I have been to two Dragons thus far.
First time (2012) I stayed at the Microtel in Robertsville (about 30-40 min from Fontana Village
Last year (2013) I stayed at Fontana Village. (This is where everything starts from and where most folks stay)
I would STRONGLY suggest staying at Fontana, you get a much better experience and meet more people during the "down" time.
I've been to the OTD 3years and intend to be there this year as well. Fontana has a lodge, cabins and campground, I've done the lodge twice and the campground once. Fontana is definitely the way to go for the whole experience, Robbinsville might be cheaper but it is far enough away to cause you to miss some of the fun (or sleep). You'll want to take some of the planned outings for sure, I'm partial to the 2 caves nearby. The scenic rides are great, you could spend the day just driving through the beautiful locale. The 'Dragon itself is a test of your driving skill, don't forget to smile for the photogs as you go through it.
I've been three time. Twice with my hubby and we camped at Fontana's campground. This last year I went with a fellow smartie and stayed at the lodge. I enjoyed both tea. I also recommend staying at Fontana so you can experience the whole thing including The Mad Wrapper.
Speed limit for the dragon is 35 mph, one lane each direction. As long as you don't overspeed your driving skills it's fun to drive. Yes there has been some deaths but from what I've read they've been motorcyclists doing speed runs. I've been driving for 48 years and would say this is the most fun road I've driven on but don't consider it treacherous under normal conditions. Granted there's a little risk but that's true in life isn't it?
Have you joined our Facebook page yet.. that's where all the most up to date info is posted. And yes the official page will be up soon and registration will start the beginning of April.
Registration is normally $30 (single) and $45 (driver & passenger) and includes 2 dinners, a goodie bag, and other misc stuffs, as well as help with our overhead (such as the pavilion rental and group pictures).
We also offer bagged lunches and t-shirts for additional costs, but all that will be on the website soon.
Alison (one of the great and powerful organizers )
Don't worry... Once we get registration up I will be starting a new thread with all the information that is needed, and will answer any questions that anyone has. You can either reply to this thread, the new one (once I post it), or send me a PM.
We'll make sure you get the information one way or another.
Ok everyone... Here it is... the official thread for OTD. Here is where I will be posting all the information that you need and may want for OTD 2014. You can also post any questions you have and I will respond to them as soon as I get a chance.
OKAY BOYS AND GIRLS!!! REGISTRATION IS...
We folks who aren't there would love to see photos/videos as available. We understand that connectivity in the slums of Fontana is limited, and some such may not be possible until your return to civilization.
I thought I'd start a thread for folks to post their "made it home" notes.
Made it back to Michigan, safe and sound. Betty's back in Orlando.
This was an awesome event.
Thanks to all who attended, and especially the organizer team, and Dr. Killer Bee for organizing a great rally...
For those that are joining us on the run to the Dirty John Range on Friday morning, please remember to bring eyes and ears for use at the range. Also, please remember to bring your own ammunition as I don't know the local status in reference to availability and price. Personally I'm just...