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Fall Appalachian Riding Tour (FART) - Sept 25-29 Ellijay, GA

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2019 FART Routes

 

  1. Group FART Dinner FRIDAY Sept 27 : Please join us at 6:30 at El Rey Mexican Restaurant and Cantina. Look for us in the separate seating area. We will have table service for food and drinks off the menu - order (and pay) for whatever you want. El Rey is a simple 5 minute walk from our host hotel!

 

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We've created a photo gallery for FART 2019. Please post your event preparation and travel photos there.

https://www.bmwsporttouring.com/gallery/album/47-fart-2019-ellijay-ga/

 

As of Sept 9th:

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Indy Dave

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Note the close proximity of a parts store and beverage store.:5210:

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Endobobdds

Mark (Marcopolo) and I will be there - reservations made!  :thumbsup:   

I noted a pizza to go place within walking distance.

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John Ranalletta

Ruth and I are IN!  Reservations made.

 

I just remembered the guy at the motel didn't ask for dates.  I'll call back.

 

Update, just called to say we didn't talk dates.  The guy says, "25th through 29th".  That works for me but if you need something different, make sure to specify when making reservation.

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Burt

IN.  Room reserved 25-29.

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Selden

Since it's only 35 miles from our house, I think I will be a day tripper for FART this year. On your way to or from East Ellijay, if you ride through Dahlonega in the morning, the Foothill Grill is a great breakfast joint.

 

As always, if someone wants a free bed, PM me, as we have a spare bedroom and a closed garage with tools. Alas, no motorcycle shops are left near Dahlonega, except for a dirt bike shop. 

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Endobobdds

For all those that like to camp:  Glamping

Sleep in a geodesic dome tent at Elatse'Yi in Ellijay, Georgia Elatse'Yi in Ellijay, Georgia
Elatse’Yi

Elatse’Yi is unique glamping experience, with a geodesic dome, Airstream, and cabins with outdoor showers and open air kitchens. Goats and chickens live on the site.

 

Reminds me of a place @Bernie, @Bud and I camped at while at one of our events in Blowing Rock:

 

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Bernie
33 minutes ago, Endobobdds said:

Reminds me of a place @Bernie, @Bud and I camped at while at one of our events in Blowing Rock:

 

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Thank you Bob for refreshing the memories. That was the KOA in Boone, NC, before the Blowing Rock event.

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Indy Dave
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updated list

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terryofperry

In, room booked Wednesday - Sunday.

 

Terry

 

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BMW_Ken

I’m in .  Room reserved Wed.-Sunday.

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twistyguy

In!

Wed-Sun.

Peter

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wbw6cos

We are booked!  As luck would have it, I will be attending the pizza party, too!.   The rookie in me wants to know what the protocol is for reserving me some pie.   Mmmmmm, pie.   Any hoo, I will be arriving Thursday afternoonish and leaving Sunday afternoonish.  Due to all the excitement and fun I had at START, the newbie in me wants to know if the 2020 START will be announced at the FART dinner.   I know, I know,  one ART at a time, but enquiring minds......

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greiffster
3 hours ago, wbw6cos said:

We are booked!  As luck would have it, I will be attending the pizza party, too!.   The rookie in me wants to know what the protocol is for reserving me some pie.   Mmmmmm, pie.   Any hoo, I will be arriving Thursday afternoonish and leaving Sunday afternoonish.  Due to all the excitement and fun I had at START, the newbie in me wants to know if the 2020 START will be announced at the FART dinner.   I know, I know,  one ART at a time, but enquiring minds......

 

It has been SOP to reveal the next spring START at the fall FART.  BUT,  that is entirely up to the fine gentlemen (aka Ken and Dave) who graciously make the effort to coordinate the twice yearly cat herding.

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Indy Dave
Posted (edited)

Hi William - Professor of All Things Wise and resident Distiller Mike is correct. As for the EndoBob's Pizza Extravaganza  (and autograph session), it's a fairly causal affair and as early as a week or two before FARTing - (or maybe as late as the day of) we'll announce the price and you simply show up and pitch in (bringing your own beverage). It's solely a cover the cost of pizza kind of thing - so nothing gets set in stone until the event is nearly upon us. :5223:

 

Looking forward to seeing (more of) you in Elliajy!

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wbw6cos

Good info.   Thanks Mike and Dave.

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60Aviator

In! Wed-Sun

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Marty Hill

In friday and saturday.

