The drive was billed as driving the Nantahala Gorge, but the highlight was actually driving the 35-mile long Wayah Road.
Thanks to Drive Leaders Lee Geronime and David Stori they planned a drive few of the participants had made as we enjoyed snaking along the Nantahala River past Nantahala Lake to Franklin for lunch. Thanks also to Jim Woods for driving sweep.
The drive was sold out with 20 Porsches and 33 drivers and navigators. We had a mix of Caymans, Boxsters and 911’s but surprisingly there were no Macans or Cayennes. Two tour groups of 10 cars each were established for safe driving.
We were happy to welcome new transfer members David and Joan Raznick who recently moved to the area from Chesapeake Region. This was their first introduction to driving our great Porsche roads in North Carolina. As David said: “What great Porsche driving roads in North Carolina. You’ll certainly see us on future drives.”
The tour met in Waynesville for the first leg drive to the Nantahala Outdoor Center where we were hoping to see some of the world-class kayaking action the center is known for. Unfortunately there were no kayakers but the Center was jam-packed with visitors. Parking proved a challenged but we shoe-horned our cars in and everyone got to enjoy the rest stop.
The rest stop gave Carl and Janice in their white 911 a chance to catch up with the group after a last-minute sign-up when a cancellation opened a spot.
From the Outdoor Center the two tour groups drove a section of the famous Nantahala Gorge before turning south for a drive down Wayah Road. Even though many of us have driven a lot of roads in the area, most members agreed this was a new route for them and one of the best roads they had driven.
The drive along Wayah provided great scenery as we traveled through the Nantahala National Forest with twists and turns, elevation gains and descents and the sites of rivers, waterfalls and lakes. It doesn’t get much better. Here is a video of Steve and May Jo’s blue Boxster and Johnny’s yellow Boxster enjoying the twists and turns.
As Allen Peerson said: “This was one of the best roads we’ve driven in the area. Let’s use this one again.” It is sure to be a repeat drive!
The drive concluded in Franklin at Fat Buddy’s Ribs and BBQ. Three tables held all 33 of us as we enjoyed barbeque and the company of fellow drivers.
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