Meeting spot is at the gas station across from the LCD Sign at the Raleigh fairgrounds. Meet there at 8am SHARP Sunday morning.
We will all gas up there, get a drink/snack etc, then leave around 8:15 to 8:30. Definately no later than 8:30.
Not sure of the route we will take, but Kazlab will likely lead the way there.
We should arrive in Boone around 11:30 or so. We will at first continue through Boone into TN through Shadey Valley and hit the switch backs. Then zig zag the roads back to Boone, ride some back roads, the parkway, etc.
I have to work the next day, as do most everyone else (I think), so I'd like to be leaving Boone no later than 7:00pm. This should put everyone home around 10 or so. Call me a puss if you want, but I need sleep.
On the way back, I, and anyone else that wants to, will probably split off from the group, and take 421 to Sanford....hopefully someone will ride this way with me or I'll get lost on the by-pass.
I'm expecting total mileage to be in the neighborhood of 600 - 700 miles. Make sure you bring something warm with you (long johns, sweat shirt, etc), because it'll be around 10 - 15 degrees (or more) cooler on top of the mountains. Ear plugs, aspirin, etc, isn't a bad idea either for those that have never made a trip this long.
The worst part of the trip will be the long highway ride. Standing on the pegs occasionally, and keep moving around will help with comfort. We'll probably stop every 50 - 60 miles to for a 10 min break to stretch, drink, whatever.
Also, if EVERYONE wouldn't mind, please put a "in case of emergency" phone number on a piece of paper in your wallet. Don't trust the number in your cell...could get smashed.