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#987427 - 05/18/17 05:34 AM Re: UnRally XVI 2017 - Roads to Ride and Routes [Re: TyTass]  
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Thanks for the clarification Craig. Looking at the work you've put into this event, I would never criticize 1 small oversight like this.

Since we will be heading out from the frozen NW with Lester, I was looking at options for riding into Fontana Village using some of your recommended routes and couldn't find the maps for "Rockin down the Skyway". I tried putting them into Basecamp from your overview map, but it was showing some dashed roads where I thought your route went, so decided I'd better wait for a more detailed map or the digital version. Some of us OCD types spend more time planning our rides than the actual rides take.

I'm really looking forward to the gathering and riding some of the twisties that are available in the area.


Al
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#987443 - 05/18/17 12:57 PM Re: UnRally XVI 2017 - Roads to Ride and Routes [Re: TyTass]  
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UN_XVI – Rockin' Down the Skyway (129)
[Doobie Bros., 1971]

There won’t be any “Highway Blues” once you “Get your motor running” on this route! Our base leg to this route starts out with 50 miles of sweepers across the top of the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests, as both ridges come together and lend their charm to give us the name of the Cherohala Skyway. No cross traffic and amazing views will have you near moto nirvana as you twist and turn your way over to Tellico Plains. Stop for coffee or a snack, walk around, gas up, or else continue on route south via Hwy 68 and onto more sweepers. Pass through Ducktown, careful with that Highway Patrol with his eyes on you, and then drop down to Blue Ridge, GA, adding to your passport stamps! There you’ll have the chance to “Eat at Joe’s.” Joe’s BBQ that is, voted Best BBQ in GA in 2015!




Craig
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#987445 - 05/18/17 12:59 PM Re: UnRally XVI 2017 - Roads to Ride and Routes [Re: TyTass]  
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UN_XVI – Rockin' Down the Skyway_A (96.3-235)
[Doobie Bros., 1971]

After leaving Joe’s BBQ, you may be ready for the express route back to the resort. This is the shortest return leg in our tri-state adventure. Despite its diminutive stature, this leg is big on fun! A quick sprint through the Chattahoochee National Forest, via back roads up into NC. If you need alcohol back at the ranch, there’s an ABC Store on US-74 on the south side of Murphy, a short detour away. If you need a pick me up to finish the ride, Blue Mountain Coffee is a great location and home to some really tasty cookies and friendly natives. Then take to the back roads again, bypassing some boring section of US-74, until Andrews NC (don’t blink). From there you’ll start heading into the Nantahala Gorge before turning towards Robbinsville and on to the resort for the night(cap).




Craig
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#987446 - 05/18/17 01:01 PM Re: UnRally XVI 2017 - Roads to Ride and Routes [Re: TyTass]  
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UN_XVI – Rockin' Down the Skyway_B (134-263)
[Doobie Bros., 1971]

Second verse, same as the first! Well, almost …

A quick sprint through the Chattahoochee National Forest on some back roads, with a slight change from Route A as you head up to NC. A NW jog provides a great run up to the Hiawassee Dam. After the dam, the access road and then Joe Brown Hwy get really dam fun as you head to Murphy. If you need alcohol back at the ranch, there’s and ABC Store on US-74 on the south side of Murphy. If you need a pick me up to finish the ride, Blue Mountain Coffee is a great location and home to some really tasty cookies and friendly natives. Then take to the back roads again, bypassing some boring section of US-74, until Andrews NC (don’t blink). You’ll start heading into the Nantahala Gorge but will turn towards Robbinsville and on to the resort for an evening with friends.




Craig
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"The fool, with all his other faults, has this also, he is always getting ready to live." Seneca
#987448 - 05/18/17 01:02 PM Re: UnRally XVI 2017 - Roads to Ride and Routes [Re: TyTass]  
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UN_XVI – Rockin' Down the Skyway_C (177-306)
[Doobie Bros., 1971]

After leaving Joe’s BBQ, you may be ready to explore other valley SW of the Skyway. The afternoon begins with a sweet little detour down into the quaint town of Elijay, GA, which could serve as an alternate lunch stop. From there you’ll head NW to a great moto road, Hwy 2 (Chatsworth Hwy), which passes Fort Mountain State Park. A combination of back roads and highways gets you back up to TN. You’ll past Lake Ocoee, and some great valley roads with lots of sweepers on up to Tellico Plains. Fuel up, top off the camelback, or whatever else you need. Upon leaving Tellico, Hwy 360 takes you “around the horn,” to Hwy 72, and then back through the Dragon and HellBender and on to the resort for another night of fantastic company.




Craig
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#987449 - 05/18/17 01:06 PM Re: UnRally XVI 2017 - Roads to Ride and Routes [Re: Al_B]  
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"I'll get right on it ..." apparently meant "sometime tomorrow." facepalm

I should be posting the electronic routes in a week or so in a new post, but I'll also announce here so those following here will know.

We're getting very close, and I'm getting very excited.


Craig
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#987452 - 05/18/17 02:00 PM Re: UnRally XVI 2017 - Roads to Ride and Routes [Re: Al_B]  
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Originally Posted By: Al_B
Thanks for the clarification Craig. Looking at the work you've put into this event, I would never criticize 1 small oversight like this.

Since we will be heading out from the frozen NW with Lester, I was looking at options for riding into Fontana Village using some of your recommended routes and couldn't find the maps for "Rockin down the Skyway". I tried putting them into Basecamp from your overview map, but it was showing some dashed roads where I thought your route went, so decided I'd better wait for a more detailed map or the digital version. Some of us OCD types spend more time planning our rides than the actual rides take.

I'm really looking forward to the gathering and riding some of the twisties that are available in the area.


Al,
What does your last leg into FVR look like? If you guys are coming in from the west, through Nashville, I've got a nice route I could send you. It starts in Clarksville and either by-passes Nashville or goes straight through on the slab. East of Nashville it jumps off to the secondary highways. The ride gets better and better until you end up on the Cherohala. thumbsup It's right at 300 miles (482 km wink )

-mike


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#987454 - 05/18/17 02:24 PM Re: UnRally XVI 2017 - Roads to Ride and Routes [Re: TyTass]  
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Great job with the routes, as always Craig. And yes I do read your posts.
Joe Brown Rd was covered with fresh gravel during START.
But I am sure by the time the Un rolls around the locals will have the road swept clean, or not. Lol
Also parts of Joyce Kilmer have been repaved or at least sprayed with new tar.


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#987470 - 05/18/17 08:37 PM Re: UnRally XVI 2017 - Roads to Ride and Routes [Re: Bernie]  
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I will follow Bernie wherever he goes


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#987485 - 05/19/17 01:15 AM Re: UnRally XVI 2017 - Roads to Ride and Routes [Re: Whip]  
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Sure to be a good ride doing that. thumbsup


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