Maddie and I are in the exploratory phase of a potential Fall tour of North Georgia. We are exploring some interesting possibilities, and the direction we go will be based on level of interest and participation.

We are looking at late September, a long weekend Thurs-Sunday, perhaps the 24th-27th. Keep in mind that Maddie will be taking the lead in planning and execution, therefore it is going to be absolutely amazing. I will planning the ride routes. Both of us want to strike a balance between driving and enjoying local activities. The roads will wear your ass out. We want the the copilots to enjoy themselves too. 

Scale is very important in our decision process. Let’s say 10 rooms or less and we will go one way, 11-16 rooms another, and greater than 16 rooms we will go with a standard hotel.

Options 1&2 will require a hard commitment from participants due to the need for us to secure a non-hotel type property in advance. We are looking for commitments rather than general interest. When we make our decision as to lodging, we may have to exclude late-comers from the primary lodging site due to limits of the location.

 

 

Damn, gettin' it while the gettin' is good!

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Way to get things moving, Ron!  I am committed (and probably should have been long ago).

Folks, Ron, Maddie, me, and a bunch of the attendees at the last Tour de Smo' talked about doing something different so we don't get bored (short attention spans, you know) and they had some really great ideas that make this look like it could be quite an event.  If you've attended ether of the last couple of Tour de Smo's, imagine a similar vibe, but in a different place.  If you haven't, well what the heck are you waiting for?

And in case you're wondering, for that area and that time of year you do need to start planning this early.

Stan Galat posted:

If we aren't in the UK, we'll be there.

We’re not final on the date yet. The last week of Sept. is the initial proposal, but we might move that depending on need. Love to see you and Jeanie down south again!

Stan Galat posted:

If we aren't in the UK, we'll be there.

Why go there? I've been there, it's a gloomy place. But there's LOTS of really old and cool stuff to see.

Bob, follow the Blue Ridge mountains. North GA, Chattahoochee Forest.

850 to 900 miles depending on your route.

Same distance for us too. See you there!

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DannyP posted:
Stan Galat posted:

If we aren't in the UK, we'll be there.

Why go there? I've been there, it's a gloomy place. But there's LOTS of really old and cool stuff to see.

So, I'm 56. My life has been pretty pedestrian by most outward metrics. I've been married to the same woman for 34 years (as of a couple of weeks ago). I've raised 3 kids, and have 10 grandkids. I've not had cancer or a heart-attack, but in my life so far:

I've been a pedestrian hit by a car going 50+ mph, been involved (in some way) in at least a dozen total-loss vehicular accidents, have fallen off an extended 28' ladder, burned away a chunk of thumb in a near-electrocution, run my right index finger through a toothed v-belt and pulley and my left through a table saw, crushed my left thumb when a chain-fall skipped a link and dropped a 500 lb compressor, dropped though a drywall ceiling (and hooked my nose on a screw on the way by), suffered herniated discs from L1-L5, tipped over a scissor-lift (I was on it) and tore my tricep tendon from my elbow, re-tore the same tendon 2 days post-op then spent 12 weeks in a long-arm cast, had 2nd degree burns over my entire torso, have frostbite damage on every digit but my thumbs, and have caught my right hand on fire (there's a story). I've had hepatitis, tropical ulcers, and amoebic dysentery at least 1x ea., and full-blown malaria more times that I can remember. I've stood peeing in a fire-ant colony, crapped in 3rd world places with feces 6" deep on the floor, eaten meat with a blue sheen on it, and drunk water I could not see through. I lived off the grid for 2-1/2 years, and delivered a baby on my front porch.

I presently take medication for high blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and low thyroid and testosterone. Throw in the supplements and it's a fistful of pills every morning, and another every night. I sleep about 6 hrs a night (but not all in a row) with the aid of a CPAP. I'm presently gaining about 5 lbs/year with no viable plan to arrest the decline (or assent, as the case may be).

I've built 2 houses, a barn, a family, and a business from the ground up. I've worked pretty hard to repair and maintain all of them.

