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Mickey Richaud
07-18-2012, 09:41 AM
Janet and I are planning on being in E. Tennessee for part of November. Any interest in an informal gathering of BCF folks then? Anyone able to get away to take in some fall color?

DNK
07-18-2012, 10:07 AM
What part Mick?

Mickey Richaud
07-18-2012, 10:11 AM
Pretty much anywhere near the Nat'l Park.

rick_ingram
07-18-2012, 11:07 AM
Mickey....the V8 crew is planning an informal gathering in Townsend the weekend of October 5-6. Contact Dan Masters for additional information.

Mickey Richaud
07-18-2012, 11:09 AM
Thanks, Rick. Kelly sent me a note about that. I hope to be there for at least part of that.

ecurie_ecosse
07-18-2012, 11:28 AM
I'll take a rain check on this one,Mickey.I'll be heading "down under" around then. :savewave:

Stuart. :cheers:

DART
07-18-2012, 11:32 AM
I assume you mean to be anywhere BUT Pigeon Forge. I could see a fall trip down that way. What is this British V-8 thing of which you speak?? Didn't lots of British cars have these sweet little hemi's in them like in my SP?? :jester:

Mickey Richaud
07-18-2012, 03:16 PM
Yeah, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg - VERY crowded!

But plenty of places in and around the Nat'l Park to hook up.

We've talked about BCF gatherings in the past, but it's never happened. If there's enough interest, I'd be glad to work something up.

Mickey Richaud
07-18-2012, 03:23 PM
A little incentive:

https://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s221/MickeyTRMG/Fall%20Colors/PICT0385.jpg

Gliderman8
07-18-2012, 03:28 PM
Tempting Micky, tempting!
It's a 10+ hour drive for me but it would be cool to go.

DART
07-18-2012, 04:51 PM
If you decide to go Elliot, we might hook up on the way down south. Just a thought.

Gliderman8
07-18-2012, 04:54 PM
I will certainly keep that in mind... thanks!

Mickey Richaud
07-18-2012, 05:24 PM
Let's keep the discussion going. At some point, we'll exchange contact info and get serious, if there's enough interest. Think first two weeks of November...

DART
07-18-2012, 05:39 PM
Timing sounds right. We're looking at -maybe- a couple or 3 nights at Biltmore. Been on our bucket list & we missed it on our cross country trip return because of time pressures. Like you say, let's see what developes.

Mickey Richaud
07-18-2012, 06:42 PM
Biltmore's an easy drive from the Park.

And the Tail of the Dragon is right there, too!

weewillie
07-18-2012, 09:46 PM
And the Tail of the Dragon is right there, too!



Is that like the hair of the dog Mickey?

Guest
07-18-2012, 10:14 PM
Of course you guys would want to do this durring cruisin' the coast.

Mickey Richaud
07-19-2012, 07:42 AM
And the Tail of the Dragon is right there, too!



Is that like the hair of the dog Mickey?

Could be...

Mickey Richaud
07-19-2012, 07:43 AM
Of course you guys would want to do this durring cruisin' the coast.

Don't know nuttin' 'bout no cruisin' the coast. The fall is the best time to be in the Smokies.

rick_ingram
07-19-2012, 08:26 AM
And the Tail of the Dragon is right there, too!



Is that like the hair of the dog Mickey?

While there are MANY fun roads to experience in the area, the Tail is probably the most publicized.

318 turns in 11 miles.

Mickey Richaud
07-19-2012, 08:34 AM
While there are MANY fun roads to experience in the area, the Tail is probably the most publicized.


Yep, and most publicized = most crowded! Plenty of other roads to choose from, and lots to see and do apart from dodging crotch rockets and 18-wheelers.

rick_ingram
07-19-2012, 12:57 PM
While there are MANY fun roads to experience in the area, the Tail is probably the most publicized.


Yep, and most publicized = most crowded! Plenty of other roads to choose from, and lots to see and do apart from dodging crotch rockets and 18-wheelers.

I've driven the Tail a half dozen times and have only met one 18 wheeler. Maybe I've jusr been lucky.

The crotch rockets are the ones that you really need to be leary of while navigating SR129.

I also got caught behind a Honda Goldwing on one trip...he could have stopped his bike, put the kickstand down, and walked through the turns faster than he was taking them.

Mickey Richaud
07-23-2012, 08:52 AM
OK - just throwing this out to see if anyone bites:

Just learned about the "Southern Dozen" - 12 different drives out of Johnson City, Tenn. Rides vary from 30 to 150 miles each. Any interest?

