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Third Annual GoldwingDocs Gathering - Sep 11-15, 2019

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:23 pm
by WingAdmin
The third annual GoldwingDocs Gathering is a go! This year it will be from Wednesday, September 11 to Sunday, September 15, 2019.

Planned in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Parkway and at the door of the Dragon, this year's Gathering will be based out of Maggie Valley, North Carolina. Our hotel is:

Maggie Valley Inn & Conference Centre
70 Soco Road
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
(828) 926-0201

Block of rooms are held under "GoldWingDocs" at $89 per night if staying 3 nights, otherwise $92.75 per night. Get a roomie and the rates become half. All rooms will be held until August 1st 2019, with 72 hour cancellation.

It's a fairly nice hotel, with a poolside tiki bar, restaurant, and bike parking:







Re: Third Annual GoldwingDocs Gathering - Sep 11-15, 2019

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:36 pm
by Metal Mangler
Thanks for the info.

Re: Third Annual GoldwingDocs Gathering - Sep 11-15, 2019

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:31 pm
by jbaviera
Thanks for the update!

Re: Third Annual GoldwingDocs Gathering - Sep 11-15, 2019

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:57 am
by thecruiser
"Block of rooms are held under "GoldWingDocs" at $89 per night if staying 3 nights, otherwise $92.75 per night. Get a roomie and the rates become half. All rooms will be held until August 1st 2019, with 72 hour cancellation."

Sept 11th to Sun the 15th,... Wouldn't that be four-nights? Would the rate be $89/night if we stay more than three nights?

Re: Third Annual GoldwingDocs Gathering - Sep 11-15, 2019

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:10 am
by Metal Mangler
Already booked my room. Counting the days.

Re: Third Annual GoldwingDocs Gathering - Sep 11-15, 2019

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:24 am
by BlueThunder
thecruiser wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:57 am
"Block of rooms are held under "GoldWingDocs" at $89 per night if staying 3 nights, otherwise $92.75 per night. Get a roomie and the rates become half. All rooms will be held until August 1st 2019, with 72 hour cancellation."

Sept 11th to Sun the 15th,... Wouldn't that be four-nights? Would the rate be $89/night if we stay more than three nights?
Wed. Thurs, Fri, Sat - 4 nights. If you stay 3 or more nights, that is you arrive no later than Thurs, the rate is $89/night.

Re: Third Annual GoldwingDocs Gathering - Sep 11-15, 2019

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:26 am
by BlueThunder
Thanks Scott for making the sticky. Routes will be posted in the coming weeks. Suggestions?

Re: Third Annual GoldwingDocs Gathering - Sep 11-15, 2019

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:24 am
by DougEFresh1123
Bummer, we won't be able to make it to this one. :(

The week before we are heading down to Shreveport LA to see the "arrival" of our second grandchild :D :D :D. Technically the baby will enter the world towards the end of June but we can't go down there until the beginning of September.

I don't think my boss will let me take of the first two weeks of the month, just the way life is when you're an accountant. People like to see how the business is performing as soon as possible :o

Enjoy the trip and look forward to seeing the pictures.

Re: Third Annual GoldwingDocs Gathering - Sep 11-15, 2019

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:07 pm
by MiWinger51
Now that the venue has been set I will get to work on routes using Honda Trip Planner. Starting location will be the motel with rides to the Tail of the Dragon, Little Switzerland, and Wheels Thru Time Museum. If anyone has particular roads that should be incorporated into routes now is the time to request them. September will come before you know it.

Re: Third Annual GoldwingDocs Gathering - Sep 11-15, 2019

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:45 am
by MiWinger51
Bluethunder (Brian) and I have been working on routes for the 3rd Gathering. I have completed a route that leaves the Motel, goes to Fontana Dam, then on to the Tail of the Dragon. The route then continues to Gatlinburg and back to the the motel along Rte 441 and the Blue Ridge Parkway. The total loop is about 190 miles. I have also made a route that explores the Smoky Mountain Nat Park north of Maggie Valley. It is a bit shorter at approximately 130 miles. Brian has made a route to Little Switzerland and is working on the route back to the Motel. He also has a 2 part route that goes south from Maggie Valley into Georgia and returns. Our plan is to offer numerous route of varying lengths and technical difficulties. When we have them completed we will get them posted so that everyone can open them in Honda Trip Planner and give everyone a chance to look them over and decide which ones you would like to ride. I think that the 3rd Gathering is going to be the best so far. If you haven't penciled it in on your calendar you should really consider joining us for some on the best riding east of the Mississippi.

