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When: 17-20 May, 2012

Where: Ironhorse Motorcycle Lodge, Stecoah, NC.

GPS Coordinates: N35 23.358 W83 40.665

They are holding all rooms & cabins for us until the end of February, so make your own reservations ASAP (Phone: 828-479-3864). Tell them your with the VStrom group.

Their web site: Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge near Deals Gap and Cherohala Skyway



I'll try and answer a few common questions:

1. Folks will be arriving mostly on Thursday (17th) & Friday (18th). Most will depart Sunday morning.

2. If camping, no reservations are required. I would ask that you post your intentions in this thread so we can get a fair count for meals.

3. Wifes, girlfriends & kids welcome. Although there isn't a lot for them to do if not riding.

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4. All bikes are welcome, even Harley's & Beemer's. ;)

5. Most group rides will be on Friday & Saturday. Keep checking the end of this post for GPS routes. Some route maps will be available at the lodge.

6. Breakfast & Dinners are served at Ironhorse (good stuff). Lunch your on your own unless prior arrangements are made.

7. Dry county, so bring your own if so inclined. Ice & coolers available for a small fee. Closest available is Bryson City, about 17 miles.

8. Coffee is available around 7AM. Iced Tea & coffee in the evenings after dinner.

9. Kickstands up around 9AM for Friday & Saturday rides. Ride meeting Thursday & Friday nights around 8:30.

10. There are other motels & campgrounds in the area if you procrastinate too long.

11. I am not planing any tech sessions.

12. There will be rain. ;)

Hope to see you all there.

Here are some other accommodations in the area of Ironhorse.

2.1 miles - Kickstand Lodge
6.2 miles - Tuskeegee Motel
8.6 miles - Freeman's Motel
11.2 miles - Nantahala Village
12.5 miles - Microtel
15.1 miles - Two Wheel inn
16.9 miles - Fontana Village
18.5 miles - Blue Waters Mountain Lodge
21.0 miles - Treetops
22.8 miles - Deals Gap
23.7 miles - Tapoco Lodge



The following are routes around the gathering. Gdb (Garmin Mapsource) & Gpx (GPS interchange) routes attached at the end of this post: V-Strom Get Together East X - 17-20 May 2012

3 State Loop:

This is the 3-State Loop ride which is 205 miles & about 7 hrs ride time.

Leaves Ironhorse down US28 to US74, left on US74 for short distance & right on US28. Follows US28 though Franklin & Highlands. A short distance through the Georgia tar snakes and into South Carolina. Turns North after some of SC US28 onto SC107. Runs up SC107 until right on SC S-37-413 which turns into NC281. Right onto US64 for about 10 miles & then left on Parkway Rd. Parkway Rd to the top and then left onto a nice section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Parkway on down to US441 just North of Cherokee. Left on US441 and then right on US19. Follow US19 around the back of Cherokee & connect with US74 for the run back to US28 & Ironhorse. As and alternative you can stay on US19 through Bryson City & then connect with US74.



Dirt Route One:

This is Dirt Route one which is about 131 miles & 6-7 hrs ride time depending on stops.

It includes some nice backroad twisties to warm up on, a ride around Lake Santeetlah & the dam overlook. About 25 miles of nice dirt (The dirt Cherohala - NC81 & N. River Rd in TN) where street tires & two-up is OK. Which crosses under the Cherohala Skyway at the top of the mountain. Down River Road & the Bald River Falls into Tellico Plains for lunch. The Cherohala Skyway return via Robbinsville & Sweetwater Road back to US28 & Ironhorse.



Gap-Suches Loop:

This is the Gap-Suches Loop, which is about 273 miles & 9-10 hrs ride time. You can cut some miles & time by not doing the two-way Deals Gap section.

This loop starts by going up US28 to The Gap. A two-way trip through the gap, down US129 & then around Lake Santeethal to the Cherohala Skyway. Across the Cherohala to Tellico Plains, TN. From Tellico Plains down US68 through Ducktown to US60. US60 up to Suches & the down Wolf Pen Gap RD to US129. Up US129 to Old US64 (which turns into NC 141) & back to US129. US129 up to Robbinsville & Sweetwater RD back to US28 & Ironhorse.



Wayah Rd - Warwoman Rd Loop:

This is The Wayah Rd - Warwomen Rd Loop, which is about 234 miles and has a riding time of about 8-9 hrs.

