Hello Mr. Grean... to quote myself...
Replace the Tellico references with whatever area we are riding and Whitt Road with Hurricane Creek...
No fees, no signing up. The headcount mostly helps the owner to know how many to expect so he can plan his evening meals and such.
In short, this is a fine time for you to come ride with the group in Western NC.
I know nothing of this FB and Instagram you speak of.
"In case there are others with a similar question I will try to fill in as much of the blanks as I can...
The folks in the SE area, primarily Chuck, have been gathering in Tellico Plains for the last 12 or so years to do this ride. It really is a causal gathering of riders who want to hang out together. Most folks show up at the campground on Friday. In the morning if they can or evening if the have to work. Some will show up on Thursday for an Early Bird scouting type ride and others on Saturday. There isn't any fee or sign ups or anything like that. You show up and hang out. Folks will gather around and drink coffee, eat some food and talk. As you get to know the people, remember to ask the age old question, "What y'all gonna ride today?" There will be a group going to look for an OHV area or single track trails but most groups are looking for gravel roads and some easy/moderate trail riding. There are even groups that will be 100% asphalt all day. Your job is to interview as many riders as you can to determine which group you fit best into. We are a good group of folks who are ready to help anyone successfully climb a hill and once they get a pic, will help you pick up your bike. And remember most any ride will include some crossing water (Whitt Rd)
I'd say that if you are able to make it, come on up. If there are cabins left, you can get one of those and travel light, there is a lot of open area to throw out a tent, there are maybe 4 decent places to hang a hammock and they allow you to pull your vehicle down in the field if you want to camp out of it.
Worst case, you get to hang out with some folks and you decide you want to go out and explore on your own pace and pick your own roads.
Chuck has developed a scale of rideability. (lots of jokes about it) Roughly it is like this:
1 - easy roads, anybody can do them maintained gravel.
2 - a bit more rough but totally doable. less maintained, usually dead end type of roads that aren't traveled much
3 - rougher, not much maintenance if any. looser gravel and some rocks.
4 - rougher more and uphill/downhill with looser rocks. untravelled by most vehicles; single track but still doable on a KLR with a skilled rider
5 - single track, large rocks, steep inclines, probably shouldnt be done on a KLR
(this is where chuck gets the ribbing - he is quite skilled on a KLR - his 3's are mere mortal's 5's)"