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1. scarabY2k....Al & Val....Chino- 2013 2.5 Beetle....Ridge Top....Jacksonville, FL
2. warren....Warren & Simone....Mocha- 2006 Convertible Beetle....Ridge Top....Williamsburg, VA
3. Gringo....Don & Kim....Shiva- 2002 Turbo S Beetle....Ridge Top....Moore Co, NC
4. vwfreak87....Jordan....TBD....Ridge Top....Galax, VA
5. punchbug77....Jeff & Kaity & Selah....Gandalf the Grey- 2002 GLS Beetle....Ridge Top....Rome, GA
6. machausta....Jeremiah & Becky....Maelstrom- 2016 Classic 1.8T Beetle....Cedar Post Cabin....Kingsport, TN
7. meverhart....Mike....Traveler- 2009 Convertible Beetle....Sleep Inn....Hendersonville, NC
8. dedwards0323....Roberta & Dennis....2006 2.5L Convertible Beetle....Sleep Inn....Upstate, SC
9. IggysMom....Kristin & Mark....BeetleJuice- 2002 Turbo S....Ridge Top....Lutz, FL
10. Baby Sallie....Ana, Holley, and Tim....Scarlett Jane- 2018 Coast Edition Beetle....Sleep Inn....Rockwall, TX
11. kiwilrdg....Jeff & Darlene....Ikiane- 2001 Turbo S Beetle....Ridge Top....Newport News, VA
12. steve_pnchbug....Steve & Ryan....Bartholomew Bigglesworth- 2000 TDI Beetle....Ridge Top....Bristol, TN
13. rcflyer17....Bob & Karen....Bella- 2007 Convertible Beetle....Scenic View....New London, OH
14. Cub Bug....John & Laura....Cub Bug- 2002 Color Concept Beetle....Sleep Inn....Galena, IL
15. mybugrocks....Casey....Fiona- 2004 GL Beetle....Ridge Top....Athens, GA
16. VWGoose....Matt....Sophia- 2004 1.8T GTI....Ridge Top....Athens, GA
17. spaz144....Raymond & Carrie....Angus- 2012 Fender Turbo Beetle....Maryville, TN
18. TheGreenArrow....Cassandra....Baby- 2003 GLS Beetle....TBD....North Ridgeville, OH
19. Daisy Bug....Lisa & Dan & Bella....Daisy- 2013 Convertible Beetle....Ridge Top....Port Washington, WI
20. TechnoTrix'd....Rob & Christie....Pepe Jr.- 2001 1.8T GLX Beetle....Ridge Top....Brookhaven, PA
21. Jubilance....Pam & Steve....Jubilance- 2006 Convertible Beetle....Sleep Inn....Lilburn, GA
22. timinsanborn....Tim....2009 Beetle....Sleep Inn....Sanborn, NY
23. conrbug2008....Rick....2008 SE Convertible Beetle....Chattanooga, TN
24. Freaky Beetle....Jai & Holly....Moonraker- 2012 Turbo Beetle....Ridge Top....Calhoun, GA
25. MichelleRoze....Michelle & Jeremy....Probie- 2002 TDI Beetle....Ridge Top....Lawrenceville, GA
26. Bugless....Douglas & Chrissie....Jocelyn- 2002 Turbo S Beetle....Scenic View....Stow, OH
27. DiPhillips....Diane & Lisa....Marshmallow- 2018 Beetle....TBD....Amherst, OH
28. Rama Pendergraph....Emmy- 2002 GLS Beetle....Relax Inn....Gibsonville, NC
29. Tmsshep....Tracy & Chase....Firefly- 2018 Coast Beetle....Cedar Post Cabin....Knoxville, TN
30. Tmsshep....Chris....Black Widow- 2013 Fender Edition Beetle....Cedar Post Cabin....Knoxville, TN
31. kortzie123....Steve & Libby....2016 Dune Beetle....Ridge Top....Yorktown, VA
32. D2Beetle....Frank & Anne Marie....Rook- 2015 TSI Turbo Beetle....Sleep Inn....Springfield, TN
33. Beetle H.20....Jeni....Silver Fox- 1999 Turbo Beetle....Cedar Post Cabin....Knoxville, TN
34. Beetle H.20....Wayne....Stalker- 2001 Turbo S Beetle....Cedar Post Cabin....Knoxville, TN
35. VWlover1968....BeetleH2.0 Club....Jimy....The Blue Goose- 2012 R-Line Beetle....Cedar Post Cabin....Knoxville, TN
36. MommaBear....BeetleH2.0 Club....Christa....Diamond- 2012 Launch Edition Beetle....Cedar Post Cabin....Knoxville, TN
37. Bugman....Jerry & Kathy....Herbie- 1999 GLS Beetle....Sleep Inn....Gahanna, OH
38. HarlequinPixie/ Ollie....Tabitha & Ollie....Sinclair- 2015 TDI Golf Sportwagen....Ridge Top....Williamsburg, VA
39. DPKVW....Dave....Bluebird- 2009 2.5L Convertible Beetle....Ridge Top....Dundas, Ontario, Canada
40. Avery Fetner....BeetleH2.0 Club....Blaze- 2001 Turbo S Beetle....Cedar Post Cabin....Knoxville, TN
41. MoChrome....Leon & Karen....2016 R-Line Beetle....Ridge Top....Sharpsburg, GA
42. EvilinaDM101....Shonnel & Joey....Evilina- 1999 2.0 Beetle....Ridge Top....Orlando, FL
43. MadMaxBeetle....Daniel & Mandy....Black Pearl- 2016 Dune Beetle....Turkey Creek Campground....Charleston, SC
44. bluebug1....ED & Rose....Skye- 2013 Convertible Beetle....New Market, TN
45. Ewwabug....Kevin & Jessica....Bernice- 2002 Beetle....Spartanburg, SC
46. Beetle H.20....Jennifer & Colton & Alyssa....Liberty- 2014 Beetle....TBD....Corryton, TN
 

