There are two planned routes for this event. They are being designed right now, and will be posted here when ready. Garmin GPX route files will be available at that time.
We will be leaving the hotel at 9am sharp each day, in order to give us ample time to run our routes.
The Two-State Route: (Tenatively Friday's run)
This route will be more of a cruising run, though well worth the trip. It will basically take us to Robinsville where we will pick up the Cherohalla Skyway and run it all the way to the end in Telico Plains, TN. We will grab a lunch there and then simply run the route backwards to return. Depending on the time we arrive back at the east end of the Skyway, we may pause and take a vote to see if, as a group, we want to make a run up and back through the Tail of the Dragon. If we do that, it won't be a cruising route anymore
Deals Gap is about 40 miles from our hotel in Bryson City if you would like to venture back to the Tail on your own.
The Tri-State Route: (Tenatively Saturday's run)
This route will be the longer of the two and will likely cover THREE STATES!
It's planned to run southward down to Franklin, NC, via the infamous Hwy 28, and continue down to Highlands and then pass into Georgia for a bit, and turn back north via a slice of South Carolina and pick up the technical climbing section of NC 215, then hop on a short section of the Blue Ridge Parkway as part of the return path. I will be running it end-to-end soon so I can see how it works out for stops and food. Depending on how long it actually takes to run this route, I may change this route to be shorter, but I really want to keep it intact! Mr. Garmin is estimating 185 miles and 4:45 hours/mins without stops.
Thursday Lunch Run (Optional)
If we have enough early arrivals interested in a warmup run, we can sample Hwy 28 down to Franklin for a very nice lunch at Cafe Rel. We will gather at the Sleep Inn and leave for Franklin at 11:45am ish. Or meet us in Franklin at 12:30pm at Caffe Ral.
Note: The NC DOT has listed an active construction site
on the Hwy 28 bridge crossing over the Fontana spillway (below Fontana Dam). This is the bridge that is about 2 miles away from Fontana Village, and may become a pain for us trying to go between Bryson City and Deals Gap (Tail of the Dragon) An alternate bypass will need to be considered before committing to running the Dragon. The NC DOT has indicated the bridge will be open with one-lane traffic during the daytime and closed completely at night.