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Re: [October 8th 2016] Birmingham Road Meet
« Reply #50 on: September 24, 2016, 07:52:03 PM »

Alright, before I make a hotel reservation and commit to being another person driving to the far side of the country for a roadmeet, is it too late to RSVP for this thing? If not, I think I'll be able to swing it looking at my schedule.
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Re: [October 8th 2016] Birmingham Road Meet
« Reply #51 on: September 25, 2016, 09:14:40 AM »

Alright, before I make a hotel reservation and commit to being another person driving to the far side of the country for a roadmeet, is it too late to RSVP for this thing? If not, I think I'll be able to swing it looking at my schedule.

Not too late at all :)
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Re: [October 8th 2016] Birmingham Road Meet
« Reply #52 on: September 25, 2016, 11:20:35 AM »

Alright, before I make a hotel reservation and commit to being another person driving to the far side of the country for a roadmeet, is it too late to RSVP for this thing? If not, I think I'll be able to swing it looking at my schedule.

Not too late at all :)

Perfect. Making my hotel reservation tonight. Staying in Chattanooga.
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Re: [October 8th 2016] Birmingham Road Meet
« Reply #53 on: September 25, 2016, 01:30:00 PM »

Wish I could make it, but I'll be hosting out-of-towners during that weekend. Have fun, everyone!

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Re: [October 8th 2016] Birmingham Road Meet
« Reply #54 on: September 25, 2016, 10:01:49 PM »

I am absolutely crazy, but I have a hotel booked. Clinching I-81 on the way down, likely grabbing a good portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway on the way back.
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Re: [October 8th 2016] Birmingham Road Meet
« Reply #55 on: September 26, 2016, 08:07:02 AM »

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likely grabbing a good portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway on the way back.

Don't plan on making any good time...
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Re: [October 8th 2016] Birmingham Road Meet
« Reply #56 on: September 26, 2016, 10:33:33 AM »

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likely grabbing a good portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway on the way back.

Don't plan on making any good time...

The frustrating part is getting behind a slow vehicle (and by slow, I mean traveling at the 45 mph speed limit or below) that absolutely refuses to pull over at any of the many overlooks or turnouts to let stacked-up traffic by.

My recent foray onto the BRP (between Cherokee and Asheville) was plagued by this happening. I wasn't worried about speed enforcement because I was on the North Carolina side of the state line, and had my protection activated, but I'm curious as to how much speed enforcement there is in Virginia where you can't protect yourself from it.
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Re: [October 8th 2016] Birmingham Road Meet
« Reply #57 on: September 26, 2016, 11:38:04 AM »

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likely grabbing a good portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway on the way back.

Don't plan on making any good time...

The frustrating part is getting behind a slow vehicle (and by slow, I mean traveling at the 45 mph speed limit or below) that absolutely refuses to pull over at any of the many overlooks or turnouts to let stacked-up traffic by.

My recent foray onto the BRP (between Cherokee and Asheville) was plagued by this happening. I wasn't worried about speed enforcement because I was on the North Carolina side of the state line, and had my protection activated, but I'm curious as to how much speed enforcement there is in Virginia where you can't protect yourself from it.

I don't expect it to be fast. I'm thinking of grabbing a hotel in Maryland for that night so I can take my time.
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Re: [October 8th 2016] Birmingham Road Meet
« Reply #58 on: September 28, 2016, 01:16:00 PM »

What's happening on the east side of Birmingham next weekend? While researching room rates, I found that hotels in the Irondale area that aren't sold out are charing exorbitant rates. It's not the Talladega race.
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Re: [October 8th 2016] Birmingham Road Meet
« Reply #59 on: September 28, 2016, 01:29:59 PM »

Looks like it is for the 12th Annual Barber Vintage Festival at the Barber Motorsports Park: https://barbermotorsports.com/vintage-home.php
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Re: [October 8th 2016] Birmingham Road Meet
« Reply #60 on: September 28, 2016, 02:54:39 PM »

The crazy rates are part of why I'm staying in Knoxville. Everything closer to the east is insanely expensive. I wanted to stay in Chattanooga so I didn't have as long of a drive on Saturday, but no decent hotels have anything for under 200-230 a night.
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Re: [October 8th 2016] Birmingham Road Meet
« Reply #61 on: September 28, 2016, 03:14:17 PM »

That's crazy.

I usually try to plan my road meets when there aren't any big events scheduled, but this thing at Barber Motorsports Park didn't even catch my radar.

The tour won't be going close to there since it is just east of the I-20/459 interchange in Leeds.
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Re: [October 8th 2016] Birmingham Road Meet
« Reply #62 on: September 28, 2016, 03:17:26 PM »

What's happening on the east side of Birmingham next weekend? While researching room rates, I found that hotels in the Irondale area that aren't sold out are charing exorbitant rates. It's not the Talladega race.

Meanwhile, in the Fultondale area (just north of B-ham), the rates for a decent hotel were well under $100/night.
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Re: [October 8th 2016] Birmingham Road Meet
« Reply #63 on: September 28, 2016, 03:26:32 PM »

What's happening on the east side of Birmingham next weekend? While researching room rates, I found that hotels in the Irondale area that aren't sold out are charing exorbitant rates. It's not the Talladega race.

Meanwhile, in the Fultondale area (just north of B-ham), the rates for a decent hotel were well under $100/night.