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Welcome to:

T.O.D-XI Year 11

2019 Tail Of The Dragon

Promo and Planning Thread

All important info can be found in the first 10 posts​


PLEASE NOTE: Although this is an extremely long thread, the information listed below is inserted about every 5 pages. Feel free to scan to the last page if you desire- You won't miss out on any pertinent info.

This first post will be continually edited for additional information.

T.O.D-X 2019

Get Together (GtG) Cruise/Weekend

May 3-5, 2019

Bryson City, NC

Dragon Cruise- Saturday, May 4th, 2019​

T.O.D. is a family-friendly, non-competitive (no performance comp or car show) get together (GTG)and road cruise

The 2018 T.O.D X, X-fiies theme was amazing! It was awesome seeing the enthusiasm from the attendees, feeling and promoting the vibe. Now we have just under about 6 months to plan, save and prepare for T.O.D-XI


Advance planning is vital for you, the T.O.D. attendee....the event is that big. Planning a year in advance is necessary, so please do so... you can thank me later:wink:


2019 TAIL OF THE DRAGON INFORMATION SUMMARY


Date of the event: Friday, May 3- Sunday, May 5th, 2019

As in previous ToD's the Ridge Top (The Top) is the main gathering spot. Overflow or for those that the "Top's" accommodations aren't up to their standards, options are listed as well.

Accommodations in Bryson City:

Ridge Top Motel- T.O.D. home base/ main gathering spot
390 Arlington Avenue
Bryson City, NC 28713-7604
(828) 488-6363 or
(828) 488-6335
RV campground and motel. Bryson City, NC

RIDGE TOP WEBSITE: CLICK HERE

IMPORTANT NOTE: You can book your room at The Top NOW, without any charge to your credit/debit card. You will only be charged if you fail to cancel 48 hours BEFORE YOUR RESERVED CHECK-IN DATE...Basically, you have until the Wednesday of T.O.D. week to cancel before a debit/charge is levied or automatic cancellation of a non-confirmed booking. You're more than welcome to arrive early.

Lodging for the Ridge Top: 49.00 per night


Yes, The Top has a CAMPGROUND TOO.
29.00 a night for 2 people. Pets 2.00 extra.

