2017 Solar Eclipse ride!

Monday  21 August  2017  9:00 AM    Monday  21 August  2017 6:00 PM
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Let's get together for a group ride day to witness the Solar Eclipse from the Cherahola Skyway! We should have great viewing.
We'll work out the details, but for now I believe we'll meet for breakfast, (most likely here in Maryville) make a nice ride out of it and arrive at our viewing point early with packed lunches for everyone. The total eclipse will pass over us at about 2:30 PM.
We are happy if we have a large turnout, but if we do, we'll split into smaller groups for the ride with people who know the roads leading each group to avoid confusion - Everyone should be able to have a fun ride at thier own pace. (we'll do maps for those who want to ride alone). Passengers and kids are welcome, and we'd love to see everyone come out for a great time while enjoying sopme awesome roads - We'll not only do the Skyway, but surely come back via Deals Gap, (aka The Dragon).

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3006 old niles ferry road, Maryville, 37803, TN, United States

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-- 21/08/2017 01:53
UPDATE: Meet at the shop before 9, Please gas up before you get here. We'll ride over the Gap, 28 to Fontana.. Fontana apparently has a limited amount of public access. If they don't have room, we'll try the Dam. if it's a madhouse at both we'll make a nice ride back to the shop and commence a cookout and beers and watch it here. The Eclipse doesn't start till 1, so if we stake out a good spot there and traffic is light - passes on 28 are possible.. We've been watching/getting reports.. no real craziness at Robbinsville now, we should be fine. We're bringing bottled water and snacks on one of our bikes.. Keep in mind you should think of strapping on a folding chair if you can, and plan to go with the flow and have fun! this is about watching the Eclipse and hanging out, don't sweat the small stuff!
-- 21/08/2017 01:53
we'll be there
-- 21/08/2017 01:53
Pj, we are heading to the resort. Hopefully catch you there

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-- 20/08/2017 13:15
We're watching the crowds and situation as closely as we can, and right now it doesn't look bad. Reports from Robbinsville this morning is that it seems pretty normal. We'll be watching closely to see what the crowds are like, and decide. For ride routes, we'll either head across the gap and down 28 to Fontana, or 422 and 3y0 to tellico, and watch it south of town from hunts lodge. Plan on being at the shop with a full gas tank at 9.
-- 20/08/2017 13:15
Stop and say hey. I'll be at my parking spot at the first pull off north of the Overlook. My truck and a mini motor home. 👍🏻
-- 20/08/2017 13:15
Make sure you have some coffee.... LoL

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-- 17/08/2017 01:35
Apparently we're going to have "Eclipsemegedon" or some such.. warnings about food and gas shortages, road closures, masses of people in every little town.. The local news is saying to buy food and gas before Friday. :) And I'm hoping that like every snowstorm warning, the forecasters are way wrong. I've gone out and ridden to a couple of speculative spots, but I'm not sure of which one we should use. Cherahola and foothills parkway are out.. there are people planning on starting to camp the night before.. I'll update over the weekend based on if we see real crazy crowds or not. regardless of how nuts it gets, I intend on having fun and watching the moons shadow zip over us at 1400 mph...
-- 17/08/2017 01:35
Hope they are wrong about shortages. We are on a generator and it requires gas.
-- 17/08/2017 01:35
Just like Y2K
-- 17/08/2017 01:35
This may be a job for the dirty bikes! We'll just off-road it to a sweet viewing spot!
-- 17/08/2017 01:35
What about Fontana dam

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-- 17/08/2017 00:54
Here's a fun tool to play with: http://xjubier.free.fr/en/site_pages/solar_eclipses/TSE_2017_GoogleMapFull.html?Lat=35.70233&Lng=-84.02000&Zoom=13&LC=1
http://xjubier.free.fr/en/site_pages/solar_eclipses/TSE_2017_GoogleMapFull.html?Lat=35.70233&Lng=-84.02000&Zoom=13&LC=1

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-- 16/08/2017 20:37
Heads up!! If you haven't gotten your Eclipse glasses yet, snag all you can if you find them!
-- 16/08/2017 20:37
When and where do we meet up for the ride?

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-- 15/08/2017 10:58
I took off work. Either doing this or going to beach... would rather do this... anyone have final details? Meet up at 9AM in Maryville correct?
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-- 15/08/2017 10:58
Yes - we'll meet up here in Maryville, then ride to our viewing spot. we're packing lunch and we'll hang out, eat, watch, etc.
Michael Chenoweth
-- 15/08/2017 10:58
Excellent. I will get arrangements settled. I may be solo. Look forward to meeting some new people in my new area! Black and red 2013 750 with Texas plates.
Michael Chenoweth
-- 15/08/2017 10:58
well... looks like I waited too long to get a room close... anyone already going let me park my car and trailer at their place/hotel?? Hit me up please.

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-- 14/08/2017 13:05
No guarantees, but I'm going to try to attend. Looks like just the right spot for the best view!

Loren Hansford Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 14/08/2017 13:05
This looks like one event/date that my job does not have anything planned that will interfere with it! Going to start on the necessary vacation/travel plans right away!

Joseph Slater Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 14/08/2017 13:05
Wish I could go but of course I am out of town when this happens :(

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-- 02/08/2017 17:32
We're looking for good alternate locations that will give us a decent ride without dealing with the crowds.
-- 02/08/2017 17:32
You can hit Diamond Branch loop. It's just around two miles up hwy. 72 from us.
-- 02/08/2017 17:32
I might join you guys on this ride.

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-- 17/03/2017 01:55
I wish I could go. I'll be in WV.

Mark Schwechter Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 17/03/2017 01:36
Can't make it, but I'll be down two weeks later!
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3006 old niles ferry road, Maryville, 37803, TN, United States
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