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STO National 2014 - ANNOUNCEMENT
« on: December 06, 2013, 11:51:16 AM »
Tuesday & Wednesday June 17 & 18, 2014

The Maggie Valley Inn and Conference Center
70 Soco Road
Maggie Valley NC 28751
Phone: 866-926-0201

Group rate is $75/night + 11% tax for Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday nights.
June 18th is start of Methodist conference at Lake Junaluska, so hotel rates will go up Thursday.

When you call, tell them you want the “Sport-Touring” motorcycle group rate.
Deposit required – 1st night will charged immediately to your credit card when you make a reservation.
Cancellation policy for a full refund is 72 hours before date of arrival or you will be charged for one night.
They will hold a block of rooms at the group rate until April 1.

They have 100 rooms with an onsite restaurant, lounge and poolside tiki bar.  Complimentary morning coffee & juice is offered.  Covered motorcycle parking is available and they provide free towels and water to clean your bike at their on-site Maggie Valley Motorcycle Welcome Center.  There is ample paved parking that will accommodate trailers.  The BP Gas Station is next door as well. 

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I [originally] posted on the other side, just cause I don't know if all of us are here yet, and I met a lot of good friends there.  Don't hate me for it - just turn your audio off before you click the link if the ads are a problem - I haven't seen what folks are complaining about yet.

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Re: STN National 2014
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2013, 11:57:30 AM »
Dictators get shit done.   :naughty:

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Re: STN National 2014
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2013, 08:25:02 AM »
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Re: STN National 2014
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2013, 09:48:26 AM »
all hail the great national meet dictator!

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Re: STN National 2014
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2013, 12:57:15 PM »
Meh---no dictator needed. Just a critical mass of people (which is, what...4 or 5?) saying "I'll see you in Maggie Valley on June 16th." Seems when we have dictators, half the people do what the hell they want anyway.  :lol:

There are about 26 hotels listed in TripAdvisor, all within a couple miles of each other along Rt.19:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g49313-Maggie_Valley_North_Carolina-Hotels.html#MAPVIEW

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Re: STN National 2014
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2013, 02:42:19 PM »
Meh---no dictator needed. Just a critical mass of people (which is, what...4 or 5?) saying "I'll see you in Maggie Valley on June 16th." Seems when we have dictators, half the people do what the hell they want anyway.  :lol:


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Re: STN National 2014
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2013, 12:18:07 PM »
The location of the 1st STO National Meet will be announced shortly.  If you want to hold it somewhere else, just let me know.  I'll ride anywhere to tell lies & drink beer.

In the meantime, I have set up a poll over at STN to measure public acceptance.  I have not confirmed the booking details yet, so please do NOT try to make a reservation just yet. 

I decided a poll would be the most democratic way to offer the group a choice.  It has been well established that a plebiscite is the best way to measure the true opinion of the people. 

In all reality, I did some checking.  I limited my search to motels with 35+ rooms.  Do I need to explain why?  There’s camping in the area, but I did not find a suitable place that offered both.  Speak up if you know about one. 

This is the best option I came up with.  Before somebody tells me that they stayed here last week for $49/night and we should get a better rate, or there are 29 other better places within sight, keep in mind that the Methodist conference at Lake Junaluska starts June 18th, so motel rates in Maggie Valley almost double that week.  Half the places never returned my call.  Another one gave me a rather untenable rate; obviously not interested.

If the rate is an issue for you, there are 2 other motels virtually within walking distance that you can try.  They also might have a more liberal cancellation policy.  Neither fit my criteria.  Just sayin'
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Re: STN National 2014
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2013, 09:39:40 AM »
Skee, you are the man! :thumbsup:

I went to the first ST.N National in 2003, well attended, and I plan on attending the first ST.O National.
IMHO, National meets are like sex, the first is the best.  (ok, at least the most anticipated.)

Here's the kicker, it falls on my birthday... :beerchug:
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Re: STN National 2014
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2013, 07:22:52 AM »
Skee, you are the man! :thumbsup:

I went to the first ST.N National in 2003, well attended, and I plan on attending the first ST.O National.
IMHO, National meets are like sex, the first is the best.  (ok, at least the most anticipated.)

Here's the kicker, it falls on my birthday... :beerchug:
If you don't show up this year you will hurt my feelings, you know how sensitive I am  :twofinger:
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Re: STN National 2014
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2013, 08:15:37 AM »
I've never been to a national so I'd like to make this my very first.