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Indy Dave
18 hours ago, 60Aviator said:

In! Wed-Sun

 

14 hours ago, Marty Hill said:

In friday and saturday.

:clap::clap:

 

Great, look forward to seeing you both in Ellijay!! I'm currently traveling, but will add you both to the List of Esteemed Attendees later in the week. :read:

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greiffster

In Wed-Sun.  Nicol arriving on Friday if she doesn't ditch me again.

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brianh70

In Wed-Sun!

 

Chirstopher - I'm still planning on bringing the 650 for some offroading.  :revit:

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S.O.B.

Michelle and I are In Thursday through Sunday. I assured her that Nicole will be in attendance. 

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Indy Dave

The List of (mostly) Esteemed Attendees:

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John Ranalletta

I've been steamed a couple of times myself.

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Medic Mike

Dave:

I cannot see what the hotel location is one the front page.  The .jpg that is being used for some reason is not showing up where I can read them.

Thank you

Mike

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wbw6cos

79 Maddox Circle

East Ellijay, GA 30540

 

Stratford Motor Inn

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Medic Mike

Thank you Sir

 

Mike

 

I am IN!  Reservations made for Wed-Sun.  See everyone in a few months. 

 

Mike

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Slumgullion

In if the the Lord doesn't return nor the creek rise Wednesday until I'm forced to leave!

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Indy Dave
On 5/22/2019 at 6:30 PM, Medic Mike said:

I am IN!  Reservations made for Wed-Sun.  See everyone in a few months. 

 

Mike

 

On 5/24/2019 at 3:04 PM, Slumgullion said:

In if the the Lord doesn't return nor the creek rise Wednesday until I'm forced to leave!

 :5210:  Wouldn't be the same without ya! Glad you both can FART with us.

 

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TyTass

We are IN!

 

Well, Terri will have to drive Friday after work. She still won't have leave by then. The good news is it's a very easy 1 hour drive.  I'll be arriving on Wed.   

 

We were just there on Sunday, after exploring a couple N GA vineyards/Wineries. The place looks simple but very convenient.

 

Already out of King rooms. If anyone who has a King Room decides to cancel please PM me. I'll take your King room.

 

Cheers!

Craig

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TyTass

Just an FYI  regarding weekend riding in Ellijay area:

 

This weekend is two week before the start of the Apple Festival. However, there will still be a lot of folk out looking for apples.  On Sat & Sun, the main highways and arteries will be polluted with very slow drivers in a slow frenzy to get fresh apples.  They have a tendency to stop very suddenly, very slowly veer off the road into a parking lot, but then quickly reenter the highway once they discover the Orchard they were looking for is another quarter mile further down the road on the other side, where who knows what will happen when they arrive there?   I recommend you keep to the back roads, which I have no doubt Ken's routes will keep you on. But for those who want to just make up your own routes, I recommend avoiding the following segments:

  • Hwy 52 btwn SR 5 to the intersection of Hwy 52/Hwy 136. That's like Apple Orchard Alley.
  • Blue Ridge Drive btwn Blue Ridge and McCaysville GA. Almost as bad due to one Orchard ... Merciers. It's huge and draws a lot of people. 

Again, I wouldn't expect those roads to be bad during the weekdays except they are major arteries so you should expect delivery trucks and trailers. So I still recommend avoiding those segments because they rather bland segments and not worth taking. 

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Id's_OK

Duh! (that means IN!). Weds-Sun

 

And for anyone interested and having read Craig's post above, Brian and I were plotting to bring the F650 singles this time to spend more time on the non-so-paved roads.  So who's in?

 

Cheers!

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Indy Dave

Craig, Terri and Christopher  - Great news you will be joining the Ellijay Crew FARTing. Thanks for the heads up on the potential Sour Apples invading our event, Craig!

My fellow Pavement Warriors (now minus the rider formally known as Lone RT Rider) will look forward to hearing of Brian and Christopher's + company's adventures! :stir:

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Foot

IN Wed-Sun :18:

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S.O.B.

Griefster - Distiller Mike?  I think Distiller Dan rolls off the tongue much better.  Pick out what you are bringing to FART?

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Selden

To add to the fun, the Six Gap Century and three Gap Fifty bicycle rides will be September 28-29. Best to avoid anything south of Ellijay-Blairsville that weekend, as the roads will be packed with hundreds (if not more than 1000) of bicycle riders. East Tennessee and west NC should be fine.

