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What date should the Greensboro meet be held?

Saturday, October 31, 2020
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Saturday, November 7, 2020
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Saturday, November 14, 2020
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Saturday, November 21, 2020
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Author Topic: Greensboro, NC, Mini Meet - November 14, 2020  (Read 8020 times)

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Greensboro, NC, Mini Meet - November 14, 2020
« on: July 21, 2020, 01:18:44 PM »

As mentioned in the 2020 meets thread, I have been considering holding a Greensboro, NC, area meet. After exploring the area a bit this weekend, I am officially announcing that the meet will go ahead.

Where: Fisher Park parking area, 300 Fisher Park, Greensboro, NC 27401
When: 12:00 EST, November 14, 2020. I will be there by 11:30 at the latest, and we'll try to start the tour no later than 12:15 or so.
How: Please bring and wear a mask at all times you are around other meet attendees. Carpool with other attendees at your own risk. Eat lunch before you come or bring lunch to Fisher Park if you'd like - there will be no lunch meeting beforehand. Use common sense in terms of your state's travel restrictions.

MEET ITINERARY AS OF OCTOBER 14

I have a rough itinerary put together already, but will be fine-tuning it and releasing it later. For now, I just want to gauge interest. Potential sights include:
  • The newest completed sections of I-73 and I-840 in and north of Greensboro.
  • Construction progress on the final segments of I-840 on the north side of Greensboro.
  • The US 64 bypass of Asheboro, scheduled to be completed in September. (This will probably be optional, since Asheboro is a solid 25 miles south of Greensboro.)
  • The multitude of boulevards and urban interchanges throughout Greensoro.
North Carolina is currently a hotspot for Covid-19, so I think it's safe to assume it will still be an issue in November. Thus, this meet will likely be a bring-your-own-lunch, socially distanced, mask-wearing affair. More details will be determined once the date comes closer.

Please let me know if you have any comments, concerns, questions, or suggestions - this will be my first meet host, so I'd like to make it a good one.
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Re: Greensboro, NC, Mini Meet
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2020, 02:02:03 PM »

It would be best to avoid Halloween or the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Add to option list the new section of Future I-74 in Winston-Salem, which is 20 miles west of Greensboro.
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Re: Greensboro, NC, Mini Meet
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2020, 04:43:20 PM »

I'm very interested as long as I can swing it.  I voted for November 14 because it's far enough away to be a good buffer after a long-distance road meet I'm attending a month before this (Kansas City) and because it's still early enough in November that the likelihood of winter weather affecting my travel will be low.  If this meet happens on November 7 or 21, I might still be able to make it despite them not being my first choice, but if October 31 happens to be the date, I probably won't be able to make it.
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Re: Greensboro, NC, Mini Meet
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2020, 05:35:09 PM »

Interest but no preference, for now.

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Re: Greensboro, NC, Mini Meet
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2020, 09:46:16 PM »

I’m cautiously interested. This would give me a chance to clinch US 311, and I haven’t explored Greensboro itself since high school. Under normal circumstances I’d recommend Elizabeth’s Pizza, but that’s obviously moot for now so Sheetz it likely is.

I can’t remember much of interest road-wise that was there 20 years ago, but I distinctly remember some signage remnants of US 421’s old alignment of Market Street in the Colfax area. Greenout and such. I’d be surprised if it’s still there.

ETA: The Goog shows a “421 Market & Grill” in the area to this day, but that’s it. The exit to Colfax off 421 looks like it’s been completely revamped since I was last there.

any green 40 signage still around?
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Re: Greensboro, NC, Mini Meet
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2020, 12:40:00 PM »

I'd vote for the first two options, mainly because they're still on daylight time, which means an hour more of daylight for exploring unless you want to move the start time up an hour for the last two options.
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Re: Greensboro, NC, Mini Meet
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2020, 07:16:06 PM »

any green 40 signage still around?
Not that I know of in Greensboro - but my experience isn't definitive. There are still plenty of Green 40 shields in Winston-Salem, seeing as it was only decommissioned earlier this year. From what I can tell, all references to NC 6 were removed a few years ago as well. Since that's in the vicinity of I-40, I'd wager there's not anything left of Green 40 either.

As far as other sights in the rest of the triad go, there's probably enough of note to hold a completely separate meet only for Winston-Salem. However, this meet will just deal with Greensboro (and maybe Asheboro), just to keep it simple. I'll probably include a quick overview of sights to be seen in Winston-Salem and High Point with the meet itinerary just in case people want to tour those on their own time before or after.
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Re: Greensboro, NC, Mini Meet
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2020, 09:10:07 PM »

As far as other sights in the rest of the triad go, there's probably enough of note to hold a completely separate meet only for Winston-Salem. However, this meet will just deal with Greensboro (and maybe Asheboro), just to keep it simple.