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Re: STN National 2014
« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2013, 03:57:04 PM »
If you don't show up this year you will hurt my feelings, you know how sensitive I am  :twofinger:

I'll do my best making this one.
Oh, and I didn't forget, it's my turn to buy breakfast... :augie:

I've never been to a national so I'd like to make this my very first.
Marc, it would be nice if you could make it.  :thumbsup:
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Re: STN National 2014
« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2013, 06:34:53 PM »
Me? Really? Aw.. shucks.

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Re: STN National 2014
« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2013, 06:55:21 PM »
I would love to see this area of the country one of these days, even more so on 2 wheels, but I can't see making this one.   :'(
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Re: STN National 2014
« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2013, 06:36:32 AM »
Me? Really? Aw.. shucks.

Yep, you too.

But in all reality Marc you have to attend, no and if or buts about it, your " The Skipper!
(It's kind of a unwritten law attending the first National.)
 
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Re: STN National 2014
« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2013, 08:25:20 AM »
I was just over at ST.N and the only thing I found was one topic about the 2014 event. Feel free to put a link to the poll here. I don't have a problem linking to ST.N because it's about the people, not the place.

EDIT: Disregard. The link didn't show up on my iPad.

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Re: STN National 2014
« Reply #15 on: December 28, 2013, 09:20:50 AM »
Dictators get shit done.   :naughty:
:chili: :banana: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: yes they do!!

Thanks Skee for being the Leader of this event.
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Re: STO National 2014 - ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #16 on: December 28, 2013, 09:48:00 AM »
I'm going to need help with the t-shirt...

...but I know someone who has already produced a winner!
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Re: STO National 2014 - ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #17 on: December 28, 2013, 10:38:22 AM »
Winner Winner Chicken dinner.
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« Reply #18 on: December 28, 2013, 11:29:54 AM »
Winner Winner Chicken dinner. BBQ  FTFY
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Re: STO National 2014 - ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #19 on: December 28, 2013, 02:34:25 PM »
I'm going to need help with the t-shirt...

...but I know someone who has already produced a winner!
If you need help I can offer my modest talents to design if I can think of a theme( I have a few ideas) let me know, I'd be glad to shop something up and send it to you.
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Re: STO National 2014 - ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #20 on: December 30, 2013, 12:55:51 AM »
I'm going to need help with the t-shirt...

...but I know someone who has already produced a winner!
If you need help I can offer my modest talents to design if I can think of a theme( I have a few ideas) let me know, I'd be glad to shop something up and send it to you.


STO  DNA  Just a thought.
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Re: STO National 2014 - ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #21 on: December 30, 2013, 09:10:45 AM »
STO, Dragon DNA, make the strands morph into a road halfway down ( twisty Helix anyone?)maybe fit a dragon or dragon head into the center
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« Reply #22 on: December 30, 2013, 07:33:08 PM »
DNA was done at the 06 national.  Dragon DNA....now that's another story.

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Re: STO National 2014 - ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #23 on: January 09, 2014, 11:44:12 AM »
So, when marking my calendar for this event, do I put "STO National" or "STN National?"

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« Reply #24 on: January 09, 2014, 11:51:15 AM »
What's STN?

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« Reply #25 on: January 09, 2014, 12:56:23 PM »
So, when marking my calendar for this event, do I put "STO National" or "STN National?"

 :headscratch:

Stational.  Or Stashional, depending on what you're bringing. 8)

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« Reply #26 on: January 09, 2014, 01:00:49 PM »

Stational.  Or Stashional, depending on what you're bringing. 8)


First, this isn't Colorado.  And two, shouldn't you be out riding and working on your ride report!? 


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« Reply #27 on: January 09, 2014, 06:21:10 PM »
So, when marking my calendar for this event, do I put "STO National" or "STN National?"

 :headscratch:

Just draw a dragon with a dotted line on a twisty tail; you'll know what it means.
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Re: STO National 2014 - ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #28 on: January 11, 2014, 11:58:40 AM »
Room Booked!

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Re: STO National 2014 - ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #29 on: January 11, 2014, 06:10:36 PM »
Rooms Booked!

 :beerchug:


Edit... All of my rooms have been booked. 


Maggie Valley is only 3 hours from my house.  So, I've decided to take 3 days to get there! 

Sat:  Home to Seneca, SC
Sun:  Seneca, SC to Deals Gap
Mon and Tues:  Deals Gap to Maggie Valley for 2 nights
Wed:  Go home.

