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Re: 2016 Meets
« Reply #50 on: June 04, 2015, 07:30:52 AM »

The 2016 road meets I'm definitely planning on attending are the Duluth MN meet and the the Birmingham AL meet.

Other meets I'd really like to attend if possible are Jason Ilyes's central PA meet, the Corridor H meet, and the Chicago meet that Brandon Gorte is talking about. I just hope all the meets are spaced out properly and that my finances and time off from work can accommodate me attending all of these.
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Re: 2016 Meets
« Reply #51 on: June 04, 2015, 11:43:12 AM »

My only concern about Winchester is its location relative to much of the things to see along Corridor H to the west.  This is potentially a lot of driving in terms of distance at between 200 and 300 miles (but over a highway system that is normally uncongested).

I will be researching this in a little more detail.  Plenty of time until 2016.

I'd be willing to bet that there are some good options in Elkins, which might be better situated as a starting point for a Corridor H meet. CJ Maggie's might be one option, although I have never eaten there myself.
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Re: 2016 Meets
« Reply #52 on: June 04, 2015, 11:44:01 AM »


At this rate, there will be so many meets that I think some people will be meet-ed out.

A few years ago, it looked like the road meet phenomenon had died. It has returned with a vengeance.
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Re: 2016 Meets
« Reply #53 on: June 04, 2015, 09:30:33 PM »

A few years ago, it looked like the road meet phenomenon had died.

Really? I'm curious as to what makes you say that. I've attended at least four meets per year ever since 2010.
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Re: 2016 Meets
« Reply #55 on: June 05, 2015, 04:04:35 PM »

You're really the only one who was saying that at the time, HB...
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Re: 2016 Meets
« Reply #56 on: June 06, 2015, 12:08:56 AM »

At this rate, there will be so many meets that I think some people will be meet-ed out.
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Re: 2016 Meets
« Reply #57 on: June 06, 2015, 08:24:39 AM »

I don't think it would ever be possible for me to be "meet-ed" out. I'm completely insatiable when it comes to having reasons to travel to places, clinch highways, and collect counties that I would never have a chance to if it weren't for going to road meets and hanging out with awesome people at those meets.
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Re: 2016 Meets
« Reply #58 on: June 06, 2015, 04:08:21 PM »

https://groups.google.com/d/topic/misc.transport.road/vZ2-9eoULG4/discussion

It's very interesting reading this thread, H.B.  I was never on MTR, but wow... times have certainly changed since 2007. It seems like more and more people are coming up with ideas and plans for more road meets now than ever before. And the sizes of the groups attending the meets seem to be getting bigger as a whole. Lots of meets now with 15, 20, or more people attending. It's quite exciting, but it gets hard to decide which ones to attend - and it's getting harder for the individuals hosting these meets to coordinate with each other so the meets are spaced apart in such a way to maximize the number of attendees.
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Re: 2016 Meets
« Reply #59 on: June 07, 2015, 05:45:11 PM »

There was a specific situation that prompted me to post that, but I can't remember now what it was.
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Re: 2016 Meets
« Reply #60 on: June 07, 2015, 06:31:14 PM »

I don't think it would ever be possible for me to be "meet-ed" out. I'm completely insatiable when it comes to having reasons to travel to places, clinch highways, and collect counties that I would never have a chance to if it weren't for going to road meets and hanging out with awesome people at those meets.

Totally agreed on that one.
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Re: 2016 Meets
« Reply #61 on: June 08, 2015, 01:20:19 AM »

Yeah. Plus I hope it's understood that no one is ever required to attend any meet (well, except the host I should hope ;) ) nor are they required to make an effort to attend every meet. You can go to as few or as many as time/finances/personal desire allow. If that's zero, that's fine, and if that's six that's fine too.
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Re: 2016 Meets
« Reply #62 on: June 08, 2015, 11:22:12 AM »

Yeah. Plus I hope it's understood that no one is ever required to attend any meet (well, except the host I should hope ;) )

There have been instances where that happened. (The host didn't show).
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Re: 2016 Meets
« Reply #63 on: June 08, 2015, 02:37:00 PM »

Still pretty rare.  Certainly the exception rather than the rule.
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Re: 2016 Meets
« Reply #64 on: June 08, 2015, 02:45:48 PM »

Still pretty rare.  Certainly the exception rather than the rule.

I've run across two thus far.  Both run by the same person, IIRC.  Dayton 2012 and Flint 2013.
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Re: 2016 Meets
« Reply #65 on: June 08, 2015, 04:16:29 PM »

Dayton 2012 was the only meet I have been to where the host was a no show, but still managed to come together well.
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Re: 2016 Meets
« Reply #66 on: June 08, 2015, 05:15:23 PM »

More detail about the Chambersburg road meet
Chambersburg has not replaced its signs yet, so there is plenty of old junk to go around.
There's an abandoned rail line that is a remnant of the Civil War era.
Tons of good restaurants
Button copy sign and PA font signs that are pretty old
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Re: 2016 Meets
« Reply #67 on: June 09, 2015, 01:35:21 PM »

I'd be willing to bet that there are some good options in Elkins, which might be better situated as a starting point for a Corridor H meet. CJ Maggie's might be one option, although I have never eaten there myself.

