The January ORF Tour was canceled because the tour leader (me) was on the losing end of a run in with a log splitter the day before the tour. After a bit of bleeding, swelling and pain I am happy to report my left index finger has almost resumed its normal size/color and most of its functionality. The really good news is the previous cancelation enables me to reuse the itinerary for our MARCH ORF!!!
The MARCH ORF is scheduled for Wednesday, March 17th and of course, it rained. So, we are now planning this ORF Tour for April 21st. The starting location will be the IHOP in Dawsonville, GA. We’ll be heading WEST thru Ellijay and on to Chatsworth. The comfort stop along the way will be in Ellijay at either a service station, an “apple house” or the city parking lot/restroom in Ellijay. After our run up/over Fort Mountain our lunch stop will be The Village Cafeteria in Chatsworth. I have contacted The Village Café and verified, barring any unforeseen issues, they plan to be open April 21st.
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Our return will be via back roads south out of Chatsworth until we pick up Hwy 136 towards Jasper and then back to Dawsonville.
Below is the proposed schedule:
09:00 – 09:45 – Breakfast at the IHOP, 4117 Dawson Forest Rd E, Dawsonville, Ga
09:45 - 10:00 – Tire kicking in the parking lot with a 10:00 departure
10:00 – 11:00 – A run thru downtown Dawsonville to Ellijay via Hwy’s 53/183/ 52
11:00 – 11:15 - Rest break @ TBD location
11:15– 12:00 – Continue on Hwy 52 up/over Fort Mountain to Chatsworth, Ga
12:00-13:30 – Lunch at The Village Cafeteria
13:30-15:00 – Homeward bound on back roads south from Chatsworth until we pickup up Hwy136 towards Jasper, Ga then across to Dawsonville
There are plenty of opportunities to join/leave the group along the way. Please contact Tom Nadelhoffer if you plan to attend no later than Friday April 16th at either firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-887-8877(h) 404-402-3004(c). Advise Tom the following:
Yes you plan to attend and how many in your party
Do you plan to eat breakfast? Yes/No. If no be there for a 10am departure!!!
Do you plan to order and eat inside for lunch.
Order and take out or bring a sack from home? Depending upon the weather there’s a city park with picnic tables 2 blocks from the restaurant or you can always eat in your car.