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RandyShields
On 6/19/2019 at 3:35 PM, Selden said:

To add to the fun, the Six Gap Century and three Gap Fifty bicycle rides will be September 28-29. Best to avoid anything south of Ellijay-Blairsville that weekend, as the roads will be packed with hundreds (if not more than 1000) of bicycle riders. East Tennessee and west NC should be fine.

Very important info.  Thanks.

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Indy Dave

Summer is just getting going, but Fall will be here all too soon. Plan now to end the 'official' riding season with a bang by joining us in Ellijay!

 

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greiffster
On 6/19/2019 at 12:37 PM, S.O.B. said:

Griefster - Distiller Mike?  I think Distiller Dan rolls off the tongue much better.  Pick out what you are bringing to FART?

 

I have a few ideas currently on the bar.  But most won't make it to the end of September.  Perhaps a bottle of Clayton James Tennessee Whiskey.

 

I've also got a batch of my stuff to bring.

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greiffster
On 6/19/2019 at 2:35 PM, Selden said:

To add to the fun, the Six Gap Century and three Gap Fifty bicycle rides will be September 28-29. Best to avoid anything south of Ellijay-Blairsville that weekend, as the roads will be packed with hundreds (if not more than 1000) of bicycle riders. East Tennessee and west NC should be fine.

 

According to the website, the Criterium is on Saturday.  That is local to downtown Dahlonega.  I'd stay out of there.  But the century and Fifty is on Sunday.  So. i'd avoid those roads on the way home.  Here is the route...

 

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lawnchairboy

IN.  Wed-Sat

 

Been a while. 

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Indy Dave
1 hour ago, lawnchairboy said:

IN.  Wed-Sat

 

Been a while. 

Woo Hoo! It has been a while, but to be fair - you've had some events you intended to attend, but forces worked against you. Kinsley and I know that each time someone's plans are thwarted and they have to cancel attending, defenses are doubled and shored up to fend off the next time The Best Laid Plans are at risk of interfering with FARTing

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ThomasJ

Might a not-so-recent regular on the site be welcome to attend? Also was thinking of camping...would this work out (something close like Plum Nelly Campground)?

Thanks

Tom

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Endobobdds
10 hours ago, ThomasJ said:

Might a not-so-recent regular on the site be welcome to attend? Also was thinking of camping...would this work out (something close like Plum Nelly Campground)?

Thanks

Tom

All are always welcomed!   :18:

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Posted (edited)

Hi Tom - These events tend to be loosely structured, allowing riders to make their own way, on their own schedule. There are a few 'constants', however.

 

1) At the end of the day, the hotel parking lot becomes a social gathering with riders sharing their version of the day's ride and other stories, often while sampling adult beverages. There is a enthusiastic Bourbon contingent and allegedly we have some home distillers in our midst. One provides their own refreshments - but plenty of sharing takes place..

2) Our newest tradition is Endobob's Pizza Extravaganza on Thursday night. This happens at the hotel and compliments item 1 above. The cost is whatever the pizza itself costs.

3) Friday night we have a group meal together. Details for the meal are announced about a month before the event.

 

You are more than welcome to join us, we'd love to have you! Feel free to join us on whatever day works into your schedule. You are more than welcome to camp,  keeping in mind that most activity is based around the host hotel.

 

It's worth noting that we do not organize any rides! Kinsley will provide several GPS routes of differing lengths that start at the hotel and include a lunch stop and return options of differing distances. Some riders ride alone, some in very small groups and some in small groups. Finding a group to ride with is easily done - generally during the parking lot social the night before or early the next morning. Some leave at the crack of dawn, most leave at more normal hours and still others need their beauty sleep - so there's something for everyone. These routes are famously outstanding! They will be released about a month before the event.

 

Others may chime in with some more insight or to add on something I've left out.

 

Please let us know if you have any questions  - Kinsley and I would love to have you join us!

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ThomasJ

Thats  great...thank you gents for the kind invite....I'll get going on making reservations...will either pull in late Wednesday or Thursday noonish....

Thanks again...greatly appreciated.

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John Ranalletta

Dave, I think you should tell newbies about the first night initiation ceremonies.  I know we take an oath of silence, but....

 

 

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wbw6cos

Does it involve free beer?

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John Ranalletta

I'll never tell.

 

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wbw6cos

I just did my my first START in Sparta and this will be my first FART so I guess I am in the clear.  Am I right?   :5146:

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