Drive & DineForty-four Appalachian members in 25 cars met for a drive to the Tryon International Equestrian Center.

This was another of our practice runs for a Treffen Asheville tour, and we followed the same procedure we'll use in September, including breaking into two groups, each with a lead and sweep car. The 55-mile route included a portion of twisting, scenic Route 176. The sunny weather inspired those with soft tops to drop them and those of us without to turn up the air-conditioning. There is no admission charge at the Equestrian Center, which is worth a visit to watch the riders practice or compete, visit the boutiques, or enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants. Do check their Website before you go; they sometimes host large events.

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    As usual, we begin the drive with a drivers' meeting to review the guidelines and route.

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    Lunch was a buffet at the Equestrian Center,

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    We ate in the restaurant overlooking the main arena.

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    The Equestrian Center hosts several restaurants, all open to the public.

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    The main arena seats 6000 spectators.

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    There are many shops on the property.

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    There are several smaller fields, which were being used for practice during our visit.

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    Some fields are for team practice and competition.