Southern Dozen (https://southerndozen.com/therides.php)

DART
07-23-2012, 11:33 AM
Those look friendlier than the Tail. Keep tempting us, Mickey.

Mickey Richaud
07-23-2012, 12:25 PM
Those look friendlier than the Tail. Keep tempting us, Mickey.

As others have said, the reality is that there are PLENTY of beautiful roads/drives in the area. It would be great if we could organize a BCF event over there in November. I'm ready and willing to work on this, if we can get enough folks interested. Lots of time to organize something. PM or email me (address is in my profile info), and let's get this thing going!

Mickey Richaud
09-21-2012, 01:24 PM
OK - Resurrecting this idea.

Anyone interested? Janet and I are still planning on being in E. Tennessee from November 5-17. Anyone interested in getting together for drives/cookouts/whatever? Our home base will be Townsend, just on the edge of the Great Smoky Mtn. Nat'l. Park. Lots of hotels, campgrounds, and rental cabins around.

Nearby attractions: The Park, of course; Dollywood; Gatlinburg; Tail of the Dragon; enough arts and crafts to gag a maggot; bluegrass music; etc., etc.

We're going, regardless. Just thought some of you might want to make the trip, and perhaps celebrate the launch of the new BCF! Plus, just to sweeten the deal, Janet and I would be more than willing to cook up a pot of gumbo, red beans and rice, and/or jambalaya.

Any takers?

drooartz
09-21-2012, 02:36 PM
Boy, wish I could join in. A bit far of a trip for me, though.

Guest
09-21-2012, 03:19 PM
Very tempting. 9 hours from me. I'm thinking about it, it all depends. Gotta talk to the boss.

bgbassplyr
09-21-2012, 08:05 PM
Townsend, huh, Mick?

My wife,s family is from that area: Loudon, Sweetwater, et al.

Pretty country.

Mickey Richaud
09-21-2012, 08:28 PM
Pretty indeed! Plenty to see; if you want theme park atmosphere, it's there; but lots of still pristene areas to enjoy as well.

Color me ready!

DART
09-21-2012, 08:37 PM
Dang Mickey, I just discovered we have subscription ballet tickets at Kennedy Center 11/8 & 15. :cryin: I was the same colour as you! Plus, if we did that trip it would include a couple nights in Ashville...so not being able to stuff 10# of in a 5# sack, we are not going to be able to make it. Do it again in the spring and it should be a different story.

PAUL161
09-22-2012, 04:56 AM
How come I don't remember the Toll Booth on the Dragon? :confuse: Maybe their still looking for me! :driving:

Guest
09-22-2012, 10:45 AM
How come I don't remember the Toll Booth on the Dragon? :confuse: Maybe their still looking for me! :driving:

Ignore it and floor it! :thumbsup:


Oooooooow we all gotta go now, gotta go buzz the toll booth !!!!


I say thread it doing at least 60. Everyone in line about ten feet apart max. Go green once you make it through the booth. :wink: :driving:

DART
09-22-2012, 01:48 PM
troublemaker

Guest
09-22-2012, 02:17 PM
troublemaker

Says the guy with the Hemi. :whistle:

:jester:

14dna
09-30-2012, 07:30 PM
Mickey, you have a PM

Dave :savewave:

rick_ingram
09-30-2012, 07:39 PM
I say thread it doing at least 60. Everyone in line about ten feet apart max. Go green once you make it through the booth. :wink: :driving:

The Dragon at 60mph?

Where shall I send the flowers for your funeral?

Mickey Richaud
09-30-2012, 08:19 PM
Mickey, you have a PM

Dave :savewave:

Got it, and responded!

14dna
10-02-2012, 03:17 PM
Mickey, Annie has her holidays approved for the first week of November.
All I have to do is book a cottage and we are there.
Now if a few more BCF members are up for a meeting.
Well, I'm waiting?

Dave :cheers:

Mickey Richaud
10-02-2012, 03:38 PM
C'mon, folks - let's get a party going! Nov. 5-10.

14dna
10-04-2012, 07:31 PM
Have a place booked for Nov 4-9.
Now both Mickey and I will be there, with our lovely brides.
Anybody else up for an impromptu meeting?

Dave and Annie :savewave:

DrEntropy
10-04-2012, 07:44 PM
Oh, BOTHER!!

DART
10-04-2012, 09:30 PM
Bother or Brother?
I'm really bummed we can't be there too.

DrEntropy
10-05-2012, 08:29 AM
Quotin' th' Pooh-bear, Dale.

