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Title: 2020 East Coast Fall Rally ***official date and location change***
Post by: mst3kguy on December 20, 2019, 10:58:25 AM
Just a head's up that we have moved the rally date one week  LATER than usual.   It is now the FOURTH weekend in September, 2020, although as usual many of us are showing up earlier in the week.

Further,  the rally is being held in BRISTOL, TN, official rally HQ being the Bristol KOA

http://koa.com/campgrounds/bristol/?utm_source=confirmation_nonvkr&utm_medium=email&utm_content=campground-website&utm_campaign=transactional_emails (http://koa.com/campgrounds/bristol/?utm_source=confirmation_nonvkr&utm_medium=email&utm_content=campground-website&utm_campaign=transactional_emails)


Title: Re: 2020 East Coast Fall Rally ***official date and location change***
Post by: FJ_Hooligan on December 20, 2019, 11:56:28 AM
On the way to Shady Valley (421), north on 44 on the east side of South Holston Lake there's a really good breakfast buffet at the Painter Creek Marina Grille. 

Don't know if it's a daily thing since I visited on a Saturday.  This was back in July. You should have seen the looks from the "lake people" when 2 guys walked up in full Aerostich.


Title: Re: 2020 East Coast Fall Rally ***official date and location change***
Post by: gdfj12 on June 08, 2020, 03:22:44 PM
Kris & I have our site booked. We'll be there on Mon. See y'all there.

george


Title: Re: 2020 East Coast Fall Rally ***official date and location change***
Post by: TRoy on August 08, 2020, 11:15:41 AM
Sheila & Me booked the 'super-deluxe house cabin'  Wed-Sunday  :sarcastic:

.... looks like an easy ride down to Little Switzerland  ... and over around Shady Valley, Damascus etc... haven't spent any time riding around this area really, what other must-do rides are down around these parts?

 KOOKALOO!


Title: Re: 2020 East Coast Fall Rally ***official date and location change***
Post by: carey on August 10, 2020, 05:04:00 PM
Troy,

For the Fall 2018 Rally we chose Wytheville VA.  We found some good roads and some boring roads.  The best was The Back of the Dragon.  Despite little pre-planning, I had fun.  During this rally we obtained information on several new routes with "scary" names. 

I put together the following summary of information on the scary roads, if we were to base out of the Bristol/Kingsport KOA.  The information includes the name of the road, the length of the loop, the starting point of the loop, the time it takes to get to the starting point, and comments.


Scary Name   Length (miles)   Start Point   Time to Start   Comments
Back of Dragon   32    Marion, VA   1hr. 7 min   Interstate, BTDT
Black Snake   129   Pennington Gap, VA   1 hr.   NOT interstate
Bootlegger   145   Raven, VA   1 hr. 40 min.   NOT interstate
Corkscrew   123   Coeburn, VA   1 hr. 9 min.   NOT interstate
Daniel Boone   230   Kingsport, VA   0   
Eagles Nest   90   Kyles Ford, TN   1 hr. 4 min.   NOT interstate
Gargoyle   92   Rosedale, VA   1hr. 20 min.   Not interstate
Heartbreaker   150   Castlewood, VA   1 hr. 5 min.   NOT interstate
Panthers Breath   78   Clinchport, VA   31 min.   NOT interstate
Road Runner   160   Gate City, VA   21 min.   NOT interstate
Scorpion   183   Claypool Hill, VA   1 hr. 30 min.   Interstate, BTDT
Skull Cracker   60   Gate City, VA   21 min.   NOT interstate
Strippers Run   63   Wise, VA   1 hr. 15 min.   NOT interstate, includes parts of Skull Cracker and/or Road Runner
Woodbooger   78   Big Stone Gap, VA   51 min.   NOT interstate, includes parts of Black Snake and/or Eagles Nest


In my comments, interstate means we travel via interstate to get to the start of the route, and BTDT means we covered some of the same roads as we did during the Wytheville Rally. 
Looking over the table, Gate City is 21 minutes away, and the routes starting there are Road Runner (160 miles) and Skull Cracker (60 miles).  And a little further from Gate City are Strippers Run (63 miles) and Woodbooger (78 miles).
IF we ride to Clinchport, VA, 31 minutes away, we can pick up Panthers Breath (78 miles), Woodbooger (78 miles), and Eagles Nest (90 miles).

