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TDIFest 2013 Discussion about TDIFest 2013 on the Labour Day weekend (August 30th to September 1st, 2013) in Sunday River, near Bethel, Maine. Latest information in the TDIFest wiki.

View Poll Results: Are you interested in attending a Mt. Washington Auto Road group drive? ~$30/person
Yes - I will be driving my own vehicle up the mountain 26 72.22%
Yes - I would like to ride in someone else's vehicle as a passenger 8 22.22%
No - I do not want to attend the group drive 2 5.56%
Voters: 36. You may not vote on this poll

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Old August 7th, 2013, 14:47   #31
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I just voted looking forward ! Is it worth driving my car following my buddy for 8 hrs? From Kutztown, Pa ? 44 mpg
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Old August 7th, 2013, 16:20   #32
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Ok I just might lol
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Old August 7th, 2013, 19:58   #33
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Scratching my head on this one! I'd love to go up, but would rather drive my ALH powered Vanagon. Will it be classified as a motorhome/RV?

Wife doesn't like heights. So, she will definitely not be going!
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Old August 7th, 2013, 19:59   #34
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Good question. You might want to call the auto road tomorrow and find out what the restrictions are.
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Old August 7th, 2013, 20:03   #35
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Here are some pics from the summit. These were taken on Memorial Day of this year.









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Old August 7th, 2013, 20:14   #36
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Neat! I just realized you and I will have book-ended the summer with not only trips to Maine, but visiting the top of Mt. Washington, too! (both Memorial day and Labor Day weekends)

I was so glad we went to the top of Mt. Washington in May; I assumed that would be the only time I would ever get to do that. I'm glad to see I was wrong. Can't wait to see it again-perhaps without snow?
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Old August 7th, 2013, 21:01   #37
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They have had snow in every month of the year before.

Home of the Worlds Worst Weather.

I've been on the summit when the weather went from 50 and foggy to 0 and a blizzard in under 1/2 hour. Not Without Peril: 150 Years of Misadventure on the Presidential Range of New Hampshire is a great book to read about the area and how little it takes to lose your life when you're unprepared.
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Since you mentioned catering/food will not be available at the mountain, I was thinking about having a little BBQ "after fest" G2G where i'm staying in Lancaster, NH. Its about 45-60 min from Mt Washington and about an hour from where TDIFest is happening. I know its a bit of a drive, but it seems like everything up in this part of NH/ME/VT is 45 min away. We are in the middle of nowhere after all.

For those of you trying to mapquest where I'm at just do a search for Gore Road in Lancaster, NH and that will give you an idea.
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That would be really cool - just keep in mind that the distance might be tough for people, especially after having been doing stuff all day. We won't get off the auto road until ~8:15PM, add 45 minutes to your place and it's 9PM. Would be a great place for an evening BBQ party though - perhaps a fire pit and some music?
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That would be really cool - just keep in mind that the distance might be tough for people, especially after having been doing stuff all day. We won't get off the auto road until ~8:15PM, add 45 minutes to your place and it's 9PM. Would be a great place for an evening BBQ party though - perhaps a fire pit and some music?
It will have to be for the late nighters then.

Or maybe we could start heading to the mountain a bit earlier?

Either way, I'll be there with my buddy who's staying with me, and both our girlfriends. It is my girlfriend's grandfather's place, and I have only been there in the winter when EVERYTHING is covered in snow, so I'm not quite sure whats there to work with. I do know he has loads of tools and building supplies so I don't see why building a fire pit is out of the question. IIRC i think he has a chiminea out there we could have a nice fire in. Music is easy, as we will have a couple cars there to provide that. Beer is certainly going to be included as well. I'm going to give her grandfather a call to make sure there's a grill there and if I need a propane tank and ask about the chimenea. Worst case, if we cant build a fire outside, there is a beautiful fire place inside that we can use and the house has a pretty open platform so I could just leave the doors open.
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It will have to be for the late nighters then.

Or maybe we could start heading to the mountain a bit earlier?

Either way, I'll be there with my buddy who's staying with me, and both our girlfriends. It is my girlfriend's grandfather's place, and I have only been there in the winter when EVERYTHING is covered in snow, so I'm not quite sure whats there to work with. I do know he has loads of tools and building supplies so I don't see why building a fire pit is out of the question. IIRC i think he has a chiminea out there we could have a nice fire in. Music is easy, as we will have a couple cars there to provide that. Beer is certainly going to be included as well. I'm going to give her grandfather a call to make sure there's a grill there and if I need a propane tank and ask about the chimenea. Worst case, if we cant build a fire outside, there is a beautiful fire place inside that we can use and the house has a pretty open platform so I could just leave the doors open.
This is a sunset cruise. We'd be happy to move the time earlier if you can coordinate with the solar system and get it to cooperate with the change of plans.
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This is a sunset cruise. We'd be happy to move the time earlier if you can coordinate with the solar system and get it to cooperate with the change of plans.
I missed the "sunset" part. :banghead:

We could call it a "pre-sunset" drive lol

I guess it will be for the night owls then.

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The group drive on the Mt. Washington Auto Road has been CONFIRMED!

Anyone interested in participating in this event should log into the registration system at http://reg.tdifest.com and edit your registration to add this event. Remember to add it for each person in your party who wants to do the group drive, even if he/she is only a passenger.

Cancellation Policy: We will ONLY cancel the group drive in the event of unsafe weather conditions on the Auto Road, as determined by Auto Road staff.

Restrooms: Restrooms are only available at the base of the mountain. There will be no restrooms available at the summit, as the National Park building will be closed. Please plan accordingly.

Driving Restrictions: Our group will be lead by an Auto Road van and followed by an Auto Road van. The Auto Road encourages everyone to have fun, but please no speeding, showing off, or otherwise acting like a fool. The Auto Road is both challenging and dangerous, and it is not an appropriate place to practice your racing skills. Also keep in mind that the general public will be leaving the mountain (going down) while we are going up, as they are all required to leave the summit at 6:45 PM. I don't know how many people this will be, but be prepared to encounter some traffic as we ascend the mountain. Going down, it will be all ours.

Any questions? Let me know!
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The group drive on the Mt. Washington Auto Road has been CONFIRMED!
Registered and paid. Thanks for setting this up VD!
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Either way, I'll be there with my buddy who's staying with me, and both our girlfriends. It is my girlfriend's grandfather's place, ....I'm not quite sure whats there to work with. I do know he has loads of tools and building supplies so I don't see why building a fire pit is out of the question. ...Music is easy, as we will have a couple cars there to provide that. Beer is certainly going to be included as well. .......Worst case, if we cant build a fire outside, there is a beautiful fire place inside that we can use and the house has a pretty open platform so I could just leave the doors open.
Don't go volunteering a friends' relative's property and real estate on his behalf.
Get him to tell you it's ok before you invite a bunch of beer drinking internet chat unknowns to set fire to his land.
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