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We wanted to let everyone know that that a ride has been planned for each day of NASSIR 7.

Tuesday's ride can be called the Cherohala/Dragon ride with some other local roads thrown in for good measure.

Wednesday's ride is called Clingman's Dome ride.

Thursday's ride is to The Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley. For those of you who want to tour the Museum, Dale is giving us a group discount of $10.00 per person. The museum tour really needs two days to see everything properly so we plan to leave early and spend most of the day to see as much as possible. The ride to the museum will take a little over an hour.

I have been riding all the roads around Fontana for the past few days and they are busy with bikes and cars touring the area. There must have been over 100 Corvettes there this past weekend. Needless to say, SAFETY is our most important concern for everyone attending. So the group rides will be at prevailing posted speeds with pit stops scheduled. Detailed directions will be provided so everyone will know where we will be throughout each ride.

The temperature difference between the valleys and the mountains fluctuates as much as 20 degrees so bring adequate clothing including rain gear; just in case!
We will see everyone next month for a wonderful get-to-gether!

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The ride to Clingmans Dome parking lot is a good ride.
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Now, if you want to actually see the dome, you better be in good shape.
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I made it to the dome in 2012 and it only took me 3 hours to walk it and I almost died:ROFL: but I do have a worthless right leg and there are plenty of benches along the trail to sit down on and rest. I took a group back there in 2013 and I stayed in the parking lot and that group were all in good shape and was back in less than an hour.

The view is excellent even from the parking lot and the roads getting there are great. Everyone that goes will enjoy the day:waving:
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They are closed on Tuesday and Wednesday so Thursday was the only day available during our rally. We are excited about visiting the museum as a group!
See you next month!
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Beenshot, thanks for the pics! The route selected should be a treat for everyone! Bring your cameras and charge your batteries!
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Do you have ride maps you can post so those of us that don't know the area can see what and where we ride, check out the roads, stops etc..

I don't like group riding more than about 5 mostly or maybe 8 bikes max, so I'll probably not ride with a large group, but may ride my own ride and meet up at stops or such later. Sounds like fun rides and a great time, I just do not like group riding.

I really don't need to be in a group on something like Dragon, bad enough to be a hazard to myself, don't need to take anyone else out with me!!
3 or 4 friends along is an ok group for me, provides help to pull my wing out of the trees if needed. LOL
 

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Chromo, The rides we currently have planned are not in "map" format. There will be individual sets of directions for each ride in everyone's packet. They aren't set in concrete yet except for the ride to the museum in Maggie Valley on Thursday.
Right now the Cherohala/Dragon ride is Hwy 28 to 129. Left to the Cherohala Skyway. Ride to Tellico with a few stops. Hwy 160 out of Tellico to Vonoire to 411. Hwy 411 to Maryville and lunch at The Shed. Hwy 321 toward Townsend and go right on the Foothills Parkway back to Hwy 129. Then up the Dragon concluding the ride.

I do understand your reluctance to group riding. I have been on several rides that had 100+ Valkyries in attendance riding thru the Virginia/West Virginia coal fields. Narrow twisty mountain roads with riders of all skill levels. Our rides went without injury or accident, primarily because we always ride with safety as our first motive. I am not the most skilled rider in our group but I am a safe rider and you are welcome to ride with me. I do plan to go over group riding with everyone, hopefully to give tips on where to ride, what to watch for, hand signals etc.

The second day's ride to Clingman's Dome will start with a ride down The Dragon and turning right on The Foothills Parkway. Go right on 321 and go to Townsend. Go left to the Sugarland Visitor's Center North of Gatlinburg. Then up the mountain toward Cherokee to Clingman's Dome on the top of the Mountain. Then to Cherokee, Bryson City and Hwy 28 back to Fontana.

Again, we could replace these rides if another ride is submitted that sounds better. The fact is, there isn't a bad ride anywhere in the NC, TN, SC area!

The Dragon is a 20 MPH ride tops, especially with a group. I followed three bikes down the Dragon Monday that had their flashers on and riding slowly. I believe the lead rider was showing al least one of the others how to safely ride it.

I do not currently have a CB radio so I am looking for someone to lead the ride/s so that proper communications can be maintained between the lead and drag bikes. Help would be much appreciated. Ninety-nine percent of my riding is done without other riders so I would prefer not to have to buy a CB if possible.

I hope this is a useful preview to the rides currently scheduled, as well as, the posted area rides already in place that are available to smaller groups.

Another idea is, that smaller groups can follow or lead without worrying about riding in the main group. This is a very flexible situation and can accommodate everyone!

This is my first NASSIR so comments and suggestions will be appreciated.
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Bernie, I've got a CB on my bike and are willing to run "Snowman" for a ride or 2, depending on what I need to volunteer for. It's not working at the present but it will by NASSIR time!