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Re: STO National 2014 - ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #30 on: January 11, 2014, 08:35:52 PM »
Just curious why Maggie Valley rather than Robbinsville? I mean, I like Maggie Valley; my first trip the dragon was home-based there. But Robbinsville, et al, seems closer to the better twisties and is overall more bike-favorable, I'd think.

Either way, it's my intention for us to be there.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: STO National 2014 - ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #31 on: January 11, 2014, 08:37:50 PM »
Just curious why Maggie Valley rather than Robbinsville? I mean, I like Maggie Valley; my first trip the dragon was home-based there. But Robbinsville, et al, seems closer to the better twisties and is overall more bike-favorable, I'd think.

Either way, it's my intention for us to be there.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

You should have stayed out longer at the bar tonight.   :twofinger: :lol:
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« Reply #32 on: January 11, 2014, 08:39:54 PM »
Just curious why Maggie Valley rather than Robbinsville? I mean, I like Maggie Valley; my first trip the dragon was home-based there. But Robbinsville, et al, seems closer to the better twisties and is overall more bike-favorable, I'd think.

Either way, it's my intention for us to be there.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


You should have stayed out longer at the bar tonight.   :twofinger: :lol:


I'm old, and at $3 a drink for anything in the house, it's pretty easy to get your fill for like $20.  :bigok:

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Re: STO National 2014 - ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #33 on: January 11, 2014, 08:56:46 PM »
Maggie Valley is only 3 hours from my house.  So, I've decided to take 3 days to get there! 

Bite me.

Day 1: Jefferson City, MO --> Nashville, TN (6/15)
Day 2: Nashville, TN -- > Maggie Valley, NC (6/16)
Day 3: Maggie Valley, NC (6/17)
Day 4: Maggie Valley, NC (6/18)
Day 5: Maggie Valley, NC (6/19)
Day 6: Maggie Valley --> Columbus, OH (6/20)
Day 7: Columbus, OH --> Holland, MI (6/21)
Day 8: Holland, MI (6/22)
Day 9: Holland, MI --> Chicago, IL (6/23)
Day 10: Chicago, IL --> Jefferson City, MO (6/24)

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Re: STO National 2014 - ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #34 on: January 11, 2014, 08:59:24 PM »
Hey look, it's going to take you three days to get there too.   :P
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« Reply #35 on: January 11, 2014, 09:02:13 PM »
I wanna go... where are we going?
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« Reply #36 on: January 12, 2014, 09:23:08 AM »
Well my time off request was approved,  :chili: :chili: :chili: now to book rooms!!!

( same for the spring meet) :bigsmile: :bigsmile:
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Re: STO National 2014 - ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #37 on: January 13, 2014, 01:06:05 PM »
I'm booked Monday through Wednesday. I'm thinking 2 days there and 4 days back.

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« Reply #38 on: January 13, 2014, 06:03:22 PM »
Just curious why Maggie Valley rather than Robbinsville? I mean, I like Maggie Valley; my first trip the dragon was home-based there. But Robbinsville, et al, seems closer to the better twisties and is overall more bike-favorable, I'd think.

Either way, it's my intention for us to be there.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


Largely a matter of name recognition.   (And dare I say it in this crowd; proximity to the slab.)

There were a several other locations mentioned, although I don't recall discussing Robinsville specifically.    Without exception, Maggie Valley always got the nod.   If Maggie Valley is what folks want; why not? 

Between you and me, what's the difference?  A relatively enjoyable hour in the saddle?

Which bar?  I'll be glad to discuss it ad nausium as long as there's cold beer.  ;D
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Re: STO National 2014 - ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #39 on: January 16, 2014, 10:59:21 AM »
Well I am in , mon,teu, wed.Note to all, you may have to be a tad persistant to get the reservations folks right now, the restaurant answered, and I was disconnected( unintentionally) twice. I wound up just doing it the old fashioned way....on line :lol:
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Re: STO National 2014 - ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #40 on: January 16, 2014, 11:14:53 AM »
Just curious why Maggie Valley rather than Robbinsville? I mean, I like Maggie Valley; my first trip the dragon was home-based there. But Robbinsville, et al, seems closer to the better twisties and is overall more bike-favorable, I'd think.

