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Old 08-25-2013, 06:10 PM
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September 14th

Diamondback Hwy 226-A 190 curves in 12 Miles

9:30 Leave Bojangles, I-40 Exit 125 Hickory NC

10:15 Arrive Love’s Truck Stop, I-40 Exit 86 Marion, NC for bio break, gas and munchies.

10:30 Leave Love’s for Diamondback on Hwy 221/226 to Hwy 226-A. Diamondback is a very nice stretch of road but unlike the Tail of the Dragon Diamondback does have quite a few driveways until you get deep into the run. Be mindful of them.

11:00 Arrive in Little Switzerland , there is a gift shop at the top of the mountain for those who want Diamondback t-shirts, stickers and such. Parking is limited there, so all may not be able to stop.

At Little Switzerland, we will head south on the Blue Ridge Parkway, stopping at the first overlook on the left, Deerlick Gap Overlook. This is a great place to assemble for photos. We will wait there for those who choose to stop for souvenirs.

We can take another bio break about 3 miles down the Parkway at Crabtree Falls. They have bathrooms and snacks there.

From Crabtree Falls we will head to Mt. Mitchell for more pics, lunch and great views from the highest peak east of the Mississippi.

Not sure of an exact departure time, but we will most likely head back sometime around 2:00 – 2:30. We will return to Marion via Hwy 80, left onto 70 back to 221/226 to I-40. This is a nice little stretch of road, dropping 2,500 ft in 10 miles.

Depending on interest and timing, we can gather again in the Hickory area for dinner. Let me know if you are interested and I can offer up some options.

Attendees:
Alan & Debbie
Chad & Amanda
Clint & Jessie
Jeff & Jennifer - strong maybe
Clark & Ella
Dana & Heather
Dave & Kim - strong maybe
Larry & Alice
JJ
Steve2Stangs - trying to clear schedule
Larry
Steve & maybe Rhonda
David
Kevin
Morgan & maybe Elaine
Shelby, NC Blue Oval Ford Club

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Should be good for that, just gotta check with Jessie.
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Originally Posted by alan0614 View Post
September 14th

Diamondback Hwy 226-A 190 curves in 12 Miles

9:30 Leave Bojangles, I-40 Exit 125 Hickory NC

10:15 Arrive Love’s Truck Stop, I-40 Exit 86 Marion, NC for bio break, gas and munchies.

10:30 Leave Love’s for Diamondback on Hwy 221/226 to Hwy 226-A. Diamondback is a very nice stretch of road but unlike the Tail of the Dragon Diamondback does have quite a few driveways until you get deep into the run. Be mindful of them.

11:00 Arrive in Little Switzerland , there is a gift shop at the top of the mountain for those who want Diamondback t-shirts, stickers and such. Parking is limited there, so all may not be able to stop.

At Little Switzerland, we will head south on the Blue Ridge Parkway, stopping at the first overlook on the left, Deerlick Gap Overlook. This is a great place to assemble for photos. We will wait there for those who choose to stop for souvenirs.

We can take another bio break about 3 miles down the Parkway at Crabtree Falls. They have bathrooms and snacks there.

From Crabtree Falls we will head to Mt. Mitchell for more pics, lunch and great views from the highest peak east of the Mississippi.

Not sure of an exact departure time, but we will most likely head back sometime around 2:00 – 2:30. We will return to Marion via Hwy 80, left onto 70 back to 221/226 to I-40. This is a nice little stretch of road, dropping 2,500 ft in 10 miles.

Depending on interest and timing, we can gather again in the Hickory area for dinner. Let me know if you are interested and I can offer up some options.

Attendees:
Alan & Debbie
Chad & Amanda
**ROUTE DETOUR**
I-40 EASTBOUND is closed at mile maker 180 due to bridge construction!
Those travelling back eastbound are best advised to use exit 170 (rt 601 to 421) or stick to 421 thru Winston-Salem to I-40

Alan,
With that out of the way, Ella and I would LOVE to attend as we will be heading back from Gatlinburg, and this will be on the way home.
Could you also figure in a possible detour to the itinerary for us needing to hit 421 on the way home?? Or we could use the 40-601-421-40 detour if that is easier, which it looks like it might be.

We'll be meeting the group @ Love's in Marion

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Clark, I will work on something. 64 from Mocksville to Lexington to 85 North is a possibility. That would add less than 30 minutes to the trip.
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Heather and I are in....
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I'm in. I'll check with Rhonda.
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I'm in. I'll check with Rhonda.
Pibb Extra will be on ice if she comes.
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Pibb Extra will be on ice if she comes.
I'll tell her, Thanks
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