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Re: Greensboro, NC, Mini Meet
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2020, 12:02:58 AM »

any green 40 signage still around?
Not that I know of in Greensboro - but my experience isn't definitive. There are still plenty of Green 40 shields in Winston-Salem, seeing as it was only decommissioned earlier this year. From what I can tell, all references to NC 6 were removed a few years ago as well. Since that's in the vicinity of I-40, I'd wager there's not anything left of Green 40 either.

As far as other sights in the rest of the triad go, there's probably enough of note to hold a completely separate meet only for Winston-Salem. However, this meet will just deal with Greensboro (and maybe Asheboro), just to keep it simple. I'll probably include a quick overview of sights to be seen in Winston-Salem and High Point with the meet itinerary just in case people want to tour those on their own time before or after.
Yeah, I meant the Forsyth one. I figure it痴 all long gone from Greensboro. Sometimes I forget it was even there in the first place!
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Re: Greensboro, NC, Mini Meet
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2020, 05:51:38 PM »

Interest but no preference, for now.
Upgraded to definite attendance assuming this is still happening. When can we pick a weekend?

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Re: Greensboro, NC, Mini Meet
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2020, 11:27:29 AM »

I was hoping a few more votes would trickle in but it seems we have a winner - November 14th. Go ahead and mark that date on your calendar.

I've been working on the itinerary and will hopefully have it up in a few weeks. As of now it looks like maybe a 2-3 hour tour, so there would be enough time for people to head over to Winston-Salem, check out more of Greensboro, or head home early afterwards.
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Re: Greensboro, NC, Mini Meet
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2020, 12:01:56 PM »

I am interested.  I will not say definite until October at the earliest though.
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Re: Greensboro, NC, Mini Meet
« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2020, 07:56:12 PM »

I was hoping a few more votes would trickle in but it seems we have a winner - November 14th. Go ahead and mark that date on your calendar.

I've been working on the itinerary and will hopefully have it up in a few weeks. As of now it looks like maybe a 2-3 hour tour, so there would be enough time for people to head over to Winston-Salem, check out more of Greensboro, or head home early afterwards.
I suggest making it more of a 3-4 hour tour, but do as you please.

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Re: Greensboro, NC, Mini Meet
« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2020, 10:04:32 AM »

Not saying I知 definitely in yet, as my new job still encompasses weekends, but probably.
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Re: Greensboro, NC, Mini Meet
« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2020, 09:01:00 PM »

I知 going to try to make this one.
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Re: Greensboro, NC, Mini Meet
« Reply #15 on: August 23, 2020, 10:30:46 PM »

I will throw my hat into the ring as a maybe. It depends on whether my wife has off that weekend.
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Re: Greensboro, NC, Mini Meet
« Reply #16 on: September 07, 2020, 12:07:59 PM »

I知 officially in. I知 going to stay with a retired NCHP trooper friend of mine in Cary NC. I might even convince him to come along.
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« Reply #17 on: September 07, 2020, 01:36:58 PM »

I知 officially in. I知 going to stay with a retired NCHP trooper friend of mine in Cary NC. I might even convince him to come along.
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« Reply #18 on: September 07, 2020, 07:08:52 PM »

I知 out.  That will be the end of the week that I will be visiting my family in KY and TN.
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Re: Greensboro, NC, Mini Meet
« Reply #19 on: September 09, 2020, 03:06:17 AM »

The first section of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway opened last Saturday if anyone is interested.

https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2020/2020-09-04-winston-salem-northern-beltway-opens.aspx
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Re: Greensboro, NC, Mini Meet
« Reply #20 on: September 09, 2020, 11:21:27 AM »

The first section of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway opened last Saturday if anyone is interested.

https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2020/2020-09-04-winston-salem-northern-beltway-opens.aspx

I was already planning to drive it myself if I come.
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Re: Greensboro, NC, Mini Meet
« Reply #21 on: September 09, 2020, 11:29:53 PM »

Still unknown, but within a reasonable notice for me to request the day/weekend off.
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Re: Greensboro, NC, Mini Meet
« Reply #22 on: September 19, 2020, 09:06:53 PM »

I'll be in attendance.
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Re: Greensboro, NC, Mini Meet
« Reply #23 on: September 27, 2020, 12:13:29 PM »

I am 90% sure that I will be in attendance.
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Re: Greensboro, NC, Mini Meet - November 14, 2020
« Reply #24 on: September 27, 2020, 10:54:01 PM »

Time for an update.

I made my last trip down to Greensboro on Saturday to check things out. This will be more of a "see-as-you-go" meet than a "stop-and-see" meet since a large portion of the itinerary is driving new roads and experiencing Greensboro's many funky boulevards. The few active construction projects or old alignments aren't very stop-friendly (i.e. minimal parking or access), so the two stops will be more historical sights than road-related sights.

I didn't make it down to Asheboro, but I don't think the bypass is open yet - the NCDOT site claims it will be done in September, but they are running out of time to make that a reality. It looks like the finish date has been pushed back before, so that may or may not end up being included in the meet.

I'll try to get the itinerary polished and posted in the next week or two. I will be pretty busy in the weeks leading up to the meet, so I may be slow to respond to any questions.
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