I am sure you like the name of the municipality!  ;-)

I am not averse to changing the place to start, and Elkins could be a possibility.  I want to explore the route and possibilities a little more.  Moorefield, Thomas, Davis, Parsons or even Oakland, Maryland are also possibilities. 

Wardensville looks good on the map, but there is not all that much there.
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Re: 2016 Meets
« Reply #68 on: June 10, 2015, 07:54:09 PM »

I am sure you like the name of the municipality!  ;-)

I am not averse to changing the place to start, and Elkins could be a possibility.  I want to explore the route and possibilities a little more.  Moorefield, Thomas, Davis, Parsons or even Oakland, Maryland are also possibilities. 

Wardensville looks good on the map, but there is not all that much there.

I was thinking more of dining possibilities than the name of the town. I'm not sure there is much of anything in the towns you mentioned, although I am not as familiar with Oakland as I am the other towns. Moorefield and Parsons have Sheetz locations if we want to have the first MTO meet. Thomas and Davis don't really have a whole lot. There might be a small greasy-spoon in those two little burgs, but i don't really remember seeing much in the way of availability.
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Re: 2016 Meets
« Reply #69 on: June 10, 2015, 11:03:54 PM »

I was thinking more of dining possibilities than the name of the town.

I know - I made that assertion with tongue firmly in cheek.

I'm not sure there is much of anything in the towns you mentioned, although I am not as familiar with Oakland as I am the other towns. Moorefield and Parsons have Sheetz locations if we want to have the first MTO meet. Thomas and Davis don't really have a whole lot. There might be a small greasy-spoon in those two little burgs, but i don't really remember seeing much in the way of availability.

There's a fair amount in Oakland, including a Sheetz in the middle of town on U.S. 219 (maybe it should be called the "Sheetz Highway?").

An MTO meet is not that bad of an idea - some Sheetz stores have decently-sized dining areas, but the ones in Parsons and Oakland do not (I have been at the Sheetz in Elkins, but I do not remember how it is laid-out).

Was in Thomas with Mike and Laura recently, and there is one pretty nice place that might work, right in "downtown" Thomas.
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Re: 2016 Meets
« Reply #70 on: June 11, 2015, 10:34:12 PM »

I've never seen a Sheetz in Elkins before, although Brian Powell tweeted a photo of a new Sheetz there that has a drive-thru window. The store directory lists one at Beverly (south of US 33 on US 219/250 and WV 55/92) but I haven't seen it the times I've passed by there, last time being on my way home from Froggie's last DC meet.
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« Reply #71 on: June 12, 2015, 05:27:33 PM »

I've never seen a Sheetz in Elkins before, although Brian Powell tweeted a photo of a new Sheetz there that has a drive-thru window. The store directory lists one at Beverly (south of US 33 on US 219/250 and WV 55/92) but I haven't seen it the times I've passed by there, last time being on my way home from Froggie's last DC meet.

May get by there this weekend.  Not sure yet.
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« Reply #72 on: July 11, 2015, 05:56:17 PM »

I've never seen a Sheetz in Elkins before, although Brian Powell tweeted a photo of a new Sheetz there that has a drive-thru window. The store directory lists one at Beverly (south of US 33 on US 219/250 and WV 55/92) but I haven't seen it the times I've passed by there, last time being on my way home from Froggie's last DC meet.

The Elkins Sheetz is exactly where you describe it above, on the right side of U.S. 219/U.S. 250/W.Va. 55/W.Va. 92 going north. 

And it likely is large enough to handle a roadmeet, with a fair amount of inside (and outside seating).
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Re: 2016 Meets
« Reply #73 on: July 12, 2015, 12:43:46 AM »

At this rate, there will be so many meets that I think some people will be meet-ed out.

At some point the trouble becomes finding new territory to explore. Many cities have at this point hosted multiple meets in different years, which can dampen the interest of some people.

For example, the fact that I was at the Baltimore meet in 2010 made me lukewarm on attending the Baltimore meet earlier this year since I'd already seen most of the features of the tour. I ended up skipping the meet itself but showing up for dinner afterwards.
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Re: 2016 Meets
« Reply #74 on: July 12, 2015, 01:24:45 AM »

At this rate, there will be so many meets that I think some people will be meet-ed out.

At some point the trouble becomes finding new territory to explore. Many cities have at this point hosted multiple meets in different years, which can dampen the interest of some people.

For example, the fact that I was at the Baltimore meet in 2010 made me lukewarm on attending the Baltimore meet earlier this year since I'd already seen most of the features of the tour. I ended up skipping the meet itself but showing up for dinner afterwards.


The other primary issue is that since many of our core meet-going members are largely clustered in the same general region, it's difficult for them to have time/money to go to a lot of meets located outside the Northeast.

 


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