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    On Monday, June 11, the Power Tour rolls into Birmingham for the 3rd time since 2013. My wife and I have been going on the tour since 2013 and as the years have progressed, we have been less and less worried about the official routes and stops. In recent years we have taken to skipping venues so that we could do our own thing and see the sights we want to see. This year we are planning to skip Birmingham entirely and stay at the Gearhead Inn. We will likely be missing most of the official route Monday and Tuesday but we will have 2 days of HRPT free traffic in the Smoky Mountains. Chattanooga to Gearhead Inn is 150 Miles and Gearhead Inn to Atlanta Motor Speedway is 190 miles.

    I figured I'd throw this out there and see if anyone else is interested in joining us.
    .
    Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15 & 16
    74 Nova Project
    66 Mustang GT Project

    92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
    79 Chevy Truck Project

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    Re: Power Tour Detour - Gearhead Inn

    Hey Chris,

    PM sent.
    I knew I could go faster. DID, a little bit.

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    • #3

      Re: Power Tour Detour - Gearhead Inn

      Hey Chris! I've still got signs for you from last year... if I ever make it up that way they will eventually get delivered

      If you need someone to collect the magnets (Etc. ) that you might miss on your detour, let me know
      Last edited by Redline04; April 26th, 2018, 06:29 PM.
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        Re: Power Tour Detour - Gearhead Inn

        Too bad we cant make it (family trip conflict) this year or wed join you.
        Last edited by moparjim71; April 26th, 2018, 07:46 PM.
        Jim & Cathy North Mankato, MN Long Haulers '04,07,08,09,10,11,12,13,14 Short Haul '05,'15,'17 WST '14,'15,'16,'17

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        • #5

          Re: Power Tour Detour - Gearhead Inn

          Chris has a good plan, The concept. It ain't all that bad. I tried to help with it, it's not at all a bad idea.
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          I knew I could go faster. DID, a little bit.

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          • #6

            Re: Power Tour Detour - Gearhead Inn

            The Gear Head Inn, it's one of the greatest places on earth. It's because Jim and Mary have made it be so. But if you go there in the middle of the week, and we've done that, you'll be looking in all directions wondering, "Where is everybody?"

            GHI is a weekend place. And WHAT a place, more fun than the law allows. But if y'all want to fill the place in the middle of a week, we'll be there. And Jim and Mary will love it, and we'll love it, too.

            EDIT: Okay Sunday, that's weird enough. That's do-able.
            Last edited by pdub; April 28th, 2018, 07:47 PM.
            I knew I could go faster. DID, a little bit.

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            • #7

              Re: Power Tour Detour - Gearhead Inn

              Hey Chris! I've still got signs for you from last year... if I ever make it up that way they will eventually get delivered

              If you need someone to collect the magnets (Etc. ) that you might miss on your detour, let me know
              Thanks John - I may take you up on that offer. And thanks for getting our missing pieces last year. We appreciate it.
              Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15 & 16
              74 Nova Project
              66 Mustang GT Project

              92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
              79 Chevy Truck Project

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              • #8

                Re: Power Tour Detour - Gearhead Inn

                Chris has a good plan, The concept. It ain't all that bad. I tried to help with it, it's not at all a bad idea.
                Thanks again for the offer! We haven't gotten any firm confirmations at this point, so it will likely be a quiet night, which is just fine for us.
                Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15 & 16
                74 Nova Project
                66 Mustang GT Project

                92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
                79 Chevy Truck Project

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                • #9

                  Re: Power Tour Detour - Gearhead Inn

                  Looking at the routes for Monday (to Birmingham) and Tuesday (to Atlanta), I would expect that we would be skipping the route entirely both days. Our plan at this point is to head from Chattanooga to the Tail of the Dragon and then on to the Gearhead Inn taking in any other sites we can identify along the way. On the way to Atlanta Motor Speedway, We would likely head straight south through Mountain City, Tallulah Falls and Athens to avoid downtown Atlanta. More research is needed but that is the general idea. If you know if any must see attractions in those areas, please let us know.
                  Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15 & 16
                  74 Nova Project
                  66 Mustang GT Project

                  92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
                  79 Chevy Truck Project

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                  • #10

                    Re: Power Tour Detour - Gearhead Inn

                    Chris, check this place out:

                    https://tanktownusa.com/

                    This is on the way if you are leaving GHI and a very scenic drive.

                    An hour at Tank Town will have you ready for Atlanta Traffic...
                    Last edited by htrdharley; May 9th, 2018, 05:01 AM.

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                    • #11

                      Re: Power Tour Detour - Gearhead Inn

                      Chevelles 69

                      Bar & Grill

                      Address: 983 NC-69, Hayesville, NC 28904
                      Hours: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM
                      Phone: (828) 389-6069


                      Decent place to sort of along the way down from GHI
                      Last edited by htrdharley; May 9th, 2018, 06:26 AM.

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                      • #12

                        Re: Power Tour Detour - Gearhead Inn

                        Thanks for the ideas Lars!
                        Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15 & 16
                        74 Nova Project
                        66 Mustang GT Project

                        92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
                        79 Chevy Truck Project

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                        • #13

                          Re: Power Tour Detour - Gearhead Inn

                          Looking at the routes for Monday (to Birmingham) and Tuesday (to Atlanta), I would expect that we would be skipping the route entirely both days. Our plan at this point is to head from Chattanooga to the Tail of the Dragon and then on to the Gearhead Inn taking in any other sites we can identify along the way. On the way to Atlanta Motor Speedway, We would likely head straight south through Mountain City, Tallulah Falls and Athens to avoid downtown Atlanta. More research is needed but that is the general idea. If you know if any must see attractions in those areas, please let us know.
                          Cherohala Skyway is a great drive on the way to the TOD.
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                          • #14

                            Re: Power Tour Detour - Gearhead Inn

                            Looking at the routes for Monday (to Birmingham) and Tuesday (to Atlanta), I would expect that we would be skipping the route entirely both days. Our plan at this point is to head from Chattanooga to the Tail of the Dragon and then on to the Gearhead Inn taking in any other sites we can identify along the way. On the way to Atlanta Motor Speedway, We would likely head straight south through Mountain City, Tallulah Falls and Athens to avoid downtown Atlanta. More research is needed but that is the general idea. If you know if any must see attractions in those areas, please let us know.
                            If you are definitely doing that, I think it's a great plan! We love Gearhead. Of course, you should go along the river and possibly do Tail of the Dragon or the Fontana Dam or possibly both before you get to Gearhead between Chattanooga and there. Bryson City is a great place, but might be kinda quiet on a Sunday, but check out the calendar for the city or county in NC for events. Coming from Gearhead there are several ways to travel to get toward Atlanta Motor Speedway. You can take 28 (kinda the back way) through Franklin and Highlands and then go south to Dillard (very scenic and a little narrow and twisty), you can also take the route you mentioned and still go through Cherokee/441 and down through Franklin. Franklin, Dillard and Clayton along 441 are all really quaint little towns. It will be a pretty good haul down to Hampton from there

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                              Re: Power Tour Detour - Gearhead Inn

                              If you travel through Dillard, GA, be sure to stop at the Dillard House for a meal.

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