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Come join the OKISS group for a late summer cruise to the mountains. The run start in Lexington, KY on Thursday September 9th and returns Sunday September 12th. We depart Lexington Thursday at 5 pm and travel Kentucky and Virginia scenic roads and byways to Wise Va. in the heart of Appalachian coal country were we will spend the night. Bestwestern.com, the World's Largest Hotel Chain.
If you are unable to join us in Lexington for the early start you can still catch up by driving to Wise Thursday evening. If you leave Lexington later it takes about 3 hrs to drive to Wise. This route from Lexington to Wise is all 4 lane. This first leg is roughly 174 miles and should allow us to arrive at Wise around 8 pm that evening. We will be spending the night in Wise and leave Friday morning to head to Blowing Rock, NC where we will visit Grand Father Mountain Grandfather Mountain and finish the day off by browsing the shops and stores in Blowing Rock Shopping - Blowing Rock, North Carolina. We will be spending the night at the Holiday Inn Express. http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/boorn/hoteldetail?cm_mmc=mdpr-_-googlemaps-_-ex-_-boorn The route to Blowing Rock from Wise is roughly 142 miles and there are some nice twisties planned in the route and still allow ample time to visit the area on Friday and enjoy dinner that evening. We depart Blowing Rock on Saturday morning for a leisurely twisting 80 mile cruise down the Blue Ridge Parkway to just outside Ashville NC. Were we will cut across north Ashville and pick up Hwy 63 and begin or run back to Wise, Virginia. This 275 mile leg will take us over some of the most scenic Blue Ridge Mountain roads to be found and crossing into Tenn. and eventually Va. via the Appalachian Mountains. We will again spend the night in Wise Va. Bestwestern.com, the World's Largest Hotel Chain and then Sunday morning head back to Lexington. Arrival to Lexington depends on the return route to be decided the morning of departure but the most direct route should have everyone back by 2 pm or so.




We ran this route from the western part of North Carolina up to Wise Va. this past spring and I can tell you that you will not be disappointed if you decide to attend, the mountainous roads were twisting, the scenery breath taking and very little traffic on our course.




A word to all our Kappa friends in the area, you are welcome to join in on this run at any point so if you are in the Carolinas, Tennessee, Virginia area or any other place for that matter we would be happy to have you.

Up Dated Motel Info:

I was able to secure a group rate at each motel for each night of our stay. I have 10 non smoking room blocks for each night.

For the Best Western in Wise Va. call ( 276-329-3500 ) tell them you are with the OKISS group and the rate is $65.40 for each night. This block of rooms will be held until 2 weeks before or stay.


For the Holiday Inn Express in Blowing Rock you can call (828-295-4422) tell them you are with the OKISS group or go to the above web site and enter code OGB and the rate is $119.00 These rooms will be held until 1 month before or stay


If you have any questions please pm me.
 

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Ok if you have Google Earth you can view this file. First you will have to save file and rename it to late summer run.kmz as the only the way to attach it here is to change the file extension. Then it will open in Google Earth. If you have problems PM me and I will try and help.
 

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lastoy : could you give a list of the roads that you plan on using between the overnite stops?? Thanks.
Route notes from the Garmin Mapsource file:

