Two of us started tuesday from charlotte NC on mixed set of tracks and are now in Monteagle TN. Has rained last two days making big bikes challenging on Sam's new tracks in far west NC and far east TN. But was really just because we are fully loaded GS guys and only involved slipping/sliding and a bit higher water than normal. Nothing dramatic. Anybody on a light bike or not riding in the pouring rain/mud should be fine. Locals very friendly throughout. Tellico does not seem to be really open for the season in terms of restaurants, but we found a good spot to stay at The Lodge at Tellico. Nice folks. Also recommending Smoke House Trading Post in Monteagle (especially good for those with low cholesterol, whoever they are).