Starts by running down Hwy 28 from Ironhorse to US74. US74 down along the river to Wayah Rd. Wayah Rd up toward Franklin & cut right on US64. Nice ride over the mountain to Lake Hiawassee where you make a left on Hwy 175. Down 175 which runs into US76 for a couple miles & right on Hwy17 to the Unicoi State Park. Left on Hwy 376 through the park & then left on Hwy 197 to Burton Dam RD, then right on Burton Dam Rd. Then left on Bridge Creek Rd after a few miles. Stay on Bridge Creek Rd for about 10 miles & then left on Davis Gap for about a mile. Then right on US76 for about 6 miles to Germany for Warwoman Rd connection. Continue up Warwoman Rd for about 14 miles to Pine Mountain where you go left on Hwy 28. Hwy 28 up though Highlands & Franklin all the way back to Ironhorse.



Deals Gap - Foothills Parkway - Park Loop:

This is the Hwy 28, Deals gap, Foothills Parkway, National Park & hwy 441 loop, which is about 142 miles and has a driving time of about 7 hours.

Starts by running up US28 from Ironhorse to Deals Gap. Through the gap to Foothills Parkway & then up the Foothills to Hwy 321. 321 down through Townsend (lunch) to park entrance. Through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Hwy 441. 441 down into Cherokee & then mostly highway back to Ironhorse.



Deals Gap - Ducktown loop - Cherohala Skyway Loop:

Entire route is 223 miles, but you can cut off about 80 miles by not taking the Ducktown loop out of Tellico Plains & just continue on the Cherohala.

This is hwy 28 to the gap, on through the gap and around some back-roads of Tennessee to Tellico Plains. The southern loop around Ducktown has some good roads & than back to Tellico Plains. From Tellico along the Cherohala Skyway to Robbinsville & than hwy 143 back to Ironhorse.

 

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Rally.........2012

Put it on yer calender........NOW. We have a great time and the accomodations/food/facilities are A+++. The tent camping area does have a few trees for you hammock guys........and one common firepit next to the lodge complete with rocking chairs. The "trickling brook" next to the camping area is guaranteed to lul you to sleep at night (not to mention the mass consumption of alcohol.....bring your own......dry county)!!! Go to the Ironhorse website for a listing of all their accomodations (bunkhouse, private cabins, lodge, tent camping, gift shop, etc). I hope someone (?) will pony-up a slide presentation (Ride Report) like we had last Spring........Alaska tour.....it was great!!! Maybe some of our forum sponsors/owners would "donate" items for a Raffle (a free nights stay, vstrom parts, gift certificates........can't hurt to ask) ?????????? :hurray: :thumbup:

See ya in the Spring!!!!!
 

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Great area

I attended the rally last fall and had a great time. Would definitely recommend both the riding in the area and Ironhorse Lodge. Have already committed the weekend before this spring's rally to be at Robbinsville for a GL1800 Darkside ride-in. Not a darksider myself, but a riding buddy is and have been going to these spring and fall about 3 years. Who knows, may make it anyway. Got any of that venison left, Paul?
 

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I wonna go, but one question though. Why on earth, RDV and V-Strom Gatherings, year after year, happen on the same weekend?
OK, I think I made my decision. So far, at this very moment I'm planning to attend V-Strom Gathering this year. RDV is being held at the same location for the third time, but being new to America I want to discover more and meet more people.

I'm gonna be camping, will bring hard and light booze.

Is there any fees collected? What about meals, is it just in their bars or organized? I don't mind roughing it up and camping 100%, cooking, sleeping, drinking... What about showers? Baby wipes would work if no showers. What about toilets and stuff? I can also bring my own shovel and paper if needed as well, just need to know what to expect... Please share your past experiences...

I will put TKC80's for that event and will try to follow gravel and other unpaved rides or ride on my own. Dragon for dinner...
 

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OK, I think I made my decision. So far, at this very moment I'm planning to attend V-Strom Gathering this year. RDV is being held at the same location for the third time, but being new to America I want to discover more and meet more people.

I'm gonna be camping, will bring hard and light booze.

Is there any fees collected? What about meals, is it just in their bars or organized? I don't mind roughing it up and camping 100%, cooking, sleeping, drinking... What about showers? Baby wipes would work if no showers. What about toilets and stuff? I can also bring my own shovel and paper if needed as well, just need to know what to expect... Please share your past experiences...