I didn't even look there because it's too out of the way for me.

The place I'm staying at in Knoxville is about $230 for the weekend. I can live with that. It's the New York City prices I can't live with. $200-250 for a mediocre hotel is ridiculous.
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Re: [October 8th 2016] Birmingham Road Meet
« Reply #64 on: September 28, 2016, 03:31:33 PM »

Fultondale is where the tour will, essentially, begin and end.
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Re: [October 8th 2016] Birmingham Road Meet
« Reply #65 on: September 28, 2016, 03:34:28 PM »

Fultondale is where the tour will, essentially, begin and end.

I'm well aware of that. I just can't get to/from there in one shot. 16 hours of straight driving for one person is pushing it and that doesn't include stops.
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Re: [October 8th 2016] Birmingham Road Meet
« Reply #66 on: September 28, 2016, 04:23:02 PM »

Fultondale is where the tour will, essentially, begin and end.

I'm well aware of that. I just can't get to/from there in one shot. 16 hours of straight driving for one person is pushing it and that doesn't include stops.

Surely there's something closer to Chattanooga that's not outrageously expensive.

Trip Advisor has a number of 3-or-better rated hotels for $70 or less in Cleveland, which is only about 20 miles northeast of Chattanooga on I-75.

Heck, Chattanooga itself has a number of well-rated places for $76 or less.
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Re: [October 8th 2016] Birmingham Road Meet
« Reply #67 on: September 28, 2016, 04:25:33 PM »

Fultondale is where the tour will, essentially, begin and end.

I'm well aware of that. I just can't get to/from there in one shot. 16 hours of straight driving for one person is pushing it and that doesn't include stops.

Surely there's something closer to Chattanooga that's not outrageously expensive.

Trip Advisor has a number of 3-or-better rated hotels for $70 or less in Cleveland, which is only about 20 miles northeast of Chattanooga on I-75.

Heck, Chattanooga itself has a number of well-rated places for $76 or less.

I'm trying to stay with Hilton for points. I already booked my place and with it got enough points for a couple nights.
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Re: [October 8th 2016] Birmingham Road Meet
« Reply #68 on: September 28, 2016, 09:29:38 PM »

I'm trying to stay with Hilton for points. I already booked my place and with it got enough points for a couple nights.

Hampton is too rich for my blood.
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Re: [October 8th 2016] Birmingham Road Meet
« Reply #69 on: September 28, 2016, 10:13:57 PM »

I'm trying to stay with Hilton for points. I already booked my place and with it got enough points for a couple nights.

Hampton is too rich for my blood.

I did the math and, thanks to how they do points, it actually saves me money because I can get Amtrak or airline miles with each stay in addition to points. They're doing a double points promotion through the end of the year, so it just adds up.
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Re: [October 8th 2016] Birmingham Road Meet
« Reply #70 on: September 29, 2016, 07:06:13 PM »

I'm trying to stay with Hilton for points. I already booked my place and with it got enough points for a couple nights.

Hampton is too rich for my blood.
I found something at Microtel. Not my favorite place, but it'll work ;)
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Re: [October 8th 2016] Birmingham Road Meet
« Reply #71 on: September 30, 2016, 11:20:06 AM »

I'm trying to stay with Hilton for points. I already booked my place and with it got enough points for a couple nights.

Hampton is too rich for my blood.
I found something at Microtel. Not my favorite place, but it'll work ;)

Microtels can be a crap shoot. Of course the room layouts are similar from one to another, but the quality can vary. The one in Buckhannon, WV, is as nice as any fancy place I've ever stayed. The one off Eisenhower Drive in Beckley WV is also very nice. However, they can deteriorate. I stayed at the one in Williamsville, NY (east side of Buffalo) for a meet there a few years ago and it was decent at the time. I stayed there a few years later, on my way back from the Watertown meet, and it had gone downhill.
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Re: [October 8th 2016] Birmingham Road Meet
« Reply #72 on: September 30, 2016, 11:52:29 AM »

I'm trying to stay with Hilton for points. I already booked my place and with it got enough points for a couple nights.

Hampton is too rich for my blood.
I found something at Microtel. Not my favorite place, but it'll work ;)

Microtels can be a crap shoot. Of course the room layouts are similar from one to another, but the quality can vary. The one in Buckhannon, WV, is as nice as any fancy place I've ever stayed. The one off Eisenhower Drive in Beckley WV is also very nice. However, they can deteriorate. I stayed at the one in Williamsville, NY (east side of Buffalo) for a meet there a few years ago and it was decent at the time. I stayed there a few years later, on my way back from the Watertown meet, and it had gone downhill.

Yeah, that's what I've heard about Mictotel. The only cheap chain that I've found to be reliable is Red Roof Inn.
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Re: [October 8th 2016] Birmingham Road Meet
« Reply #73 on: September 30, 2016, 03:46:49 PM »

Did the Alabama gas shortages and gas price hikes resolve themselves now that the pipeline has been repaired?
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Re: [October 8th 2016] Birmingham Road Meet
« Reply #74 on: September 30, 2016, 03:52:31 PM »

Did the Alabama gas shortages and gas price hikes resolve themselves now that the pipeline has been repaired?

In the Huntsville area, they are hovering around $2/gal right now. Seems to be the same around Birmingham as well.
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