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Old 03-27-2017, 10:56 PM   #1
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Anyone on the forum planning on attending? Not sure if I missed a previous thread regarding the upcoming rally at JC, but I'm looking for info or suggestions on how to break up the 16 hr trip from Tampa, Fl. (i.e. Avoiding traffic around Atlanta, where to stop for the night or maybe even 2 nights) I'd be interested in hearing from anyone that has done this trip from our area.
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Old 03-28-2017, 07:06 AM   #2
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Alumapalooza 2017

We are attending, but will be headed north at a rapid pace. We are thinking about a late night Cracker Barrel along the way.

Looking from south to north, we like several stops:

Georgia Veterans State Park in Cordele, GA

High Falls State Park near Macon

Red Top Mountain State Park near Cartersville, GA

Cloudland Canyon State Park in Rising Fawn, GA

Harrison Bay State Park near Chattanooga

Cumberland Gap National Historic Site in Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky

Renfro Valley KOA in KY

You get the idea. Enjoy the ride and we will look forward to seeing you in Jackson Center.



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Old 03-28-2017, 08:14 AM   #3
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Cloudland Canyon is very nice, but FYI the road into the park from I-59 is very steep and twisty. Lots of switchbacks and a pretty steep grade.
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Old 03-28-2017, 08:47 AM   #4
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Road from I 75 is the best route from the south. Both are ok, with patience.


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I have courtesy parking off I 75 in North georgia if needed
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Depending on when you leave, you may make the uncomfortable discovery that virtually no campgrounds will offer a single night stay over the Memorial Day period. They seem to want 3 nights, or nothing.
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Old 04-12-2017, 07:39 AM   #7
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Thanks Tin.Can.Twinkles for your offer. We may have to change our plans, but if we are able to go, we might take you up on that!
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It's there if you need it! There's a nice cracker barrel down there if you want to stay there too... ate there many a time.
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Old 04-12-2017, 08:46 PM   #9
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We'll be there, SoFlo! Hope to see you again. If you get to the site over the Memorial weekend, Aluma has a special rate for you to stay until it's starts.
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Old 05-19-2017, 06:07 PM   #10
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I have courtesy parking off I 75 in North georgia if needed
We will be going to Jackson Center for the rally after all. I was wondering if your offer to park overnight is still available. We would be staying Sat. Night of Memorial Day weekend, and should be able to arrive by 7 or 8 pm. If so Iyou cam message me and provide directions to your home. Thanks
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We'll be there arriving early, and then a week or so afterwards while going through warranty issues. Can't wait! We're camping just outside of Elkhart for another few days then got to find a location for Memorial day...Could be Wally World, or Cracker Barrel LOL
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We'll be there arriving early, and then a week or so afterwards while going through warranty issues. Can't wait! We're camping just outside of Elkhart for another few days then got to find a location for Memorial day...Could be Wally World, or Cracker Barrel LOL
How many nights do you need? We're camping at Maumee Bay State Park (Ohio) Fri-Sat-Sun nights before heading down to the mother ship on Monday afternoon. At 9:50 AM I see there's one site available Sunday night.

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For those of you that have been before, tips on meals you had to prepare?
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

I think we are on our own for:
All breakfast
3 Lunch
4 dinners (2 of these are open grill)

Looking for ideas

Thanks in Advance
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Old 05-24-2017, 12:21 PM   #14
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I attended last year, and have a question for those of you who are attending or have attended before.

We don't have an Airstream yet, but live about half an hour from JC & really wanted to see some Airstreams in person. However, the day we went there (I don't remember which day of the week) most of the owners were off doing activities, and those who were at their trailers weren't particularly interested in showing them off to folks like us who were just wandering around.

Are most people there just to socialize at the events and such, or are there certain times when most owners are at their trailers & willing to let others have a look? We're considering going back again this year, but my wife says she doesn't want to go if our experience will be like last year's.


One side note to that report - those who were willing to show us their trailers were VERY helpful. I know a few of them are Airforums members, so a shout out to those of you who went out of your way to show some clueless noob wannabees around. One nice lady with a new Pendleton was in the middle of making lunch, but was happy to let us look at her beautiful trailer. Another couple spent a good 45 minutes educating us on a whole bunch of aspects of Airstream ownership that we hadn't considered. So, I don't mean to complain about the Airstream community as a whole, as I know there are lots of nice, friendly, and helpful people out there - I'd just like to know when/where to find them at Alumapalooza!
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