As you can see, some of the routes start near each other or have some overlap.  More information about the roads can be found here;

https://www.appalachianbackroads.com/ (https://www.appalachianbackroads.com/)



Title: Re: 2020 East Coast Fall Rally ***official date and location change***
Post by: FJ_Hooligan on August 11, 2020, 01:32:37 PM
Contemplating this rally.

Is there a list of attendees?

I see:
Dean+1?
TRoy and his Sheila,
George and Kris D. (haven't seen you guys in decades)
Carey + Henry?


Title: Re: 2020 East Coast Fall Rally ***official date and location change***
Post by: Motofun on August 11, 2020, 08:46:42 PM
Nancy and I will be there.
After talking with Carey today, I googled Tenn, Va and NC and none of them have any covid travel restrictions a la what NY is doing. It will be great to get to a rally after this spring's shut down of the Boone rally.
Jack


Title: Re: 2020 East Coast Fall Rally ***official date and location change***
Post by: TRoy on August 12, 2020, 06:19:55 PM
I put together the following summary of information on the scary roads,

 Haha, Awesome Carey thanks  :good2: ... we can always count on you to do the homework  :sarcastic: see yuns in a few weeks !


Title: Re: 2020 East Coast Fall Rally ***official date and location change***
Post by: Motofun on August 24, 2020, 04:36:30 PM
Woo Hoo, the east coast fall rally is only a month way!  Need to know if I should load up my gas grill in the RV for the rally.  Willing to do a cook out one night (or more if necessary) if folks so desire.  Can be simple like brats and beans or steaks and fixins.  I'm to the point that I couldn't give a sh*t anymore...just want to get my normal on!  Like I said ...Kookaloo !!!    :yahoo:


Title: Re: 2020 East Coast Fall Rally ***official date and location change***
Post by: FJ_Hooligan on September 09, 2020, 01:22:20 PM
Anyone seen a long range weather forecast?


Title: Re: 2020 East Coast Fall Rally ***official date and location change***
Post by: carey on September 09, 2020, 05:39:30 PM
Reply with Quote
Anyone seen a long range weather forecast?

Rainbows and unicorns, as usual  :blum2:


Title: Re: 2020 East Coast Fall Rally ***official date and location change***
Post by: TRoy on September 09, 2020, 07:40:04 PM
Need to know if I should load up my gas grill in the RV for the rally.  Willing to do a cook out one night (or more if necessary) if folks so desire. ...Kookaloo !!!

 Absotively / Posilutely !  :good2: I'm stoked


Title: Re: 2020 East Coast Fall Rally ***official date and location change***
Post by: FJ Flyer on September 10, 2020, 04:57:12 AM
Anyone seen a long range weather forecast?
Now you've gone and done it.  Rain the entire time.


Title: Re: 2020 East Coast Fall Rally ***official date and location change***
Post by: gdfj12 on September 10, 2020, 03:20:40 PM
Kris & I can't wait. I'm about ready to play hookie from work for the next week or so.

George


Title: Re: 2020 East Coast Fall Rally ***official date and location change***
Post by: FJ_Hooligan on September 12, 2020, 12:25:59 PM
Just booked a room at the Econo Lodge around the corner from the KOA.

Arriving Wednesday morning 9-23 and checking out on Sunday 9-27 for the long drive back

Staying 9-20 to 9-23 (Sun, Mon, and Tues) at Tellico


Title: Re: 2020 East Coast Fall Rally ***official date and location change***
Post by: Harvy on September 17, 2020, 01:07:16 PM
Hi folks, just to let you know that I am in St Louis Mo until 10/27.
My wife Peta and I are here as she is having a medical procedure at Mercy Hospital tomorrow.
I will be pretty much house bound for a week or 2 for her post surgery.
Aviationfred will hopefully be calling in on the way to the ECFR and possibly on the way back to Wichita too.
It would be great to meet anyone else in the area or is heading east thru Mo to the rally.
Just PM me for my cell number

Cheers
Harvy


Title: Re: 2020 East Coast Fall Rally ***official date and location change***
Post by: RPM - Robert on September 17, 2020, 03:40:15 PM
Harvy, check your PM please


Title: Re: 2020 East Coast Fall Rally ***official date and location change***
Post by: carey on September 21, 2020, 02:43:04 PM
I don't know about the weather or the roads, but we'll eat well.  I have 2 pans of home-made lasagna, and a bundt coffee cake to pack.  I have a limited number of forks and spoons, so stock up  :yes:


Title: Re: 2020 East Coast Fall Rally ***official date and location change***
Post by: TRoy on September 21, 2020, 06:00:24 PM
we'll eat well.  I have 2 pans of home-made lasagna, and a bundt coffee cake to pack. 