Route: Wise to Grandfather Mountain Entrance Rd 6/16/2010



Directions/Name Distance
1. Best Western-Wise 0 ft
2. Get on Woodland Dr SW and drive east 7 ft
3. Turn right onto Norton Rd 0.1 mi
4. Turn left onto Orby Cantrell Hwy 0.2 mi
5. Take exit 2B to the right onto US-58-Alt E towards Coeburn 2.7 mi
6. Turn right onto Stone Mountain Rd 7.8 mi
7. Turn left onto Pine Camp Rd 11.8 mi
8. Turn right onto Bark Camp Rd 12.1 mi
9. Turn left onto Corder Bottom Way 14.9 mi
10. Turn right onto Osborne Ridge Rd 16.4 mi
11. Turn left onto Osborne Ridge Rd 17.0 mi
12. Turn right onto Hunters Valley East Rd 19.7 mi
13. Turn left onto Va-902 22.2 mi
14. Turn left onto Staunton Creek Ln 23.0 mi
15. Turn right onto Staunton Creek Ln 23.5 mi
16. Turn right onto Veterans Memorial Hwy 24.1 mi
17. 6280 Veterans Memorial Hwy 32.2 mi
18. Get on Veterans Memorial Hwy and drive south 32.2 mi
19. Turn right onto E Jackson St 38.4 mi
20. Turn left onto Jones St 39.4 mi
21. Turn left onto Kane St 39.7 mi
22. Turn left onto US 23 S 39.9 mi
23. Turn left onto Wadlow Gap Hwy 41.0 mi
24. Turn left onto Bloomingdale Rd 45.8 mi
25. Turn right onto Ollis Bowers Hill Rd 50.9 mi
26. Turn left onto E Stone Dr 51.0 mi
27. Turn right onto Hwy 394 54.9 mi
28. Hwy 394 60.4 mi
29. Get on Hwy 394 and drive east 60.4 mi
30. Take the US-19 S/US-11e S/Tn-37 S/Tn-34 W ramp to the right 62.9 mi
31. Turn left onto US 19e S 66.6 mi
32. Turn left onto US 321 80.7 mi
33. Turn right onto US 321 90.3 mi
34. 5700 US 321 97.6 mi
35. Get on US 321 and drive southwest 97.6 mi
36. Turn left onto Road 97.7 mi
37. Turn left onto Jack Campbell Brg 98.0 mi
38. Turn right onto Poga Rd 98.1 mi
39. Turn right onto Road 102 mi
40. Turn left onto Clawson Rd 102 mi
41. Turn right onto Dark Ridge Rd 104 mi
42. Turn right onto Dark Ridge Rd 106 mi
43. Keep left onto Old Beech Mountain Rd 107 mi
44. Turn right onto Banner Elk Hwy 109 mi
45. Turn left onto US 19e 112 mi
46. Turn left onto Hwy 181 118 mi
47. Turn left onto Grandfather Mountain Entrance Rd 124 mi
48. Grandfather Mountain Entrance Rd 124 mi
49. Get on Grandfather Mountain Entrance Rd and drive south 124 mi
50. Turn left onto Blowing Rock Hwy 124 mi
51. Turn left onto Blowing Rock Hwy 131 mi
52. Turn left onto Main St 141 mi
53. Turn right onto W Cornish Rd 141 mi
54. Turn right onto US 321-Byp 141 mi
55. 8418 Valley Blvd 142 mi


Route: Blowing Rock - Wise 6/16/2010



Directions/Name Distance
1. Valley Blvd and Ransom St 0 ft
2. Get on Valley Blvd and drive north 0 ft
3. Turn left onto W Cornish Rd 0.7 mi
4. Turn left onto Main St 0.8 mi
5. Turn right onto Yonahlossee Rd 1.2 mi
6. Bear right onto US 221 8.1 mi
7. Bear right onto US 221 10.5 mi
8. Bear left onto Blowing Rock Hwy 11.8 mi
9. Take the Blue Ridge Pky ramp to the right 16.5 mi
10. Turn right onto Blue Ridge Pky 16.6 mi
11. Blue Ridge Pky 29.6 mi
12. Get on Blue Ridge Pky and drive southwest 29.6 mi
13. Blue Ridge Pky1 58.1 mi
14. Get on Blue Ridge Pky and drive southwest 58.1 mi
15. Keep left onto Blue Ridge Pky 79.0 mi
16. Turn right onto Town Mountain Rd 88.8 mi
17. Turn left onto Town Mountain Rd 88.9 mi
18. Turn right onto College St 95.1 mi
19. Turn right onto Charlotte St 95.2 mi
20. Take the I-240 W/US-70 W/US-74-Alt W ramp to the left 95.5 mi
21. Continue on US-19 S/US-23 S/I-240 W towards W Asheville 96.7 mi
22. Continue towards I-240 W/I-26 E/I-40 97.2 mi
23. Turn right onto New Leicester Hwy 98.5 mi
24. 2020 New Leicester Hwy 103 mi
25. Get on Hwy 63 and drive northwest 103 mi
26. Turn right onto Hwy 209 125 mi
27. 9685 Hwy 209 130 mi
28. Get on Hwy 209 and drive north 130 mi
29. Turn left onto Hwy 208 145 mi
30. Turn left onto Hwy 208 149 mi
31. Turn right onto W Main St 169 mi
32. Keep right onto W Andrew Johnson Hwy 172 mi
33. Turn left onto Hwy 93 172 mi
34. 6725 Kingsport Hwy 179 mi
35. Get on Hwy 93 and drive northeast 179 mi
36. Turn left onto Babbs Mill Rd 179 mi
37. Turn right onto Baileyton Rd 183 mi
38. Turn left onto Hwy 347 193 mi
39. Turn right onto Hwy 347 205 mi
40. Turn left onto Hwy 70 206 mi
41. Trail of the Lonesome Pine 225 mi
42. Turn left onto Blackwater Hwy 234 mi
43. Turn left onto Wilderness Rd 237 mi
44. Turn right onto Palace St 238 mi
45. Turn right onto Harris Ave 238 mi
46. Turn right onto Main St 238 mi
47. Turn left onto Main St 246 mi
48. Turn left onto Harlan Rd 247 mi
49. Turn right onto Keokee Rd 248 mi
50. 6176 Keokee Rd 255 mi
51. Get on Keokee Rd and drive northeast 255 mi
52. Bear right onto Hoover Hill Rd 257 mi
53. Turn right onto Short Cut Loop 262 mi
54. Turn right onto Keokee Rd 262 mi
55. Keep right onto Road 270 mi
56. Turn left onto W Main St 271 mi
57. 4131 Kent Junction Rd 275 mi
58. Get on Kent Junction Rd and drive southeast 275 mi
59. Keep right onto W Norton Rd 279 mi
60. Turn right onto 11th St SW 282 mi
61. Turn right onto Kentucky Ave SW 282 mi
62. Take the US-23 N ramp to the right 282 mi
63. Keep right onto Norton Rd 286 mi
64. Turn left onto Woodland Dr SW 286 mi
65. Best Western-Wise 286 mi