I will put TKC80's for that event and will try to follow gravel and other unpaved rides or ride on my own. Dragon for dinner...
Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge near Deals Gap and Cherohala Skyway
 

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Is there any fees collected? No fees, except the camping and food charges from the Lodge. What about meals, is it just in their bars or organized? The Lodge has breakfast and Dinner during the Rally.....they charge for the meals, of course. I don't mind roughing it up and camping 100%, cooking, sleeping, drinking... What about showers? Showers are some of the best you will find......clean, heated (Winter), large, and each shower has it's own little changing room in front (private).....far from being "Primative". Please share your past experiences...
The facilities are top notch.......there is no "Bar".......BYOB (as already mentioned)......the Lodge has coolers you can rent for the weekend to keep your.........your............your "medications" cold with!!! Look at the pics on their website that Tyler posted the link to. Think of it as your "Upscale Campground"........:thumbup:
 

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I’ve made my plans

Well I’ve made my plans to be in the area for the fun. :thumbup: I’ll be staying close by in Bryson City with some guys I ride with down here. I’ll have to stop by to bask in the Stromania at some point. I look forward to seeing everyone again.
 

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Iron Horse Reminder that Rooms are held until 2/29/12

Got a random call from Randy from Iron Horse, because he didn't know who to call, and I just saw him at the PROGRESSIVE International Motorcycle Show in NYC.

Anyway.....he asked me to post a reminder on our chat sites to remind everyone that the cabin rooms are being held until the end of February, 2012.

As of yesterday, only 6 rooms have been reserved. After that Charlene will release the hold.
 

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I hope to have a bike by then.

Otherwise, I may show up on the back a Harley ridden by my wife.
 

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I made my reservation this morning. Surprisingly, I was told that very few reservations have been made for the weekend of the meet. I know that fire fox and I have reservations, but not sure how many more. The IronHorse is going to release all of our unreserved rooms to the public for reservations at the end of February.

So...

Let's make this a good meet and sellout the IronHorse, guys and gals.

This is a beautiful place that caters to motorcyclists and is snack in the middle of some of the best roads in north America -- Tail of the Dragon (US129), Cherohala Skyway, the HellBender (US28), etc. if you want to get off the pavement, there is Hwy 81 near the Cherohala and some awesome fire roads over the mountains into Cades Cove in the hear of the Smokies.

Evenings around the firepower between the main lodge and the creek at IronHorse are a great place to kick back in a cig country rocking chair and swap war stories. The breakfast and dinner fare in the dining room are tasty and reasonably priced!

Best of all, you'll get to meet me and fire fox and out lovely ladies... Okay, so maybe that's not necessarily such a great thing, LOL!

Anyway, let's rev this thing up and take the ironHorse by Strom!

Cheers!

RickC


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Folks - I've been lurking in the forum for a while, and thought I'd say hello and ask a question.

Firstly, I'm looking for an excuse to go for a little ride in May, and meeting up with some of you folks seems like as good a reason as any. I love the Deal's Gap area - been down there 3 times already on previous rides.

My question is about tire selection. I normally run sport-touring tires on my strom - there's not much call for dual sport tires where I live (Toronto). The rides that are being planned - are they doable on road rubber, or would there be stuff that I miss out on because I don't have dirt shoes? If the worst I can expect is gravel roads, then I'd just stick with the sport-touring setup and make the best of it.

And if I wanted decent 50/50 tires, would anyone make a recommendation? I may have them ordered to Wheeler's and have them installed while I'm down there...

Anyway, nothing's for sure yet, but it'd be great to meet up with folks.
 

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Folks - My question is about tire selection. I normally run sport-touring tires on my strom - there's not much call for dual sport tires where I live (Toronto). The rides that are being planned - are they doable on road rubber, or would there be stuff that I miss out on because I don't have dirt shoes? Anyway, nothing's for sure yet, but it'd be great to meet up with folks.
Street shoes should be fine........I'd say most of the rides are on asphalt, not gravel. Not saying "none" are on gravel, but most are not...........

We had some Canooks come down last year for the Spring Rally.......very nice folks (Dad + daughter, if I remember correctly??).

Hope to meet you there, Oomis........eh?? :biggrinjester:
 

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I'm in.

Just got off the phone with Iron Horse, made my reservation for a powered camping site.

I'll be arriving the evening of the 17th. Looking forward to meeting everyone!
 

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Norm, you know you can show up even if you have to drive [on 4-wheels]
I know, but that would seem like a chore.

100 miles through some of the finest motorcycle habitat this side of the Mississippi, and I'm in a GD cage!
 
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