Henry will eat all that before you guys get there . Don't forget the mountain pie cookers.. I'll make a grocery store run to get the apples & cherries :)


Title: Re: 2020 East Coast Fall Rally ***official date and location change***
Post by: carey on September 21, 2020, 09:33:30 PM
TRoy,  I didn't pack the mountain pie makers because I don't think there will be any big fires.  We'll make other arrangements


Title: Re: 2020 East Coast Fall Rally ***official date and location change***
Post by: TRoy on September 22, 2020, 08:14:28 PM
I don't think there will be any big fires.

 Challenge accepted


Title: Re: 2020 East Coast Fall Rally ***official date and location change***
Post by: Bill_Rockoff on September 24, 2020, 06:30:21 AM
Well, the weekend weather outlook has some promise. I bet it's going to be beautiful there.

I wish I could make this one, I'm beyond ready, and I know we all missed Boone. But I can't do it this weekend.

Take pictures. Make me jealous. I promise I'll be happy for you guys. I'll look north and see if I can see the bonfire from here. I will settle for taking each bike out for an hour to get everything warmed up, and maybe I'll finally install the turn signal lenses George sent me last winter.

I'll ping my usual group and see if any of my eurotrash friends and family can make it; Stu and Bruce (Guzzi guy) are in different parts of Charlotte and either one could make it as a day trip. Paul is 5 hours away, a long ride on a Scrambler, but he might be ready to get out of town for a while. Andrew may or may not have his 916 fully sorted; it had an intermittent electrical issue when we rode together a few weeks ago.


Title: Re: 2020 East Coast Fall Rally ***official date and location change***
Post by: carey on September 28, 2020, 06:40:16 PM
Made it home a couple hours ago.  I had a great time.  I got to ride all or parts of the following scary name roads (not in any particular order);

Black Snake, Eagles Nest, Gargoyle, Heartbreaker, Panther's Breath, Road Runner, Skull Cracker, and Stripper's Run.

Saw a bear cub on 160 while riding from Appalachia, VA to Cumberland, KY.  The Bristol/Kingsport KOA was nice, but the $30/day linen fee was ridiculous, and not mentioned when I made my reservation.  The location of the KOA was a minimum of 30 minutes from any route we rode.  It did not require an interstate, but my GPS did take us through some subdivision.


Title: Re: 2020 East Coast Fall Rally ***official date and location change***
Post by: rvnmaniac on September 28, 2020, 11:03:44 PM
 Home and gald was able to ride rather than sitting home and watching tv. COVID 19, at least in my area is nothing to take a second look at, so I had doubts of even attending.  Nice to see friendly faces and get the bike on the road for a change. Other than just riding back in forth to work on occasion..


Title: Re: 2020 East Coast Fall Rally ***official date and location change***
Post by: Motofun on September 29, 2020, 05:09:11 AM
Nancy and I made it home last evening about 5:30....10 and a half hours...yech.  Had a great time even with 2 rainy days...they just turn into group campfire sessions. :good2:


Title: Re: 2020 East Coast Fall Rally ***official date and location change***
Post by: gdfj12 on September 30, 2020, 08:26:38 AM
Kris, Alex and I made it home late Sunday, almost 12 hours of driving. Spent Monday recovering from the drive with rain in the Detroit area. The rally was good in spite of the rain and no big bonfire. :^) the roads in that area seem to be pretty good also. It was good to see everyone again. Looking forward to Boone in the Spring.


Title: Re: 2020 East Coast Fall Rally ***official date and location change***
Post by: FJ_Hooligan on September 30, 2020, 04:30:47 PM
Arkansas was awesome on Friday, got 320 miles in.  The 13-hour drive to get there, no so great.

Total mileage for 2 days riding in Tellico, TN, 1/2 day ride in Kingsport, TN, and full day ride out of Clarksville, AR was right at 1000 miles.  Some great twisty roads in all areas.

I was really looking forward to hanging out with the group in the afterhours, but not sitting through 2 days of rain.  :-(

I need to make this happen again.

Oh yeah, headed back to Arkansas with my local group for 4 more days next week!


Title: Re: 2020 East Coast Fall Rally ***official date and location change***
Post by: carey on October 03, 2020, 09:42:43 AM
FWIW,  While at the rally, I was randomly selected by my employer for a covid test.  I finally got the test completed on Thursday, October 1st.  I didn't have much time to study, but I was negative  :good2: