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Thread: Cherohala Skyway/Tail of the Dragon cruise.

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    Cherohala Skyway/Tail of the Dragon cruise.

    I am planning a trial run of a fall foliage cruise for Marauder owners in Robbinsville, NC on October 14 (Saturday) on one of the most popular touring roads in the U.S for motorcyclists & sports car drivers, the Tail of the Dragon {U.S. 129} at the border of Tennessee & North Carolina and the adjoining Cherohala Skyway by the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The approximate length of the trip is +/- 120 miles and it would take most of the day to complete, including time for sightseeing & taking breaks for snacks & trips to the restroom. For those that are spending the night, I recommend getting lodging plans taken care of a.s.a.p due to the high demand of hotel rooms at this time of year. The meeting place for this cruise is at the intersection of US 129 & NC 28 (1 mile south of the TN/NC state line) [street address is 17555 Tapoco Road, Robbinsville, NC 28771.] The starting time of the cruise at this location is 10:00 a.m. For printable maps, go to www.tailofthedragonmaps.com
    For general information, go to http://www.tailofthedragon.com For information on accomodations, dining options, and road conditions, go to http://tailofthedragontours.com


    Post in this thread anyone that can make this cruise.


    P.S Sorry for the short notice on my end.
    2003 Marauder 300A
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    Build date: 08/22/2002
    Adopted: 08/21/2011 at 76,404 miles
    Joined the 100k mile club on 04/14/2013
    at I-95 North at New Smyrna Beach,FL


    List of modifications:
    • Ford Escape 6 CD audiophile unit
    • LCM/EATC upgrades courtesy of FBM

    • Acme wheel lock kit (20 locks/1 key)

    • Trunk plate for 1998-2010 Crown Victoria (Havis part # C-3054)

    • Innovative Interceptors 3.5 in resonator deleted exhaust tips courtesy of RoyLPita

    • Trunk organizer



    1995 Ford CVPI
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    Sold:03/2015 [330k miles]

    2001 Chevrolet Impala
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    R.I.P. REX aka S/C CHEESEHEAD


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    Hmmm. Love that road. Was just down there and watched the eclipse at the Dragon store. I would love to head back down, but not sure I can swing it for that date.
    ~Chris

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    Booked a room, and should see you up there. Called my Daddy, and he my drive over and ride with us. He said he's driven the Dragon many times but not in his new SS. What about you Fordnut? This is in your neighborhood. We'd love to see you.

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    I wish, one day I definitely want to hit this road.
    Steven

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    Looks like we will be meeting Ya'll there God willing and the creek don't rise.
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    I'll be staying in the nearby city of Andrews, NC on the Friday before the cruise until the following Monday. I originally was going to do the cruise today after an All Ford car show in Maggie Valley, NC yesterday, but I could not get the time off from work until this coming week. Also being that the remnants of hurricane Nate will affect the weather in the area this weekend, it all will work out for the best. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone that could attend. Also the Fall Foliage forecast is showing better colors more towards the middle of October.
    2003 Marauder 300A
    #3968 of 7838
    Black/Dark Charcoal
    Build date: 08/22/2002
    Adopted: 08/21/2011 at 76,404 miles
    Joined the 100k mile club on 04/14/2013
    at I-95 North at New Smyrna Beach,FL


    List of modifications:
    • Ford Escape 6 CD audiophile unit
    • LCM/EATC upgrades courtesy of FBM

    • Acme wheel lock kit (20 locks/1 key)

    • Trunk plate for 1998-2010 Crown Victoria (Havis part # C-3054)

    • Innovative Interceptors 3.5 in resonator deleted exhaust tips courtesy of RoyLPita

    • Trunk organizer



    1995 Ford CVPI
    Purchased : 03/1999 [77k miles]
    Sold:03/2015 [330k miles]

    2001 Chevrolet Impala
    New DD since 02/2015 [93k miles]

    R.I.P. REX aka S/C CHEESEHEAD


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    What a coincidence we booked a room in Andrews NC also. What's the odds it's the same hotel. I think there's only 1 hotel in Andrews.

    It was an honor to have
    my ASS kicked by you!
    Rest In Peace!
    Paul T. Casey

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    I checked in late Friday night, but I'm here. I could see Granddaddy Marq's Silver Birch parked at the same hotel. I hope to see everyone that can make it tomorrow.
    2003 Marauder 300A
    #3968 of 7838
    Black/Dark Charcoal
    Build date: 08/22/2002
    Adopted: 08/21/2011 at 76,404 miles
    Joined the 100k mile club on 04/14/2013
    at I-95 North at New Smyrna Beach,FL


    List of modifications:
    • Ford Escape 6 CD audiophile unit
    • LCM/EATC upgrades courtesy of FBM

    • Acme wheel lock kit (20 locks/1 key)

    • Trunk plate for 1998-2010 Crown Victoria (Havis part # C-3054)

    • Innovative Interceptors 3.5 in resonator deleted exhaust tips courtesy of RoyLPita

    • Trunk organizer



    1995 Ford CVPI
    Purchased : 03/1999 [77k miles]
    Sold:03/2015 [330k miles]

    2001 Chevrolet Impala
    New DD since 02/2015 [93k miles]

    R.I.P. REX aka S/C CHEESEHEAD


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    Great ride Rick. We loved it. I can not get any of the pictures to load. It was good to see everyone, all 3 of y'all. I'm going to have to move forward with the big break up grade. I think I got them hot and warped them. Developed a strange transportation issue and my random misfire is worse. Even with the little head aches I can't wait to go back. Thank for setting this up.

