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 June 20 - 24, 2017 Bryson City, NC: SMRI VIX

Last website update:  22-Jun-2017

Questions?  Check our FAQ's     registrations are open


The 2017 SMRI lX dates are above.  Remember, most motels close after October and will be open by mid April.  Please confirm your reservation.    Based upon attendee feedback, the event dates have been expanded and will always be Tuesday -> Saturday after Fathers Day.  Early arrivals may take time to visit Attractions before the scheduled events.      Click here for a map to locate Bryson City. 



Due to thre Rain the Thursday Parking Lot Party has been moved to  Morgan Park Pavilion

6 PM   Pavilion Drive & West Deep Creek Road             Shuttle service will be available from Gracey Manor


                      All proceeds from  SMRI events go to helping underprivileged children in the area.


To plan effectively, June 11 is the date  Register  when all registration and dinner sign ups need to be completed.  As time gets tight, please check back for updates both on this page and the Updates page.  Important items are flagged in red or green.

This year will mark the ninth anniversary for this event.  We need ride leaders and a ride coordinator.  Remember, we value your feedback to keep improving this event:  It is your event!  Use the email link below for comments or if you want to  volunteer to help run this event, press the Volunteer tab on top of page for more information

 * To register for the SMRI, and the events,  Click Here  

If you registered but are not listed on the attendance page as attending the  Parking lot party, Catered Barbecue or Ryan's and want to attend these event(s)  Click here

*To cancel your registration for the SMRI or the Parking Lot Party or Ryan's  Click Here

Scheduled rides for 2017Arrive at least 20 minutes before departure time.

The condensed schedule is below; click here for the detailed schedule. (all events subject to change & modifications)  events are being added


Tues, June 20 Opening day
"    Early Bird & Volunteer Organizational get-together and Cookout to be held at Steve's house 6:00 PM All Early Bird arrivals and all Volunteers, Ride leaders and interested volunteers are invited. Gary will Depart from Gracey Manor at 5:30 PM to lead ride to Steve's House at the Smoky Mountain Country Club. Please RSVP  at steve.vergo@att.net
Wed, June 21 Guided and Self Guided Rides TBA
  Gary's Ride
"                 "   Steves Ride         
Thurs, June 22 Guided and Self Guided Rides
)8888:30 am Richie will be leading Option #1 or #2 depending on what the majority or riders want.

Option # 1 Richie's Newcomer ride Very easy ride with newcomers in mind. Ride to Pete's Pancakes n Waffles in Cherokee for breakfast then ride to Smoky Mountain National Park to Clingmans Dome for site-seeing. Continue  through the park to the Foothills Parkway. Rest stop at Parkway than continue to rt 129 (the Dragon) The down hill route is much slower and easier. Back toward  Bryson city on 28 & 74.  Total Distance 160 miles

     9:00 am Option #2 Richie's Ride to Helen Ga.  Very Challenging Ride  on Wayah Rd - Not recommended for first time mountain riders!  Rt 74 to Wayah Rd to 64 W to rt 175/75 into Helen Ga. Have Lunch @ $ 30 for food. Leave Helen via Rt 75 to 75a thru back roads to rt 19 and north on 74 to Bryson City.
    6:00 PM          Parking Lot Party with Food (Hamburgers & Cheeseburgers, Hotdogs, Chili Dogs , Veggie Plates  - Various deserts  Donations Appreciated  , Raffles - Silent Auction Live Entertainment featuring "Black Top Laurel" Playing Bluegrass & Country Rock
Fri, June 23 Guided and Self Guided Rides
8:30 am Larry's ride to Mt Mitchell ( Long Ride)
8:30 AM  Jay's Ride- Mapped out a ride down the mountain on 28 to Hiawassee and the to Two Wheels in Suches for lunch, and then back to Bryson. Total mileage is around 210.  Long ride. To not conflict with other rides probably do it on Friday. Leave around 8:30??
66:00 PM

 Dinner at Morgan Pavilion Put on by the  Dept of Social Services featuring "Fry Bread" (similar to tacos) "Frye Bread is delicious.   It is sort of native to our area usually called “Indian Fry Bread”.    The base is bread that has been fried, then you put chili, cheese, lettuce, onion, salsa, and sour cream.   It is always a huge hit $ 10.00  a plate. Southern Cakewalk Contest, Live Entertainment

Sat June 24 Guided and Self Guided Rides
  Steve's Mountain Ride (details to follow)
"                  "  
"              " Farewell Dinner Ryan's Steak House


Additional rides are on the Updates page.   

A note on rides:  Gracey Manor is the meeting place to ride, but not all rides will have assigned leaders.  So that all may have time to enjoy the activities, we suggest that groups leave [kickstands up] by 9 AM [or earlier] to have afternoon downtime before the evening events.  Arrive 20 minutes before departure time.  Print out rides you want to take beforehand.

Welcome Visitor

Please use or contact Gary at (813) 601-2804 for further information or questions regarding the Smoky Mountain Ride In

Just a clarification on the name and purpose:  We do not want to get involved with insurance or other legal ramifications.  This is just a group of riders coming together, and if it becomes more than that, we will respectfully decline being involved in organizing a future event.  While this event supports a local children's charity, your participation is voluntary.  You are responsible for yourself, and the organizers assume no legal responsibilities.

*A note to entertainers and vendors:  If you are expecting to come here to make big money, this is not your event.  Everything is run by volunteers who receive no compensation.  If you want to volunteer, then contact us and your message will be routed accordingly.

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