More and more members now own a Porsche SUV or have some other SUV in their garage. Let’s take your SUV off the beaten path with a first-ever off-road drive and dine using Forest Service roads for a different drive experience.
We have asked Rob Doudrick, Appalachian Region member and United States Forest Service, Southern Regional Research Station Director to lead us on a drive of Forest Service roads to experience the Pisgah National Forest from a different perspective.
Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Time: Meet-up at 9:30 am, Depart at 10:00 am
Location: Ingles, 3338 Boylston Hwy, Mills River, NC, At the corner of 280 and 191
Lunch: Brevard at Magpie Meat & Three, a southern eatery at 170 King St., Brevard, NC
Don’t worry; we are not talking a serious off-road drive. Rob has scouted the roads and feels confident that a normal SUV or other high-riding vehicles can easily navigate these roads. The low-slung Porsche sports cars are not suggested on this drive though Rob did encounter a new Corvette on the road.
Here is how Rob describes the roads that we will be experiencing:
“The drive roads are well-maintained National Forest roads. We will experience several hundred feet elevation changes. We would not be "off-roading" along "two-tracks" or logging roads where there is little room for error. The drive is along two lane roads with room to pass on-coming cars with care. The road surface will be packed gravel for the most part but with occasional short sections of dirt in low areas and low water crossings. I encountered only one crossing that was wet.”
We are opening this drive up to all vehicle makes and models – a Porsche SUV is not required. “Run what you brung!”
NOTE: Since we will be at a higher elevation in November, we will only proceed with the drive on a fair weather day.
This is a representative road in the Pisgah National Forest, but not the actual road that we will be driving.
See you in the Forest!