Now then... Who want's to be "The Bandit"??!!! :cool: :grin:
 

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Roscoepc, good to hear from you! We would love to have you ride drag for us! It will be good to see you again. I may have to break down and buy a bike CB. All this hi tech stuff is beyond me!
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Hi Tech?? My CB is a simple Cobra 19 that I mounted to the left side fairing. Yes, I have to use a hand mike but I've got it down to where there's a minimum of hand movement so it's pretty safe to use..
 

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Thanks.

Having the directions for the rides and roads is good. I can look things up and look at the roads now to see where they go.

I never use my CB's so don't have any type of mikes for mine either.

I been to Telico once a couple years ago. Not sure what roads we rode then, got to the Deals gap store somehow but not the dragon, I think we passed a big dam also.
Should be interesting try to look at the roads on Google or MapQuest for the area.
 

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Bernie, I have a CB and I would love to lead the ride on the Cherohala and Dragon route. Im not spirited rider but have riden that area enough to know some good meeting places on the route to regroup. That way the spirited riders can ride their ride and the slower riders that enjoy the view can ride their ride.

Chromo, you'd be comfortable on this ride as there is only one section of road that we would all have to maintain a slower speed limit and stay together for the most part (Traffic lights etc...), the rest is mostly curvy with no way out except over the edge or at the end where we all meet up.
 

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The Cherohala/Dragon ride is a route that I had already planned to do. I have ridden the Dragon both ways but have only ridden the Cherohala and foothills the opposite of what this ride planned to do. I would also like to be sure to stop at the waterfalls off the Cherohala.

I will wait to see how many are planning to go on this ride before I sign on for a group ride, perhaps we could plan the ride to be done on Wednesday and Thursday so it could be done with smaller groups. There may be others that can lead out on opposite days. I am also one who would prefer to be a group of about 6 bikes.
 

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Doug, On Thursday, Im not planning on going on that ride unless Dubs needs me to, if thats the case then maybe a a handful of us could ride out that way. I know of the falls you speak of, and someday want to complete that ride through the woods on that road instead of turning around and heading back. I was told by locals that it does go through, but I didn't have a clear understanding of were it comes out. It's not on the local maps of the area, just shows the road going in a few miles and stopping.
 

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Bernie, about the Tuesday and Wednesday rides.. Are we gonna be back around 5:00 pm or so? The reason I'm asking is I'm gonna volunteer for the 5-10 shift on the Welcome table those 2 days so I can make the rides..

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Everyone, First. Bald River Falls can be included on the Cherohala/Dragon ride. That is an easy addition. Second. Jobe05 (John) I welcome your help with open arms! If you would lead the Clingman's Dome and the Maggie Valley Rides I would be most appreciative! However, if you have a group that wants you to take them somewhere we don't get to visit your help would be needed there. Third. Rosco. How do you hear on the car CB you are using? I could spring for a cheap CB and antennae just in case. But on Wednesday I really need to stay at Fontana to set up some riding exercises! You guys do not know how much I appreciate your volunteering to help us!
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Jobe05, What morning are you planning to fix pancakes? Do you have a specific campsite? I bet Mel and Sandi would let us use theirs! What do I need to bring to the party? If you fix everyone's breakfast, you and your wife really need to attend the dinner with everyone! I would be honored to have you with us!
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Third. Rosco. How do you hear on the car CB you are using?
Well,, I was gonna say with my ears but I don't think that's the answer you want... :grin: :grin: Actually at the speeds we're gonna be riding at: 35-45mph, it's fairly easy to hear what's being said over the stock speaker, Anymore than that though and it becomes a problem and I would need an external speaker mounted on the dash....

Hmmm... I just had a thought.. If I can get a mini jack headphone splitter so's I can hook the CB output and my MP3 player output into the FM modulator, I can have a louder CB AND my music over my stock stereo!!

Thanks Bernie!! You're a Genius!! Time for a trip to Radio Shack!!!! :grin:
 

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I am working on the plans for breakfast as we speak. I'll get a posting up within the next day or 2 with the details.

Im not familiar with the Clingmans Dome ride, But I can find a map and find it. If you have a route planned to get there, just PM it or email it to me and I'll do it.
 

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Almost forgot, Don, the rides are planned to be back in time for everyone to relax a little before evening, socialize etc!

Halfling has offered his campsite to do the pancake breakfast at. This is sounding better and better! Did I mention I love link sausage with pancakes? I can bring those and regular sausage patties if it sounds good.

Jobe05, please don't burn the pancakes!!!!!!!!:ROFL:
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Nope!! You guys have done a lot for the group! Let me do this. I wasn;t going to do sausage or bacon but if you want it! I'll get it. Won't it be nice to show up to something an be able to kick your feet up and relax a bit also??
 
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