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June 17 - 21, 2014, Bryson City, NC:  SMRI VI

  Last website update:  18-Jun-2014

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The 2014 SMRI VI 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. 

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


To plan effectively, June 15 is the date  Register Now which 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 sixth 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, Fish fry or Ryans and want to attend these event(s) Click here

*To cancel your registration for the SMRI or the Parking Lot Party or Ryans  Click Here

Scheduled rides for 2014Arrive at least 20 minutes before departure time.

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

 Day  Event, Location & Time
Tues, June 17 Unsupervised rides
"                 " SMRI Volunteers including Ride leaders and interested volunteers are invited to a get together  cookout and organization meeting  at  Steve's House at the Smoky Mountain Country Club 5:30 PM .  Gary will Depart from Gracey Manor at 5:00 PM to lead ride to Steve's House  Please RSVP   steve.vergo@att.net
Wed, June 18 Guided ride to Ducktown Copper basin Museum www.ducktownbasinmuseum.com and Lunch in town  9 am. Unsupervised rides also
"                 " Wed Eve - Ice Cream Social at Boxcar Café and  Cones - time 7 PM
Thurs, June 19 Supervised rides  9 am  Steve will lead a guided ride to Mingo Falls in Cherokee Reservation and to Socco falls. Part of the route will travel through parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Lunch will be at Sylva or Cherokee depending on time . Arrive back by 2:00 PM

Richie's Ride to Helen Ga - "I plan to ride to Helen, GA probably on Thurs. Wed if the weather reports favor that...I am flexible.@ 2hrs to get there... time to look around in the shops... Lunch at a German Rest. Old Bavaria Inn or Hofbrauhouse (but there are others) then @ 2 hrs back. Not more than 200 miles round trip. Limit six riders.  Leave by 9am - 

  "Lady's Day Out"  Gary's wife Gayle will be Hosting a "Lady's Day Out" for shopping and lunch for the Ladies that don't ride or would like to take a day off from riding. Meeting at Gracey Manor Motel. 9.00 AM
"                  " Fish Fry  (Morgan Park )  $10.00 Donation & Horseshoe tournament time 6 PM
Fri, June 20 Guided rides  9 am Tommy Taylor will lead a ride to Harrah's Cherokee Casino for an hour or two layover, then to The Apple Barn Restaurant in Sevierville, Tenn for lunch. After lunch - return back to Bryson City with return time around 3:00 P.M.                  
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Donnie's Ride -Ride Summary .... Depart Bryson City and head down Highway 74 to Wayah Road. Take Wayah road over to Nantahala Lake and then wind our way along Wayah Road that will eventually dump us out on to Highway 64. From there it's down Highway 64 to Highway 175 taking us into Georgia. Continue on Highway 76/2 eventually hitting War Woman Road (very fun road) for the run back over to Highway 28. From there it's south on Highway 28 into Walhalla, SC and then back up to have lunch at Aunt Sue's Country Store on Highway 11 (Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway). After Lunch it's back up Highway 178 and then Highway 215 getting us back into North Carolina and eventually hooking up to the last portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway taking it back into the Smoke Mountain Park and then drop back down into Bryson City with a big smile on our faces.  (Note: this is a fast pace ride, see "Routes" section for more details! Kickstands Up at 9am at the latest!

"              " Parking Lot Welcome Party Donations accepted (Gracey Manor) time 6pm Entertainment "Running Wolf Band" starts at 7:00 PM. Silent Auction time 6 to 8:30 pm
Sat June 21 Shorty will lead Guided ride to Hot Springs  9 am 
"                  " Steve will lead a Guided Ride  Route TBD 9am
"              " Departure Dinner at  Ryan's Steak House, Sylva NC   time 6 PM

Planning Stage - for the ladies "Ladies Day Out" to go shopping at thrift and antique stores and stopping for lunch on two different days TBD

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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