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Deal Drive/Tail Trip Day 2

We awoke to 32 degrees and fog. We met as agreed early in the morning to contemplate our morning run of the Dragon. We had coffee and breakfast at the hotel. We had more coffee and soon we determined that it would be best to pass on the early run. Tom also reported that he fixed the problem with his hat blowing off his head. He says he did something with double-sticky tape. More later.

We were joined at breakfast by two additional cars. Rolf and Annie joined us, then Brenda and Kelly. We left the hotel at 08:30 for a spirited drive to the Dragon. We got to the start point a little after 09:00 AM and lined up after two other groups. We spent 30 minutes shopping and then at 09:30 we started the run.

Kurt led the drive. The road stayed open with just a couple slower cars that, for the most part, yielded. The group got a little separated and one car got in between the pack and just wouldn’t cooperate. All-in-all a great run. We assembled at the end just before the bridge and shared our stories. There were some great cars at the base from the groups that left before our run. This was Rolf’s first run of the Dragon and he reported that it was fun. His recently purchased Club is still in one piece. It was Glenn’s first run with the club.  He says he has driven the Dragon before and he seems to have it figured out.

After the run we decided to take the optional loop along the Tennessee Foothills Parkway. The fog was still hanging around, but we managed to get some great views looking back to the East at the mountain range peaking through the fog. The parkway was a great choice. It was an easy drive (after the Dragon) with color everywhere. We exited the Parkway at Route 321 and headed toward Maryville. We made a fuel stop at a small convenience store. Several cars fueled up and we spent some time there but left in a hurry. Something about the toilets overflowing. I remember that I saw Dennis purchasing some 90 mile an hour tape. I didn’t hear all the details but the image in my mind made the decision to leave quickly a rational one. The drive along the E. Lamar Alexander Parkway went quickly. Coming into Maryville we passed several interesting businesses. Great antique stores and some restored classic cars for sale. Next trip we may want to spend some time checking those out.

The drive through Maryville went without incident. We managed to hit the lights just right. Then it was off to Tellico Plains. We took Route 411 to Route 68. As we made the turn, we got separated a little. There was a large group of Corvettes that divided our group, so we stopped and regrouped. At first, I thought the Corvettes were going to join us but at the last moment they went on by.

The next stop was at the Tellico Grains Bakery. As usual the food was great. We got to sit together on the inside. After our meal we decided to do The Bald River Falls option. We turned off the Cherohala Skyway at five miles and followed the narrow road back to the Bald River Falls. We followed a meandering river to a bridge where the falls are located. Parking was very limited so most of us parked along the road. Tom went ahead and found a turnaround point that we were able to use to make our exit. There were restrooms there as well.

After we took all the pictures we wanted, we left the area. We reentered the Parkway headed toward Robbinsville. The parkway is in great shape and the route provides a variety of twists and turns some slow speed and others higher speed with wider radius curves. Super Fast! Super Fun!  Returning to Robbinsville we were on our best behavior entering the city and during our parade past local law enforcement. Honest officer we drove like this all day long – NOT!  The group assembled at 6:00 PM to decide where to go eat after a fantastic day. We decided on Lynn’s Place and the food was great.

Six Miatas and one Corvette zooming through the hills of Tennessee. It was a memorable event. Thanks to all those who attended this year’s drive. I hope you will join us again next year. By the way, my strategy was good. I kept the ND in fourth gear for most of the run. I followed Kurt and was almost able to hang with him. I never exceeded 5000 RPM and I didn’t hear Trudy scream once.

1 comment to Deal Drive/Tail Trip Day 2

  • Larry Garner

    Thanks for taking the lead on this and the great review. Having done the Dragon a couple times (once in the NA and the NC), I know those first timers were thrilled with how their car’s performed on a real road, something other than straight-an-level. I’ll have something for those that went, at the meeting.