This is it, the countdown to the 2008 Tail of the Dragon run has reached 7 days….
In order to let everything go as smoothly as possible i would like to ask all of you to please read everything carefully… whoever asks me one question about any info mentioned in this post will not get a goodiebag
First of all I want to thank all of you for attending this years event, thanks to all the sponsors without all of you this wouldn’t be nearly as fun.
So on to business…
Make sure you car is in top mechanical condition, this is a pretty far trip and a lot can happen, besides that the TOD is a vey damading road, I would say it’s a trackday times 10. Very hard on brakes, tires and you the driver ... I`m not even going to start to scare passengers!
Try to get a 2 way radio, this will be very helpfull for the trip down as for when we are in NC, it’s a very rural area with no cell phone signal!
Bring a camera, video camera … the area is beautifull and you will want to take some memories home with you.
Cartags will be handed out to you, when you meet up with the group look for me and ask your tag.
This is what you`ll get. http://i104.photobucket.com/al...T.jpg
You have to fill this in and stick it on your car, preferably on your rear driverside window.
This is how you should fill it in. http://i104.photobucket.com/al...g.jpg
You can either do this with a sharpie or invest $3-4 and go to staples and pick up some 1” high vinyl letters.
Bring your front license plate and zipties, the police has been pretty actif at TOD, if we get pulled over we might be able to avoid some tickets.
For the people joining us on the trip down starting in NYC
We have a pretty big group of people driving down this year, estimate 25-30 cars after our final meetup in WV.
To make shure this all goes smoothly and without to much stress for everybody I would like to ask all of you to keep some tips in mind.
Make sure that your car is fully filled up when you meet up with us at a meeting spot, the cars that are driving to this spot will have to fill up also and if we need to wait for 20 plus cars to fill up it could take a while.
Fill up at every stop regardless if your tank is half empty or only ¼.
Use the restrooms at every stop, this especially counts for all the ladies!!!!!!!
Try to signal ahead of every lane change, let people know what you want to do, dont flip on your blinker and fly in the other lane.
If by any chance you have to stop for any reason beside a mechanical issue, the group will continue and you will have to catch up.
We drive over a fairly long distance if you break away from the group because of traffic don’t panic right away, you will most likely catch up pretty quick.
We will not drive down to fast, I know a lot will say “yeah yeah Edwin will be the first to speed of” … well your going to be wrong then, I understand that this year the group is to big with to many people that are not familiar with eachothers driving style so we have to keep it within reason to avoid any incidents.
I just want to ask that you understand that you cant drive 55mph all the way down, if you want to do this then your welcome to do so and we`ll see you either at the hotel in VA or in NC.
Keep your eyes open for police, even if we are not breaking any laws we will still stand out and they could see the chance to write a lot of tickets for stupid reasons.
If we get pulled over be so smart to hide all video equipment ASAP without drawing to much attention.
Don’t tell then where we are going, if they ask were on our way to Disneyland in a way we are…. No serious tell them we are going to Memphis, we don’t want a police escort all the way to Robbinsville.
At the Tail of the Dragon
Have a look at the schedule and try to keep yourself to it, again use all the stops we do to fill up your car and empty yourself, there are not a lot of gas stations in the area so you`ll need it.
9.30 AM meet at the Tapoco lodge, all goodie bags will be handed out at this time.
10 AM Head out to do the Big loop Run 3.5 hrs 118miles.
We start by driving the Tail of The dragon, then head out over to the Cherohala Skyway to end up in Robinsville around 1pm for Lunch.
There are plenty of fast food restaurant in the area to pick from.
We`ll have 2 gas stops one when we hit RT 411 another in Robinsville.
There are not a lot of gas stations in the area so I suggest you fill up even if your tank is only half empty!
2.30 PM Head out to the TOD again, drive this one and make some pictures along the way to end up at a parking lot on the TN side of the Dragon next to the lake¡K for more pictures and flyby video`s ƒº
4.30 PM Drive to NC again over the TOD, on our way to the Fontana Dam, make pictures at the bottom and top of the dam and maybe meet up with the Crossfire guys.
7.00 PM .:RBQ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !
9.00 PM Drawing of the prizes for the .:R egg Hunt!!!
The Eggs that are not found at this time and that might be found afterwards will still be worth a price!!!
9.30 PM Rockband Contest!!!! In the Tapoco Lodge, we have a Official NorEastR its up to the other Areas to get a group together, we`ll battle it out over 3 songs, all groups will play the same song, winners will receive a price!!!
After that its a free for all....
The rest of the evening ...
Sunday meet at 11.30AM at the Tapoco Lodge.
Head out to the Restaurant at the start of TOD for Lunch.
From there do some runs on TOD or go out to the Dam again for a photoshoot with those that only join us on Sunday.
Leave back up north around 4-5PM.
On The Tail of the Dragon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Last year we got a little bit to excited when we were down there, we had fun, we were very lucky it all went incident free but it was actually pretty crazy.
I have to ask everybody to try to stay on their side of the double yellow line, meaning on the righthand side
If I hear from anybody that somebody is driving to crazy and doesn’t care about the line crossing I will have to ask you to leave the rest of the group. I don’t want to sound like a bitch here, its for your and everybody elses safety.
If you feel that the group is driving to fast and you have problems to keep up with the pace, don’t feel bad, this is a very demanding road that will tire even the most experienced drivers 318 turns is a lot in 11 miles!!!
Stick your hand out of the window and signal to the car behind you that you want to slow down and wait till you reach the next turnof, park your car get out and take a couple breaths of fresh air and continue to have relaxed fun, we will be waiting for you at the other end of the dragon.
Usefull information adviced to print out!
Meet up areas
Exit 16W in NJ (disregard the date)
HOTEL where we`ll stay in VA
we`ll most likely stay here, this is not 100% so dont make reservations!
5558 Lee Hwy.
Atkins, VA 24311
Just in case and only in emergency, I know you all love me you don’t need to call me and tell me … my cell 860 205 0617
Then not to clutter the forum and to please some of the cry babies, I`ll start a Official TOD picture thread the morning we`ll leave, this way we can post pictures from the moment we are on the road and those that cant join us will know what their missing ...