The formatting is a little messed up, the cumulative distance at the end of each line is supposed to be separated from the text, but its not. I don't know why.
 

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High Country will have our annual meet up in NC for Labor Day weekend....I might just come back up and run with you all once you get to Asheville. We have our hotel that will give any Kappa a discount for staying if you want to stay there. Here is the link to our website High Country Solstice Sky Club - Home it is listed there. -- Chili

Thanks Chili, I will look into the motel. We would love to have you along.
 

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High Country will have our annual meet up in NC for Labor Day weekend....I might just come back up and run with you all once you get to Asheville. We have our hotel that will give any Kappa a discount for staying if you want to stay there. Here is the link to our website High Country Solstice Sky Club - Home it is listed there. -- Chili

FYI I called your motel and they have a minimum 2 day stay that weekend so we will stick with the original motel in Blowing Rock.
 

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I talked to the Holiday Inn Express today and was told to contact the manager tomorrow to see if we can get some kind of a group rate for Friday Sept 10th. If so I will post the info. Most of the other motels in the Blowing Rock area require a min 2 night stay for our date.
 

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Up Dated Motel Info:

I was able to secure a group rate at each motel for each night of our stay. I have 10 non smoking room blocks for each night.

For the Best Western in Wise Va. call ( 276-329-3500 ) tell them you are with the OKISS group and the rate is $65.40 for each night. This block of rooms will be held until 2 weeks before or stay.


For the Holiday Inn Express in Blowing Rock you can call (828-295-4422) tell them you are with the OKISS group or go to the above web site and enter code OGB and the rate is $119.00 these rooms will be held until 1 month before our stay
 

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Hmmmm.. may need a Babysitter for this one.
can't help you on the baby sitter part but do guarantee a great time on the run

I would recommend charlie w but your kids may come home with bad habits :lol:

FYI, schedule update.
We should be able to be in Lexington by 5ish
great when we get closer I will try and pin down an exact time for our departure from Lexington



One other note to all, the room availability at the Holiday Inn Express in Blowing Rock are only guaranteed until the 9th of Aug. from that date on the rate is still available but they will release all the rooms they were holding for us if unregistered at that time. So if you are planning on coming don't wait to long to reserve your room. I believe you have up until 2 weeks before the dates at the Best Western in Wise to still be able to get a room.

Don't sit on the fence to long this is going to be a good time.:):)
 

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I don't think I have the final routes, but it looks like 650 miles, more or less.
 
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