2020 Model T Ford
Hi everyone, we are now within a few weeks of meeting in Gainesville, Florida! There are several things to discuss:
Weather: probably 50's over night and '70's during the warmest part of the day. Historically it's dry, but our weather patterns are changing, so bring comfortable clothes.
Arrival / Parking: Plan your route to arrive via I-75, exit 390. The Gateway Grand is NORTH and WEST of this intersection. If arriving from the north, turn RIGHT off the exit ramp. If arriving from the south, turn LEFT off the exit ramp.
Gateway Grand arrivals: turn RIGHT at the first intersection (there's a gas station on the right) and proceed to the hotel entrance on the left. You will be greeted in front of the Entrance Canopy and allowed to pull out of the way momentarily to unload luggage before being directed to park your rig. Other volunteers will be in the parking lot(s) to assist in getting settled. You could be directed to one of three areas, based on your length and space available. Please see the following satellite view for a visual: Hotel, Traffic flow. Throughout our stay, please use only one parking space in the main parking lot. There isn't room for your "T" and tow vehicle. We have released some rooms and there will be other guests so please be respectful of their right to a parking place. RV Campsite: turn LEFT on the road across from the gas station and proceed to the end of this street. There is limited parking on the right in front of the last storage building, but you must leave room for a weekly trash pick up. The majority will be in a grass lot on the left. Please see the following satellite view for a visual: RV Map. We will have someone there periodically, but feel free to go ahead and get settled. Please help others as they arrive. You should come over to the Gateway Grand to pick up your registration materials in your "T," since the parking lots will be too tight to accommodate your Motor home and trailer.
Traffic: Only one tour day will we turn left onto the street you experienced when exiting I-75. It's quite busy, so we will have police assistance. The same is true on Friday when we depart. We will have police assistance then too, to allow you to pull out safely with your trailers. Throughout the week we attempt to keep you off major arteries and on more enjoyable country roads, but at times we must, so our apologies in advance. DON'T block! If faster traffic comes up behind you, then please get over and wave them by. Let them pass! We don't have a deadline or job, so let them get around without annoyance. A wave, smile and toot might make the difference, kindness versus anger.
Swap Meet: We heard interest again! So, plan to sell or buy "treasures" on Wednesday afternoon in the main grass parking lot on the north side of the Gateway Grand. 4:00 pm should work well, after our relaxed 68 mile day.
Newbie Orientation: Nearly all new people are arriving on Saturday, so plan on meeting Sunday morning at 9:00 am. Meet in the lobby and we'll find a quiet room nearby. Assume it'll last 30 minutes and won't interfere with either shakedown route.
See you soon!
Steve & Jill, plus
all the volunteers!