off the menu. Good seafood at several places including Howard's.

Here's a map of Ocracoke village.

Here's lots of info on Ocracoke restaurants, accommodations, etc.

Route Leg 3 - Ocracoke to Big Al's Soda Shop, Manteo, NC via Hatteras Ferry
Here's the route map.

There are a few places near the hotel to pickup breakfast, if desired.
Depart hotel 9:00AM

Drive down the island, line up for the 10:00AM ferry to Hatteras.
Here's info on the Hatteras ferry.

If all goes well, and we all make that ferry, that puts us in Hatteras at 10:40AM. We'll stop at the lighthouse for 20-30 minutes, then will continue to the Bodie Island lighthouse for another brief stop and more photos. Then will continue to Manteo for lunch at Big Al's Soda Fountain at about 1:00PM.

Here's info on the lighthouses.

Route Leg 4 - Manteo, NC back to Zebulon, NC
Here's the route map.

It's about a 3 hour drive from Manteo back to Raleigh - this should get us back to Raleigh by 5:00PM or so, and folks from points west can make it home by dark-ish.

Bring GMRS radios if you have them - as always, THMMC channel is 20 sub 20!