Gap '98



Several SunRiders went to the big Miata gathering at Deals Gap in North Carolina, the weekend of July 31- August 2, 1998. A great time was had by all, and we will be going back next year to see all our old and new friends again.



As usual, click on a picture to see a larger version.

resting on I-75
On the way up we had a caravan of six cars. It took us almost 12 hours to get to the Tapoco Lodge from Tampa.

 

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Here's everybody we could find who was from Florida.

 

Spider on highway 129
This is Spider (the Wonder Car) with pilot, Kevin Morrison, wending his way toward the lodge on highway 129.

at the lodge Here's a bunch of cars at the lodge.

 

overhead.jpg And an overhead shot from the roof...

 

Look RockHere we are at the Look Rock picnic area on the Foothills Parkway. This is on the Tennessee side of the Gap.

 

Another shot of the line-up at Look Rock.
We sat down for a sack lunch here.


This was on highway 129 on the way to Look Rock, after the end of the Gap. It's nearly impossible to take pictures while you're driving in the Gap. You'd probably run off the road.

 


This is on the Foothills parkway, near Look Rock. The mist just above the road is what earns the Smoky Mountains their name.

After the picnic, a few of us were led on a long drive through the countryside. Here we are at a scenic overlook on the Foothills Parkway.

parsonsbranch2.jpg Parsons Branch Road
Here we are on Parsons Branch Road, a one-way, one lane, unpaved road through the forest. Small streams cross the road in several places, and we had fun splashing down as we drove through. Our cars got filthy! If you've never been off-roadin' in a Miata, you don't know what you're missing!

 

Cades CoveThis is near Cade's Cove, an 18th century settlement within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Even though there were too many tourists, it was a glimpse of the past.

 

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