NW Ga./SW NC/NE Tn. Trip Jan. 18-20

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NW Ga./SW NC/NE Tn. Trip Jan. 18-20

Post by russwiththebus on Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:04 pm

Not my event, someone posted it on the bay window forum on The Samba. I'm definitely planning to attend though, it sounds like a lot of fun. Follow the link for more info.

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=579516


Some of us from the metro Atlanta area want to invite regional bus owners on a road trip in January. Since school is out for the MLK holiday we have a trip planned. This is a family, dog friendly group. There will be some young kids along.

We will leave Cartersville in NW Georgia at 9:00am Saturday January 18th, and head up US Hwy. 411 to Vonore Tn. We will then head south on US Hwy. 129 along the little Tennessee River/Chilhowee Lake to the notorious Dragon's Tail. Then on to the Cheoah Dam ( where the Fugitive Harrison Ford jumped off in the Movie of the same name) then along the Cheoah River to Santeela Lake and on to the Cherohala Skyway with its long views and mile high Blue Ridge Parkway like driving experience.
We plan to camp along the Upper Tellico River Saturday night and linger through the day Sunday and Sunday night. This will be primitive camping, merely a parking space at the river's edge for two nights. There will be a stretch of good graded gravel forest service road involved at the end of Saturday's drive. Anticipated driving time Saturday will be approximately 7 to 8 hours.

Monday morning we will drive out of the forest to Tellico Plains Tn. and south on Tn. Hwy 68 through Copper Hill and on down to Blue Ridge Ga. After a layover in Blue Ridge we will head down Ga. Hwy 515 through Ellijay, Canton and on back to the metro Atlanta area.

This time of year is typically cool in the daytime, 50 degrees or so and temps below freezing at night. Bring your propane and enough fire wood. There will be no opportunity for supplies in the area of the camp, so plan accordingly.
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Re: NW Ga./SW NC/NE Tn. Trip Jan. 18-20

Post by fluxcap on Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:56 pm

Man that sounds like a blast! Gonna be out of town that weekend though. Sounds like a yearly thing, I'll try and watch out for it next year.

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Re: NW Ga./SW NC/NE Tn. Trip Jan. 18-20

Post by russwiththebus on Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:51 pm

Great trip! The drive up was absolutely beautiful, I can say I've done the tail of the dragon now (in a bus no less), there was a little snow on the ground as we drove through the Cherohala Skyway, and we even went off-roading a little bit. Finally along the Tellico river we settled on a beautiful spot right by the river and camped for two nights. It was cold, but pleasant. We all had a great time and I'm down for doing this again next year.

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Post by glennborden on Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:45 pm

Hey I like that. When I find my bus I will ride to.

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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:47 pm

Looks like it was an awesome trip!

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Post by bakertim2 on Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:30 am

Y'all had it going on for sure. I hope to, one day, attend a trip such as this.
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Re: NW Ga./SW NC/NE Tn. Trip Jan. 18-20

Post by Knumb Knucks on Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:01 am

Looks like it was a good trip Russ. Was it a guys only trip? I know most women don't like the cold camping. I need a trip like this.
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Re: NW Ga./SW NC/NE Tn. Trip Jan. 18-20

Post by russwiththebus on Wed Jan 22, 2014 12:20 pm

It was men, women, and children. And it was pretty hardcore, camping along the river in the freezing cold with no electricity, cell service, or bathrooms. There was an outhouse within walking distance but that was it.
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Post by R33ce97 on Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:24 pm

I know "Pop", Ian and Erich, I kayak with them sometimes. Hope to join next year in the bug! Just got it driving.

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Post by Knumb Knucks on Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:51 pm

Brrr,i cant imagine how cold that was....in the Outhouse.
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