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    MOA Getaway - Fontana, North Carolina -- April 20-22, 2018

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    Registration Is Open!

    Registration is now open for all the 2018 MOA Getaways. First up will be Fontana (AKA Funtana) is first up on the list. Check out the details for all the great locations this year. https://bmwmoaf.regfox.com/moagetaway18 and be sure to click the link below each picture for complete details on the event and how to register for your lodging. Register early as this one always sells out! See ya in the mountains!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 20774 View Post
    Information about this event can be found at:

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    Hi Folks... new-ish member here. This will be my first Getaway. I am travelling from Wilmington, NC headed out Thursday (for a little extra riding). I'm looking forward to meeting some folks and getting in some riding. I'm planning on staying in Little Switzerland, NC Thursday night. If anyone is interested in riding up with me, please let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roy_reuter View Post
    Hi Folks... new-ish member here. This will be my first Getaway. I am travelling from Wilmington, NC headed out Thursday (for a little extra riding). I'm looking forward to meeting some folks and getting in some riding. I'm planning on staying in Little Switzerland, NC Thursday night. If anyone is interested in riding up with me, please let me know.
    Hello Roy, great to hear you will be at Fontana. This will be the fifth year for this one and it seems to get better every year. Ride safe and I look forward to seeing you there!
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    Roy, make sure you introduce yourself. I always look forward to meeting and talking to new members at their first Getaway. Your first beer is on me. Iíll be getting in Thursday night staying at the lodge. I look like this guy.

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    I live in Windsor, Ontario. That is just south of( yes, south!) Detroit.
    I intend to be at the Fontana gateway. Is my first, will ride alone, as far I know
    nobody is willing to go that way just yet. Am not sure what these gateways are all about,
    I don't know what to be prepared for, and any help is much more than appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by roy_reuter View Post
    I'm planning on staying in Little Switzerland, NC Thursday night. If anyone is interested in riding up with me, please let me know.
    Hi Roy - I'm coming down from Massachusetts through Hendersonville, NC. I expect to be at Fontana a bit earlier than you. If you're planning to come down the BRP from Little Switzerland you should know that the Linn Cove Viaduct is going to be closed for a couple of months. Also, there may be other closures in the mid-April time period too. You can always check at this URL: https://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/maps.htm

    Once in Fontana, you'll have a fine time riding the roads and also with the BMW MOA Crew. You've heard from "Mr. Party!" Reece Mullins. Our pal Chris Wilhelm will be coming down from Michigan. Look for me in this disguise and I'll buy your second beer:

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    Quote Originally Posted by temesvar View Post
    Am not sure what these gateways are all about,
    I don't know what to be prepared for, and any help is much more than appreciated!
    Hi temesvar - You are going to have a great time at the Fontana Getaway! Friendly people, great roads on which to ride, gorgeous scenery, and some mighty good food. Nothing not to like.

    Considering possible routes, the logical and probably fastest way to Fontana Village will bring you from Windsor down to Knoxville, TN on major routes, and then the last few miles will be the most interesting. US129 includes the "Tail of the Dragon." You'll probably be there on a weekday which will make the transit of those 11 miles more benign. Nonetheless, it'll be fun.

    Again, you'll have a great time!

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    Ever the consummate Ambassador of good will, is our kind and humble John Gamel. Iím looking forward to seeing my old friends again, and making some new ones. Please ride safe everyone coming to the getaway. We are going to have some fun.
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    Hello temesvar: I live just south of Lansing Michigan (north west of Detroit and Windsor) and will also be traveling to the Fontana Getaway. It will be my first one. I bought my 2017 RT at the end of August last year and was not able to get much other than a ride to the UP on it before winter came. You can PM me with your plans for the trip, we may be able to connect up somewhere along the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExGMan View Post
    Hi temesvar - You are going to have a great time at the Fontana Getaway! Friendly people, great roads on which to ride, gorgeous scenery, and some mighty good food. Nothing not to like.

    Considering possible routes, the logical and probably fastest way to Fontana Village will bring you from Windsor down to Knoxville, TN on major routes, and then the last few miles will be the most interesting. US129 includes the "Tail of the Dragon." You'll probably be there on a weekday which will make the transit of those 11 miles more benign. Nonetheless, it'll be fun.

    Again, you'll have a great time!

    JG
    Thanks for the reply, John.
    Bringing together people with the same passion, riding, is already a great event. Now riding the same kind of a bike, makes it even better!
    And mighty good food, you said? Am a proof that am all for it! My question is: do I bring a tent, do I book a motel, will I find one, if I don't?
    Late April I have seen snow! Getting there I was going to take the Appalachians, and the "Tail" would be included. Any advise is welcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by temesvar View Post
    Thanks for the reply, John.
    Bringing together people with the same passion, riding, is already a great event. Now riding the same kind of a bike, makes it even better!
    And mighty good food, you said? Am a proof that am all for it! My question is: do I bring a tent, do I book a motel, will I find one, if I don't?
    Late April I have seen snow! Getting there I was going to take the Appalachians, and the "Tail" would be included. Any advise is welcome!
    The lodge that is our host venue has rooms, cabins, and tent sites. Iíve stayed at the camping site for about $10 a night, the rooms are $90 per night, ($70 for non weekends) if you call make sure you inform registration you are with the BMW MOA group.

    There are other places to stay in nearby towns, but as this is my third time attending, I recommend the lodge properties... getting away from the venue site becomes somewhat challenging as the site is remote, and itís a twisty, curvy, hike to get to anywhere. Deals gap motor lodge may be available or the iron horse lodge for rooms, but book early they, fill up fast during riding season.
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    Just for information BMW Motorcycle of Charlotte is having an event at The Iron Horse the same weekend as Fontana!

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    Quote Originally Posted by temesvar View Post
    Thanks for the reply, John.
    Bringing together people with the same passion, riding, is already a great event. Now riding the same kind of a bike, makes it even better!
    And mighty good food, you said? Am a proof that am all for it! My question is: do I bring a tent, do I book a motel, will I find one, if I don't?
    Late April I have seen snow! Getting there I was going to take the Appalachians, and the "Tail" would be included. Any advise is welcome!
    As Reece points out the tent sites are a couple miles away from the resort itself at the base of the dam so if you want to camp that is available. Again as Reece did I recommend the lodge property too as that allows you to have great accommodations and stay close to the group and the fellowship. Riding out of there after dark....it's dark...and twisty. Give them a call at the lodge as they have rooms and cabins available...but don't wait too long, this event sells out the property! Glad you are planning to make it...ride safe and we'll see you there!
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    Thanks you all, Reece, Vance H, and John Gamel. I see am to late to book a room at Fontana Village.
    This is a gamble for me, as late April we can still have bad weather or even snow here. Only room left is $160/night
    Way to much for me to book for a three nights stand! Would have loved to attend, but it all seams like a cash grab for the locals,
    Is that what this is all about?

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