Ok folks, the Planning Commission for the Board of Directors of the Tour de Smo' Organization has completed the architecture of the Second Annual Tour de Smo' event. That of course means that Corey, Stan, and I spoke about it and picked a weekend. This year's event will be the last weekend in September and will be based at the Maggie Valley Creekside Lodge in, uh, Maggie Valley. Early arrivers will show up on Wednesday, 26 September, and the date most folks will be leaving is Sunday, 30 September. Cruises will be on Thursday (27th), Friday (28th), and Saturday (29th).
We haven't picked which cruise will happen on which day, but my vote is for the Tail of the Dragon on Friday, which some of us who have done it many times may skip to tour the Wheels Through Time Museum or go to some of the breweries in Asheville. I vote for doing the Rattler on Friday as that is the one that everybody liked the most last year and you get to do it in each direction. You leave the Lodge and drive the Rattler straight out of town to Hot Springs where you stop for lunch. After lunch you turn around and head back to the lodge via the Rattler. It's a nice day on the best road around (in my view). For Saturday I'd suggest the Blue Ridge Parkway run we did last year. Talk about scenic!
Meal will require a lot of preparation and planning - basically we meet in the parking lot and decide which restaurant we'll walk to. As you can tell, a lot of work goes into this event.
Last year's was great fun. Hope to see some more of y'all there this year.