Either way, it's my intention for us to be there.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

I'm not a drinker so it makes no nevermind to me but I'm fairly sure that Robbinsville is dry which might be an issue for the lushes in the crowd.  Can't go wrong anywhere down there from a location perspective.
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« Reply #41 on: January 16, 2014, 01:32:00 PM »
Will probably skip this one -- been to Maggie Valley last two years in a row for RoadRunner. 

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« Reply #42 on: January 17, 2014, 01:43:03 PM »
Ain't we good'nuff 4ya or what?
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Re: STO National 2014 - ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #43 on: January 17, 2014, 02:04:14 PM »
Ain't we good'nuff 4ya or what?

Meh.  8)

But seriously, Tammy still works and has 'x' number of vacation days available.  We're doing the Spring Meet at Hawk's Nest, planning on a jaunt down to Key West almost immediately after that in early May, and then riding to the RoadRunner Touring Weekend at Snowshoe in July.  We really enjoyed our year's end fly-n-ride out to NV & CA and want to do something like that again near the end of this year.  Kinda like Doug touched on in his "Motivation" thread, sometimes the pond feels a little fished out and that's how we feel about Maggie Valley right now.

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Re: STO National 2014 - ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #44 on: January 22, 2014, 02:05:24 PM »
Just curious why Maggie Valley rather than Robbinsville? I mean, I like Maggie Valley; my first trip the dragon was home-based there. But Robbinsville, et al, seems closer to the better twisties and is overall more bike-favorable, I'd think.

Either way, it's my intention for us to be there.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


Largely a matter of name recognition.   (And dare I say it in this crowd; proximity to the slab.)

There were a several other locations mentioned, although I don't recall discussing Robinsville specifically.    Without exception, Maggie Valley always got the nod.   If Maggie Valley is what folks want; why not? 

Between you and me, what's the difference?  A relatively enjoyable hour in the saddle?

Which bar?  I'll be glad to discuss it ad nausium as long as there's cold beer.  ;D

Oh, I like Maggie Valley. Been there a number of times, and other than the ride through Cherokee (which is a complete and utter shit hole) the riding all around is very nice.  :thumbsup:

Probably the *only* reasons I'd choose Robbinsville over it are the immediate proximity to the Dragon and to Wheeler's.

I'm in.  :thumbsup:
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Re: STO National 2014 - ANNOUNCEMENT
« Reply #45 on: January 22, 2014, 03:55:23 PM »


Oh, I like Maggie Valley. Been there a number of times, and other than the ride through Cherokee (which is a complete and utter shit hole) the riding all around is very nice.  :thumbsup:

Probably the *only* reasons I'd choose Robbinsville over it are the immediate proximity to the Dragon and to Wheeler's.

I'm in.  :thumbsup:
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So do you have the trailer all tuned up and ready to go?   :twofinger:  Just kidding Chris, looking forward to having a beer with you again.   :beerchug:

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« Reply #46 on: January 22, 2014, 04:25:20 PM »

So do you have the trailer all tuned up and ready to go?   :twofinger:  Just kidding Chris, looking forward to having a beer with you again.   :beerchug:

That was... something.  :facepalm:

I will admit, I'm not looking forward to throwing away half my tire life just getting there and back, so the ride down and back *HAS* to be awesome to make up for it.  :bigok:
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« Reply #47 on: January 25, 2014, 08:24:41 AM »

So do you have the trailer all tuned up and ready to go?   :twofinger:  Just kidding Chris, looking forward to having a beer with you again.   :beerchug:

That was... something.  :facepalm:

I will admit, I'm not looking forward to throwing away half my tire life just getting there and back, so the ride down and back *HAS* to be awesome to make up for it.  :bigok:


I hear you Chris. I have actually been thinking of throwing the bike in the truck and unloading half way through Ohio. It's 2 hours of slab just for me to get out of MI.

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« Reply #48 on: January 25, 2014, 08:45:59 AM »
You won't hear me giving you a hard time about it. If I want to get to the dragon without taking three days, I have to slab at least some. And i81 is a soul sucking piece of hell on earth.

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« Reply #49 on: January 25, 2014, 09:04:31 AM »
Trucking &/or trailering is fine by me too. Just like riding in the rain. I don't think that any of us here have anything to prove anymore. One of the reasons I sold my big BMW tour rig is because I found it more convenient, comfortable, fun & relaxing to just throw a bike in the truck when I go to Maine. I think, for me, anything longer than a 10-12 hour ride from now on goes in a truck or trailer.
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