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Countdown to blast off!!!

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Important stuff

You are responsible for yourself. This is an "at your own risk" event. Motorcycling is dangerous. All roads are dangerous, but especially these. Be careful. Ohio Riders LLC and the owners of Ohio Riders LLC cannot be held liable for anything (like, but not limited to, traffic tickets, accidents, stupidity, death, etc).

 

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What is this? 

Ride your own ride. Enjoy the weekend. Be safe. This is not a competition or a race. This is just a good weekend away with friends new and old. It just happens to be a weekend for a bunch of us to meetup down there to have some fun. The weekend is up to you. When you come down, where you ride, who you ride with, where you eat, where you stay, etc is completely up to you. Nothing is officially organized. There are no set routes. There will be shindigs in the evenings involving a campfire for us to sit around and tell lies. 

 

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Dates

June 20-24, 2018

Yes, the dates changed. You can blame me if this causes any issues. My daughter's birthday lands on Thursday in 2018. 

 

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Lodging

We're changing it up for 2018. We've reserved all of Townsend Gateway Inn. That's 45 beds in total. Townsend Gateway Inn offers a lot of cool stuff for us. There's a conference room we can use for free, grills on the property, a pool, two fire pits (they even supply the wood for us), BBQ onsite, several restaurants nearby (including Trailside Steakhouse for those like me who were craving steak this last trip), wifi that actually works, cell phone reception, two miles from the entrance to Smokey Mountain National Park, etc. There are even a few gas stations and grocery/convenience stores nearby. It's only 45 minutes away from the dragon and (according to @Tonik) the roads are awesome. For those who like to head down to Georgia, it doesn't add much to the time/mileage. For those who want to dual sport, there are tons of gravel/dirt roads nearby. There are several others motels in Townsend if you'd like to stay somewhere else or if we sell out. Little River Bar BQ is across the street (suppose to be really good), as is River Rage Tubing for anyone who wants to go tubing. For those looking to camp, Ye Olde Mill Campground is across the street next to the tubing place, and several other campgrounds are just down the road. And for @OsuMj and anyone she suckers into hiking, the Townsend Historical Trail runs right in front of the motel. 

Townsend Gateway Inn
8270 State Hwy 73
Townsend, TN 37882
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The rates shown below include all taxes. This is an estimate per night based on four nights. 

3 - Cottages, max occupancy 4 (1 queen bed, 1 sleeper sofa or futon, $130.82/night)
2 - Suite, max occupancy 6 (2 queen beds, 1 sleeper sofa, $126.23/night)
8 - Double Queen Rooms, max occupancy 4 (2 queen beds, $104.43/night)
8 - Single King Rooms, max occupancy 2 (1 king bed, $99.84/night)
9 - Single Queen Rooms, max occupancy 2 (1 queen bed, $99.84/night)

Pictures of the rooms/cottages.

Rollaway beds are available for a fee that can also be reserved. 

All rooms/cottages have a hair dryer, coffee maker, refrigerator and microwave. The cottages also have a full kitchen, picnic table, and grill. 

All rooms require confirmed reservations with a credit card.

Any unconfirmed rooms will be released back to the motel.

Confirmed reservations that are cancelled less than 14 days prior to arrival will be subject to a cancellation fee equal to 1 night plus tax.

Reservations can be made by calling (865-238-0123) or online at http://www.townsendgatewayinn.com using code OR2018. 

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Yes, I know it's way early. I wanted to make sure to get this information to everyone as early as possible since the dates and lodging have changed. 

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Also, Hops in the Hills (a craft beer festival in Maryville, TN) is usually the same weekend for those who want to check that out. If enough people are interested, might be worth checking about a taxi/shuttle to take us. 

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I'm down fo-sho. Looking forward to the change of venue.

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Not dry and a full real grocery store a mile down the road. And no more hauling trailers across the Dragon.

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Townsend perfect choice, good clean and ideal location, and 45 mins to gap is a nice seo kind of ride and not a crappy trafficy slab we are talking. Am In :) 

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Reminder again, Townsend cops are strict as per locals, some said stories of getting tagged for just 8 above. So around town just be normal riders, once off of town limit become Ohio riders again :D 

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Of course I am in for this. Always nice to change up the location and try something new.

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In, Gateway Inn is very nice clean place with great staff. Enjoyed my stay there this year and definitely looking forward to 2018. Pending this and smoky mountain crawl dates. 

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37 minutes ago, OsuMj said:

And hiking trails all the way to fontana!!

There are some good trails around there.  I'm excited already.

I don't know what I'm going to do without the entertainment of waking up to Shawn swinging a fireplace shovel repeatedly as a mouse zigzags across the floor... guess I'll just manage with the clean rooms and functional appliances...

That fucker was HUGE!  I probably saved your life!  

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In for a cottage or double queen. 

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Not having to trailer across the dragon and this being an hour shorter travel time is the best news 4 years too late :lol:

ok who was it that bought my VFR? I need to rent it for a weekend...

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15 minutes ago, Bad324 said:

Not having to trailer across the dragon and this being an hour shorter travel time is the best news 4 years too late :lol:

ok who was it that bought my VFR? I need to rent it for a weekend...

Bet some redneck would trade you a motorcycle for that mulletmobile. 

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Putting this on my calendar, really going to try to make it.   

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9 hours ago, Casper said:

Bet some redneck would trade you a motorcycle for that mulletmobile. 

Someone would have to give me damn near double what I paid for my mulletmobile to let it go. Plus I don't want a motorcycle, I want my motorcycle :(

 

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12 hours ago, NinjaDoc said:

Reminder again, Townsend cops are strict as per locals, some said stories of getting tagged for just 8 above. So around town just be normal riders, once off of town limit become Ohio riders again :D 

Define normal....

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Wife and I are in for this.  Glad the venue is changing.  It surely CAN'T be any worse.  And it will be nice not having to trailer through the Dragon.  

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17 minutes ago, Hellmutt said:

Wife and I are in for this.  Glad the venue is changing.  It surely CAN'T be any worse.  And it will be nice not having to trailer through the Dragon.  

Tell @snot I think I have the Mrs. talk into going next year. She was asking me about her at Fontana at the fire one night.

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3 minutes ago, 2talltim said:

Tell @snot I think I have the Mrs. talk into going next year. She was asking me about her at Fontana at the fire one night.

Think you just did that, but I'll let her know too LOL.  Townsend seems like it would be more fun for non-riding-wives wanting something to do

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Calendar marked and this time gonna avoid roads beginning with the letter I. The slab sucks!

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