Ok I'll admit I'm a little confused regarding this springs' FotD meet. Just so it's firmed up and in one thread I can wrap my head around:
*Starts Thursday, April 3rd, 2014. Ends Sunday, April 6th
*Tally Ho Inn is the host accommodation in Townsend, TN
*Scenic and spirited drives through the beautiful Smokey Mountains, including pre-planned routes such as the Tail of the Dragon, and Devils Triangle.
I've been to the Dragon a lot. I was one of the co-founders of the MINI's on the Dragon back in '03, and I've been at least once a year since then. There are some basics to cover:
*Weather: rain or shine. Don't be a hero and bring your racing slicks.
*Safety: Several motorcyclists die every year trying to navigate these roads, and occasionally a motorist too. These roads are dangerous. Chances are you're not as good a driver as you want to brag about to your forum-mates. #1 is being able to drive your car back home in one piece. Driving 10/10ths here is not smart, always leave some headroom for when a boar, deer, or bear decides its their road, or when a stray muscle car forgets he can't use both lanes, or a cocky sport-biker decides to cross the double yellow to pass a slow sedan and ends up in your windshield. All very common occurrences, yes seriously.
*Fun: This place is super fun, super beautiful, and super secluded. When enjoyed responsibly, it's among one of the most amazing getaway weekends you'll ever have.
To the organizers, please add fundamental things I'm forgetting!
See you there,