Low-Dough option #2

Scenic View Motel
1000 US-19,
Bryson City, NC 28713
(828) 488-3378
The Scenic View is like the Top, but smaller, yet just as nice. It's only a few minutes away from the Top and of good recommendation from fellow attendees and liaisons to the Scenic View, Rick and Shannon. If you can't find a room at the Top, and need low-dough lodging, the Scenic View is for you.



Sleep Inn
500 Veterans Boulevard
Bryson City, NC 28713
(828) 488-0326
Bryson City NC Hotel, Hotels in Bryson City NC.
Discount Rates:
May 4th
King: $69.99
Queen (2 beds): $79.99

5th-7th
King: $109.99
Queen: $119.99

Sunday:
King: $69.99
Queen? $79.99



Microtel
82 Songbird Forest Road
Bryson City, NC 28713
(828) 488-7900
Microtel: Online hotel reservations, hotel discounts, hotel packages



Although many will be lodging at the aforementioned hotels, The Top will be the center of activity and ALL attendees of T.O.D., regardless of lodging are welcome to hang out at The Top. Sanjay, the hotel manager is a very accommodating to all of us and welcomes us happily each year.


The names of all attending parties are added to "the list"- the T.O.D. attendee roster, posted here on the org. Here you can get involved in the T.O.D. vibe as you see the list grow before you eyes. The list also helps the T.O.D. planners put things together much easier.

Get on the T.O.D.roster- "The List" submit:
-org screen name
-name of people in your party
-The year and model of your beetle, and your beetle's name
-The hotel you're staying at
-City and State where you live.
To get on "The List" eMail Jeff/Punchbug77: [email protected]



Additional area info:

Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap and Cherohala Skyway, Graham Co, NC
Smoky Mountain Travel Guides - Bryson City NC - Vacation Guides

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As in years past there will be current year ToD Swag and decals available for pre event purchase, as well as T.O.D.8 goodies. Watch for details in the our own T.O.D. subsection.

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This is a new beetle event, This includes the New Beetle and the 12ups...the 2012+ Beetle

T.O.D. is a thrilling experience and some have voiced bringing other car brands to T.O.D. Your enthusiasm is appreciated, BUT please, this is a New Beetle event, and we want to keep the event as such. We hope that you'll co-pilot with another beetle owner and enjoy the T.O.D. experience just the same.

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Rough itinerary:

THURSDAY ARRIVALS:
We're seeing more and more attendees showing up on Thursday, and you're more than welcome to do so. If you are a Thursday attendee, please chime in early. Maybe some pre-T.O.D. stuff can be cooked up.

Friday- the beetles arrive in Bryson City, beginning early/mid afternoon until evening. Photo ops / meet and greet / motel check-in. Maybe some are checking in a day earlier...you never know.
6:00PM, gather at the "Top" for an informal meet.

7:00PM begins "pizza fest", our Friday night pizza dinner/meet and greet. After dinner more "getting to know each other" time. The pizza fest will be at the Top, with pies provided by, Anthony's Italian Restaurant downtown.
Pizza Fest costs are 5.00 per Adult.

there will be an assortment of pies available for all. Pizza Fest thread forthcoming.

NEW FOR PIZZA FEST: Pizza Fest will conclude with Movies @ The Top, on the grassy knoll. Come enjoy an evening under the stars as we watch movies on the big outdoor screen. Again, you don't have to be booked at The Top in order to enjoy the movies and all The Top has to offer.
Theater provided by The Top Outdoor Cinema.

Also, pre-order your Subway subs on Friday, so you can pick them up fresh Saturday morning.


Saturday: early a.m breakfast at Everett Street Diner- The Official diner of T.O.D., followed at 9:00 by a driver's meeting at the Ridge Top (The Top) in preparation for taming the Dragon. We depart from The Top @ 9:30AM sharp, From Bryson City, we'll proceed to the Cherohala Skyway where we'll make a stop at the Lakeview overlook, for a photo op.


