In 2016 The Villages MINI Cooper Club has eight (8) cars in route to Fontana Village to enjoy several days of motoring fellowship with fellow “MINIaics” at MINIs On The Dragon (MOTD). We’ll be driving the Tail of the Dragon as well as many of the other scenic drives offered in western North Carolina. Like last year, I will be posting a daily update from the day’s festivities.
This year, with the help of Ken Bornstein, our cars will be sporting this nifty Villages MINI Cooper Club logo. Thanks Ken!
All the Villagers arrived in Fontana Village safe and sound and checked in for the event. Shopping at the local supermarket included some items not easily found at Publix (see photo).
Tomorrow our group is breaking off from the organized drives for our our own Villages Club drive on the senic Cherohala Skyway. Should be a beautiful drive and some great photos weather permitting.
Rain was forecast for today but our group met in Robbinsville and decided to press on with our trip to Tellico Plains via the Cherohala Skyway.
It was a good thing we did as it turned out to be a glorious day. Near the North Carolina/ Tennessee boarder the road reaches an elevation of 5400 feet. A bit chilly with the tops down but we managed.
Next it was on to the Dragon. We stopped part way for another breathtaking view.
Last stop, Deals Gap to pick up some bling for the cars before heading back to Fontana Village via the route called “The Hellbender”.
Our group, now known in MINI circles as “Jane’s Group” went our separate ways today. Karl and Kathleen went sightseeing in Asheville while Bob and Jane made a run to Waynesville.
For dinner “Jane’s Group” all assembled at the cabin The Caseys and Longs were sharing in Almond, NC for dinner and S’mores. A great night.
Everyone was missing Rhonda at dinner but we did pick up an unexpected couple when Diana & Mike joined us so we are now nine cars strong at MOTD.
Weather permitting we’ll drive the Cherohala Skyway & the Dragon tomorrow. Otherwise some of us are going to board the Great Smoky Mountain Railway. Meanwhile here’s a photo of our cigar smokers at the MINI Skirts Dance Party
Note our temporary mascot Kalliope the Service Dog. Great run on the Dragon and several newly minted “Drsgon Slayers”
Had a great lunch along the Cherohala Skyway where Jane befriends another MINI driver who recommended a side trip to Bald River Falls. Beautiful.
Scott and Margaurite lead a terrific tour to visit the Dry Falls
and great lunch at The Bistro on Main in Highlands, NC.
But the evening would not have been complete without the song stylings of Scott at MOTD Karaoke night