Re: Third Annual GoldwingDocs Gathering - Sep 11-15, 2019

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:06 am
by Wingsconsin
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Maggie+ ... !3e0?hl=en

There are so many good roads to ride -- not possible to to do them all in one weekend --

Highlights -- Moonshiner Hy 28
Cherhola Skyway
Hy 215 is a seldom noticed ride -- but worth it !
Just a few that I have been on -
Of course the Dragons Tail ;)

Re: Third Annual GoldwingDocs Gathering - Sep 11-15, 2019

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:58 pm
by BlueThunder
Wingsconsin wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:06 am
There are so many good roads to ride -- not possible to to do them all in one weekend --

Highlights -- Moonshiner Hy 28
Cherhola Skyway
Hy 215 is a seldom noticed ride -- but worth it !
Just a few that I have been on -
Of course the Dragons Tail ;)
The Cherhola Skyway is pretty much ruled out (shame) due to the distance from Maggie Valley. It was too difficult to work in Tail of the Dragaon, Fontana Dam and the Skyway in one ride. The Skyway is definitely for another day.

Hwy 215 and Hwy 28 have been included in a ride and agree that they are must rides!

Re: Third Annual GoldwingDocs Gathering - Sep 11-15, 2019

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:07 pm
by Wingsconsin
Like I said ... too many good roads to do in just a few days.
I have been there 4 times already in the past 7+/- years -- and still much to see and do

Re: Third Annual GoldwingDocs Gathering - Sep 11-15, 2019

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:27 pm
by BlueThunder
I'm booked! Don't wait till the last moment... rooms fill fast here.

Re: Third Annual GoldwingDocs Gathering - Sep 11-15, 2019

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:46 pm
by DETOUR22
Just made my reservation arriving Wed 11SEP19 departing Sun 15SEP19. C U there.

Mark

Re: Third Annual GoldwingDocs Gathering - Sep 11-15, 2019

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:17 pm
by jbaviera
Made my reservations! 11-15 Sep!

Re: Third Annual GoldwingDocs Gathering - Sep 11-15, 2019

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:27 pm
by johnnyco
North Carolina annual Wings Over Smokies happening Sept 26-28 if still in area after attending Goldwing Docs gathering... http://www.gwrranc.org/index_files/WOS.htm

Only about 6 miles from Maggie Valley, NC. Enjoy more mountain riding with guided rides or on your own.

Re: Third Annual GoldwingDocs Gathering - Sep 11-15, 2019

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:13 am
by keithg64
I have not booked my room yet but to get the discount it looks like we need to call.

Re: Third Annual GoldwingDocs Gathering - Sep 11-15, 2019

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:23 am
by hebert3007
MiWinger51 wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:07 pm
Now that the venue has been set I will get to work on routes using Honda Trip Planner. Starting location will be the motel with rides to the Tail of the Dragon, Little Switzerland, and Wheels Thru Time Museum. If anyone has particular roads that should be incorporated into routes now is the time to request them. September will come before you know it.
Al are you planning to leave on the morning of sep.11 from Flint and leaving NC on morning of the sep.15? hope to go this year Bernie ,if you would like ph. 989 892 7526 from down town quanicassee

Re: Third Annual GoldwingDocs Gathering - Sep 11-15, 2019

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:50 am
by BlueThunder
Just an update...
Al and I have worked out some very nice routes which will be available in a GPX file format. This will prevent attendees from getting lost - assuming they use a GPS. :o

Re: Third Annual GoldwingDocs Gathering - Sep 11-15, 2019

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:07 pm
by jbaviera
Hopefully, none of them has an "off road" adventure! ;)

Re: Third Annual GoldwingDocs Gathering - Sep 11-15, 2019

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:10 am
by BlueThunder
jbaviera wrote:
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:07 pm
Hopefully, none of them has an "off road" adventure! ;)
Ha! Al and I sorted what caused that error 8-)

Re: Third Annual GoldwingDocs Gathering - Sep 11-15, 2019

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:27 pm
by BPMJim
Just made my reservation arriving Sept. 11 late afternoon and checking out early Sept. 15. Looking forward to seeing the gang again. Thanks to all who put work into organizing this event. Looks like it will be the best yet. Will be posting my route in a later email if anyone wants to ride with me part of the way.

Re: Third Annual GoldwingDocs Gathering - Sep 11-15, 2019

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:00 pm
by jbaviera
BlueThunder wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:10 am
jbaviera wrote:
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:07 pm
Hopefully, none of them has an "off road" adventure! ;)
Ha! Al and I sorted what caused that error 8-)
Sorry Brian, but I couldn't resist!

Re: Third Annual GoldwingDocs Gathering - Sep 11-15, 2019

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:26 am
by mkohlman
Will you be allowing any vendors at the gathering? I live in nearby Knoxville, TN and am a vendor at most GWRRA rallies east of the Mississippi. Many members have our 6x10 stock and custom motorcycle flags made for Gold Wing antennas and flagpoles.