RECAP: The Robbinsville stop at Ingles is back in the Dragon run. This will ba a potty stop. Although this is a grocery store, we should already be prepared, thus no need for shopping. We want to get in and out QUICKLY, and proceed with our dragon run- next stop: Cherohala Skyway

Leaving the overlook, we'll proceed to the Telico Plains Welcome center for our official potty break. This will also be our designated lunch spot. As we prep to leave the welcome center we'll organize the bugavan into the Sport and Leisure class. Leaving Telico Plains we proceed to run The Dragon. Those who are opting out of another run(s), can peruse the Deals Gap shop and the Killboy shop, while others will run the Dragon again. The elimination of the Robbinsville will give us adequate time to have some extra fun on the Dragon and Telico Plains :)

Saturday night
Saturday Night post-TOD BBQ at the Neon Pig


Following dinner at the Neon Pig, Folk will trickle over to Soda Pops Ice Cream Shoppe for dessert, in the nostalgic 50's style soda shoppe. 2015 was the official kickoff of the Social and it was HUGE SUCCESS (thanks Warren :D) This is an incredible opportunity to chill, hang out with your friends, and enjoy the laid back atmosphere of Bryson City. The Ice Cream Social is strongly encouraged to attend.

There will also be a Saturday night Movie at The Top, as we finish up our Saturday night Ice Cream Social, along with a friendly game or 10 of BAG-COM...the T.O.D. game sensation!

Sunday: Departure breakfast at Everett St. Diner, followed by one of two options:
-Option #1 Departing ToD to your respective homes or..
-Option #2 SixChuter Sunday. We've officially added Sunday as an option for those desiring to hang around one more day.

SCS, is a casual day, with no itinerary; just a day to wind down, relax and reflect on the great weekend. No pressure or plans, just go out and enjoy Bryson City. Some options available for SCS:

-Slaying at Sunrise: an early morning Dragon run.
-Beetles Dam Cruise- Beetles making a run,exploring the Dams of the region.
-The Road To Nowhere: a trip into the Smokey Mountain national park, up a literal road to nowhere; but the end brings you to beautiful, picturesque scenery, suitable for a picnic.
-Explore the falls right in the backyard of Bryson City...just a 15 minute drive from the Top.


some will just stay in Bryson City or explore other places; some might find a little group to piddle around with. Whatever the case, SixChuter Sunday is a no-pressure, casual day to do as you will.


We will be driving the the original tour loop, as we did in the '09 Maiden Voyage.

This post will be bumped throughout the thread and amended as new information warrants. Bumps will also include FAQ, ascertained throughout the past few years of ToD, as well as other neat facts about ToD and the Bryson City Carolina region.

So start planning NOW!\ Start your coffee can fund now- you'll thank me later :D.
Come join us for a great adventure and meet some of the nicest people on earth.

We strongly urge you to bump this thread, especially former TOD slayers. Your inital post will have you subscribed to the thread, and you'll receive notifications of any new posts, thus helping you stay informed. So please subscribe, post, bump,and add your experience and vibe to this great event!

T.O.D.XI.!!!!

Is it May yet???? :rolleyes:



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Officially here! Enjoying the accomidations at the top.

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***This weather update is brought to you by food. It's lunch time and I'm hungry!***

Hey guys, so doesn't look like a whole lot has changed for ToD, but there is still time. So lets recap and see what we can do with mother nature.

Friday is going to be a wet one with 90% change of thunderstorms. Temps in the 80's and overnight lows dropping down into the upper 50's.

Saturday, now has about an 80% chance of thunderstorms. Temps will continue in the 80's and again dip down into the upper 50's overnight

Sixchuter Sunday, there is a 50% chance of rain. Temps in the upper 70's, a little bit cooler. Overnight will drop down to the low 50's.

Monday, it'll be mostly sunny with temps back in the low 80's.

So ToD looks to be a wet one, but that never stopped the fun before. Plan to bring some rain gear and umbrellas and maybe mother nature will grace us and dry things up.