I'm tired. I spent 3 hrs of my weekend driving though a blizzard to get to a supermarket so I could spend another 3 hrs saving the world (one frozen dinner at a time). I've been on call for work 24/7/365 for 23 years. At this rate-- if I'm going to do stuff with my wife, waiting to retire seems like a poor actuarial proposition.

I'd love to drive the small car to new places, but I'd rather do the things Jeanie would like to do before we can't do them. We went to Italy in 2015 and France last fall. I'd like to hit England before we do central Europe and Greece/Turkey/Holy Land. The exchange rate is good, flights are cheap, and I'll never feel better than I do right now.

It's an opportunity I'm going to have a hard time passing up. If we're not able to make it to the UK, we'll definitely be in GA (Lord willing).

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Stan Galat posted:
DannyP posted:
Stan Galat posted:

If we aren't in the UK, we'll be there.

Why go there? I've been there, it's a gloomy place. But there's LOTS of really old and cool stuff to see.

So, I'm 56. My life has been pretty pedestrian by most outward metrics. I've been married to the same woman for 34 years (as of a couple of weeks ago). I've raised 3 kids, and have 10 grandkids. I've not had cancer or a heart-attack, but in my life so far:

I've been a pedestrian hit by a car going 50+ mph, been involved (in some way) in at least a dozen total-loss vehicular accidents, have fallen off an extended 28' ladder, burned away a chunk of thumb in a near-electrocution, run my right index finger through a toothed v-belt and pulley and my left through a table saw, crushed my left thumb when a chain-fall skipped a link and dropped a 500 lb compressor, dropped though a drywall ceiling (and hooked my nose on a screw on the way by), suffered herniated discs from L1-L5, tipped over a scissor-lift (I was on it) and tore my tricep tendon from my elbow, re-tore the same tendon 2 days post-op then spent 12 weeks in a long-arm cast, had 2nd degree burns over my entire torso, have frostbite damage on every digit but my thumbs, and have caught my right hand on fire (there's a story). I've had hepatitis, tropical ulcers, and amoebic dysentery at least 1x ea., and full-blown malaria more times that I can remember. I've stood peeing in a fire-ant colony, crapped in 3rd world places with feces 6" deep on the floor, eaten meat with a blue sheen on it, and drunk water I could not see through. I lived off the grid for 2-1/2 years, and delivered a baby on my front porch.

I presently take medication for high blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and low thyroid and testosterone. Throw in the supplements and it's a fistful of pills every morning, and another every night. I sleep about 6 hrs a night (but not all in a row) with the aid of a CPAP. I'm presently gaining about 5 lbs/year with no viable plan to arrest the decline (or assent, as the case may be).

I've built 2 houses, a barn, a family, and a business from the ground up. I've worked pretty hard to repair and maintain all of them.

I'm tired. I spent 3 hrs of my weekend driving though a blizzard to get to a supermarket so I could spend another 3 hrs saving the world (one frozen dinner at a time). I've been on call for work 24/7/365 for 23 years. At this rate-- if I'm going to do stuff with my wife, waiting to retire seems like a poor actuarial proposition.

I'd love to drive the small car to new places, but I'd rather do the things Jeanie would like to do before we can't do them. We went to Italy in 2015 and France last fall. I'd like to hit England before we do central Europe and Greece/Turkey/Holy Land. The exchange rate is good, flights are cheap, and I'll never feel better than I do right now.

It's an opportunity I'm going to have a hard time passing up. If we're not able to make it to the UK, we'll definitely be in GA (Lord willing).

Man, you're one of the most interesting people I know.

I hope that says more about you than about me 

Stan, slow down, man, I was joking. There is much to see there. I particularly liked looking at stuff that was from 600-900 A.D. Way older than anything here in our young country.

DannyP posted:

Stan, slow down, man, I was joking. There is much to see there. I particularly liked looking at stuff that was from 600-900 A.D. Way older than anything here in our young country.

I'm tracking with you, man. I'm just pushing back a little.

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