I want us to be gassed up and ready to pull out by 9am on the morning of the 21st.
We will meet at the Ingles Markets Grocery Store Shopping Center in Clayton, Ga.
176 US-441, Clayton, GA 30525
There is an Ingles Express gas station at that location. There's also a BP station next to it.
Everyone should bring an FRS radio. Be sure they're fully charged or bring batteries.
If anyone doesn't make it there on time, they can still intercept us along the route. Going North on Hwy 28 out of Franklin, NC, also known as Bryson City Road, there's what used to be a Citgo Gas Station. It's now called the Village Trader
The Address is
453 Bryson City Rd, Franklin, NC 28734
Our path from start up to this point will be:
WarWoman Road out of the Ingles Parking Lot.
Turn left at the end of WarWoman Road onto Hwy 28.
Follow Hwy 28 through Highlands, NC and continue North through Franklin.
If anyone is too late to intercept us at this point, the next reasonable place is at:
Lynns Place Restaurant
237 E Main St, Robbinsville, NC 28771
We will have lunch there.
We will return to Hwy 28, continue up through Fontana Village, passing Fontana Dam and will grab The Dragon's Tail at the very tip where Hwy 28 and US 129 meet.
Travel through The Dragon's Tail, pick up the Foothills Parkway about 3 miles north and follow it over to US 321 in Townsend.
If anyone hasn't hooked up with us by the time we leave Robbinsville lunch stop, it's just too late to try to join.
Our final destination will be Gatlinburg, TN. Depending upon time and traffic and consensus of participants, we may visit a hotel to set up event accommodations.
Return from Gatlinburg via US Hwy 441 through Cherokee, NC to Gainesville or Commerce, Ga. is about 3 hours.
Google Maps trip plotter suggests about 5 1/2 hours from Clayton to Gatlinburg. Don't believe it for one moment. It will be more like 7 hours.