DART
10-05-2012, 09:25 AM
I should know better than to ? a post from you that made sense. Sorry, Doc. :bow:

14dna
10-10-2012, 03:55 PM
Guys;
Annie and I are going to be in Pigeon Forge from Nov 4 to 9 along with Mickey and Janet. We would love to spend some time with BCF members and put a face to the names.We are trying to plan a meal or more so lets put something together. Got a whole week, so help me out.

Dave :cheers:

Mickey Richaud
10-10-2012, 07:38 PM
C'mon, folks! Got to be someone who can hook up with us!

hilsideser
10-10-2012, 07:47 PM
Mickey. Drive thru Maggie Valley, then head to Barber's Orchard Fruit stand for baked goods, apples and cider. My barn/shop is 1/4 mile donw the road. I'll chill a vintage "box" of chillable red and have it waiting for you at the barn. Darts & Spits await you there!

Mickey Richaud
10-10-2012, 07:56 PM
Mickey. Drive thru Maggie Valley, then head to Barber's Orchard Fruit stand for baked goods, apples and cider. My barn/shop is 1/4 mile donw the road. I'll chill a vintage "box" of chillable red and have it waiting for you at the barn. Darts & Spits await you there!



AWRIGHT!!!!

Duly noted, Patrick!

Dave and I were just talking today about a side trip. We will definitely be in touch!

OK, folks - Patrick has just stepped up. Anyone else?

bob67bgt
10-12-2012, 02:30 PM
I can make it! If a side trip to the NC mountains is in the cards Lynda and I can sleep 3 or 4 extra couples at our mountain cabin. There is a loop that runs hwy 80 / short run on the pkwy and down 221(or is it 226?). Fun roads without alot of traffic. We are 2 miles off the parkway on hwy 80. There may be more info on the route at blindkenny.com Bob

Mickey Richaud
10-12-2012, 04:04 PM
Now we're talkin'! :banana:

14dna
10-12-2012, 05:35 PM
OK, even Annie is dancin'. I am really looking forward to this trip. Bob, just keep the first week open.

Annie and Dave (Crazy Canucks!)
:crazyeyes: :banana:

Mickey Richaud
10-13-2012, 07:35 AM
I can make it! If a side trip to the NC mountains is in the cards Lynda and I can sleep 3 or 4 extra couples at our mountain cabin. There is a loop that runs hwy 80 / short run on the pkwy and down 221(or is it 226?). Fun roads without alot of traffic. We are 2 miles off the parkway on hwy 80. There may be more info on the route at blindkenny.com Bob

Looks like it's a little over a three-hour drive from Townsend, Bob. May be able to make this work!

Mickey Richaud
10-23-2012, 08:59 AM
Gettin' closer!

Anyone else care to join us? Would love to do a drive through the Nat'l Park to Gatlinburg, then maybe the Roaring Fork Nature Trail drive:

https://www.smokymountainnavigator.com/index.asp?mid=69&mid2=198

Or maybe Cades Cove:

https://www.smokymountainnavigator.com/index.asp?mid=70&mid2=191

Mickey

DART
10-23-2012, 09:05 AM
Will you be able to post a blog, or still/video pictures for us stay-at-homes??

Mickey Richaud
10-23-2012, 09:13 AM
Not sure of a video, but could do a blog. The only glitch is that our cabin does not have internet. Can definitely do something at trip's end - pictures, too.

weewillie
10-23-2012, 09:27 AM
Would loved to have gone except I just paid for a wedding in Oct. Just make sure all you guys and gals have fun. However I will be in N Carolina in May for a wedding.

bob67bgt
11-01-2012, 11:23 AM
Hey Mickey,
I have a MG club meeting on Tuesday the 6th. Plus voting! Available anytime after that. Let me know when you thing it would be a good time for me to get to Tenn. Just a when and where is all I need. Bob

Mickey Richaud
11-01-2012, 11:24 AM
Hey, Bob -

Will give you a call shortly.

Mickey

DART
11-20-2012, 12:37 PM
Well...........how was it??? Where are the foto's??? Inquiring twisted minds want to know!!!24260

Mickey Richaud
11-20-2012, 12:51 PM
We went, we ate, we rested!

No pictures taken. Didn't even bring the MG this time. Lots of drizzly weather, but it was a great break for both of us.

Guest
11-20-2012, 01:03 PM
WHAT ?!?!?! I'm almost there !!!

Now you tell me !!!


:D

DART
11-21-2012, 11:38 AM
:lol::lol: Good one, Billy. Mickey, the trip is still on my list, so let us all know if/when there is another smokies break.
Drizzle on the twisties could have been "interesting".

Mickey Richaud
11-21-2012, 11:43 AM
Will do, Dale.

I'd really like to get a BCF meet together there sometime, so let's talk it up!