    It was an honor to have
    my ASS kicked by you!
    Rest In Peace!
    Paul T. Casey

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granddaddy Marq View Post
    Great ride Rick. We loved it. I can not get any of the pictures to load. It was good to see everyone, all 3 of y'all. I'm going to have to move forward with the big break up grade. I think I got them hot and warped them. Developed a strange transportation issue and my random misfire is worse. Even with the little head aches I can't wait to go back. Thank for setting this up.
    You're quite welcome. I didn't do too bad considering that this was planned on short notice. You're quite welcome. Hope you're going to make it home without any problems. My brake rotors are a little bit warped today when I apply the brakes really hard. Thanks to everyone that participated today. Hopefully by July of next year, I'll post up about doing this again.
    2003 Marauder 300A
    #3968 of 7838
    Black/Dark Charcoal
    Build date: 08/22/2002
    Adopted: 08/21/2011 at 76,404 miles
    Joined the 100k mile club on 04/14/2013
    at I-95 North at New Smyrna Beach,FL


    List of modifications:
    • Ford Escape 6 CD audiophile unit
    • LCM/EATC upgrades courtesy of FBM

    • Acme wheel lock kit (20 locks/1 key)

    • Trunk plate for 1998-2010 Crown Victoria (Havis part # C-3054)

    • Innovative Interceptors 3.5 in resonator deleted exhaust tips courtesy of RoyLPita

    • Trunk organizer



    1995 Ford CVPI
    Purchased : 03/1999 [77k miles]
    Sold:03/2015 [330k miles]

    2001 Chevrolet Impala
    New DD since 02/2015 [93k miles]

    R.I.P. REX aka S/C CHEESEHEAD


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    Yeah that Dragon's tail definitely whipped us around. Had a great time with ya'll. Looking forward to next time. My brakes are doing just fine those Wilwoods work pretty good. Better brakes are definitely worth the money.
    2004 DTR Marauder, #423 of 9806
    2004 SB Marauder, SOLD
    2003 Black Marauder, #3029 of 7093
    2003 Black Supercharged Marauder, #1940 of 7093
    2003 DBP Marauder, #225 of 328, SOLD
    2007 Black Shelby GT Terlingua
    2017 Grabber Blue Mustang GT 5.0
    2018 Platinum White King Ranch F150 FX4

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    I'm having problems downloading the pictures that I took to the thread, but I have made a video that is 26 minutes long on the Dragon run.https://youtu.be/zBYcPA3x-mw
    2003 Marauder 300A
    #3968 of 7838
    Black/Dark Charcoal
    Build date: 08/22/2002
    Adopted: 08/21/2011 at 76,404 miles
    Joined the 100k mile club on 04/14/2013
    at I-95 North at New Smyrna Beach,FL


    List of modifications:
    • Ford Escape 6 CD audiophile unit
    • LCM/EATC upgrades courtesy of FBM

    • Acme wheel lock kit (20 locks/1 key)

    • Trunk plate for 1998-2010 Crown Victoria (Havis part # C-3054)

    • Innovative Interceptors 3.5 in resonator deleted exhaust tips courtesy of RoyLPita

    • Trunk organizer



    1995 Ford CVPI
    Purchased : 03/1999 [77k miles]
    Sold:03/2015 [330k miles]

    2001 Chevrolet Impala
    New DD since 02/2015 [93k miles]

    R.I.P. REX aka S/C CHEESEHEAD


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    What is the four wheel alignment are you telling me you do all four


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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorwork View Post
    What is the four wheel alignment are you telling me you do all four


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    Carfixer alignment specs is on the 3rd post of this thread. https://mercurymarauder.net/forums/s...ad.php?t=73051
    2003 Marauder 300A
    #3968 of 7838
    Black/Dark Charcoal
    Build date: 08/22/2002
    Adopted: 08/21/2011 at 76,404 miles
    Joined the 100k mile club on 04/14/2013
    at I-95 North at New Smyrna Beach,FL


    List of modifications:
    • Ford Escape 6 CD audiophile unit
    • LCM/EATC upgrades courtesy of FBM

    • Acme wheel lock kit (20 locks/1 key)

    • Trunk plate for 1998-2010 Crown Victoria (Havis part # C-3054)

    • Innovative Interceptors 3.5 in resonator deleted exhaust tips courtesy of RoyLPita

    • Trunk organizer



    1995 Ford CVPI
    Purchased : 03/1999 [77k miles]
    Sold:03/2015 [330k miles]

    2001 Chevrolet Impala
    New DD since 02/2015 [93k miles]

    R.I.P. REX aka S/C CHEESEHEAD


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