The September Drive and Dine event saw 23 cars and 38 Appalachian Region members drive the route planned by Lee Geronime and David Stori from Maggie Valley, NC to Clingman’s Dome in Tennessee ending with a drive to the “Road to Nowhere.”
Two tour groups met bright and early in Maggie Valley to travel the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Smoky Mountain National Park with the destination of Clingman’s Dome on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. Clingman’s Dome is the highest mountain in the Smoky Mountains and the third highest mountain east of the Mississippi at an elevation of 6,643’.
It was a beautiful day on the road and the mountain providing long-range clear views. If you want to view a time-lapse video of the drive one was recorded during the drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5c6IE8vzDA&feature=youtu.be
One drive group left early to make the 45-minute round-trip hike to the summit. It is a continual hike up the mountain equivalent to climbing a 33-story building. There was a lot of huffing and puffing but the reward at the top was worth the effort.
The second drive group opted to enjoy the view from the Visitors Center level where there was no lacking breathtaking views. The two lines of 23 polished and shined Porsches with a little bit of road grit looked pretty good at 6,000’ with a stunning backdrop of mountains in the background. It is hard to capture on film but it is a great memory for us all.
After leaving Clingman’s the drive groups continued down 441 through Cherokee on their way to Bryson City for a fabulous lunch at Pasqualino’s Italian restaurant.
Post-lunch, member and local resident, Jerry Mattox led a small group out of Bryson City to the “Road to Nowhere.” Jerry was able to provide insight and local lore to the history of the Road that capped off the day with an entertaining session of driving and storytelling.
Thanks to the drive team of Lee Geronime, David Stori, David Angelus, Jim Woods, Bill Price and Jerry Mattox for making this a highlight drive of 2019.
The next event is a Breakfast Ramble on October 5 with a Leaf Tour Drive and Dine on October 26 that will culminate in a Boat Tour on Lake Lure. The final details are being ironed out for both events, but sign up is now available at the events tab of aprpca.org.
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