***This report was brought to you by lunch...I'm hungry***
 

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Just finished up a quick detailing of the interior. Also took the time to check the air pressure in the spare and got it aired-up (glad I looked; air pressure was only 20 psig). PITA getting that full size spare out of the tire well in the trunk. 2006 Ragtop is ready for tomorrow's trek to Bryson City. Should be there round 2 PM after stopping for lunch at Kostas in Dillsboro NC.
 

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***This weather report brought to you by technology...hate it, but gotta have it***

Ok guys, we're on ToD Eve-Eve. I know some of you are on your way up there, some of you are already there and some are heading out tomorrow. It's gonna get fun! So lets look at the forecast shall we?

Friday, we're looking at a 60% chance of some evening Thunderstorms. Highs for the day in the 80's, overnight lows dropping down to the upper 50's.

Saturday, unless some of the folks already at the top can hang on to that sunshine, we're looking at a wet slaying of the dragon. Temps in the upper 70's with a 90% chance of Thunderstorms. Overnight lows will drop again into the upper 50's. (Though don't most epic dragon battles happen during a thunderstorm?)

Sixchuter Sunday, more of the same. There is an 80% chance of a light AM rain. Temps will be in the mid 70's and overnight lows in the low 50's.

Monday, as we all depart, it'll be partly cloudy with temps in the 80's.

Now, for those that haven't been to a wet dragon before, it's honestly not that bad. Yes, it does limit some activities, especially if the rain is heavy. However, that does not mean that the fun has to stop. There have been a few years in the past where rain has taken over our weekend, we created our own fun, created tent city so we had a little more room to move, and heck, even played in the rain.

Just make sure to bring an umbrella or rain jacket/boots of some kind to stay dry, and have a great weekend! We're almost there!!

***This weather report was brought to you by technology...like literally, I'm writing this on my laptop, over an internet connection and you're reading it either on your mobile device or computer with an internet connection. So yeah...technology***
 

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***This weather report brought to you by technology...hate it, but gotta have it***

Ok guys, we're on ToD Eve-Eve. I know some of you are on your way up there, some of you are already there and some are heading out tomorrow. It's gonna get fun! So lets look at the forecast shall we?

Friday, we're looking at a 60% chance of some evening Thunderstorms. Highs for the day in the 80's, overnight lows dropping down to the upper 50's.

Saturday, unless some of the folks already at the top can hang on to that sunshine, we're looking at a wet slaying of the dragon. Temps in the upper 70's with a 90% chance of Thunderstorms. Overnight lows will drop again into the upper 50's. (Though don't most epic dragon battles happen during a thunderstorm?)

Sixchuter Sunday, more of the same. There is an 80% chance of a light AM rain. Temps will be in the mid 70's and overnight lows in the low 50's.

Monday, as we all depart, it'll be partly cloudy with temps in the 80's.

Now, for those that haven't been to a wet dragon before, it's honestly not that bad. Yes, it does limit some activities, especially if the rain is heavy. However, that does not mean that the fun has to stop. There have been a few years in the past where rain has taken over our weekend, we created our own fun, created tent city so we had a little more room to move, and heck, even played in the rain.

Just make sure to bring an umbrella or rain jacket/boots of some kind to stay dry, and have a great weekend! We're almost there!!

***This weather report was brought to you by technology...like literally, I'm writing this on my laptop, over an internet connection and you're reading it either on your mobile device or computer with an internet connection. So yeah...technology***
 

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Just wanted to thank everyone for letting me run point again. :)

Also I have all radios except for one and I cannot remember who I loaned that one to. Whomever you are, you can hold on to it till next year or if you prefer, return it to the front desk of Sleep Inn.

Despite the inclement weather today, I found the return trip on the skyway to be intense! :)
 

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Just wanted to thank everyone for letting me run point again. :)

Also I have all radios except for one and I cannot remember who I loaned that one to. Whomever you are, you can hold on to it till next year or if you prefer, return it to the front desk of Sleep Inn.

Despite the inclement weather today, I found the return trip on the skyway to be intense! :)
I have your radio Frank. I'll hold on to it til next year.
And everyone I've spoken to concurs... the return on the skyway was intense!!! Seemed longer too for some reason.

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