In response to Debbie, Adam and I had mentioned the Land Between the Lakes area last week if the group wanted a good scenic tour, but it is 2 lane for the length of the road which stretches from Grand Rivers, KY to Dover, TN and may not fit the speed of the Run. Downtown Paducah, KY also has adequate parking with nice resturants and I believe the city would be willing to accomodate us. Just a suggestion for a stop if the run needs a place, if it runs through this area.
I also am in agreement and love the beach, along with multiday stops. I much enjoy the cruising, but with so many cars, we got split very easily and it seemed that the speed limit wasn't anything less than 80 for most of the time, which slaughtered some people in fuel. Maybe a beach stop with a 3 day lay-over would be cool.
I like the idea of keeping the Bandit Run as it's own entity. Blending with other events takes a bit away from the run in my opinion as I could easily enjoy meeting all the Bandit Runners during the trip and I could chat with them again the following day, something not done as effortless during big shows/events.
The suggestion of staying at one place and doing some day runs is a unique thought that I like. It gives you a chance to empty the car and really go for a relaxing cruise without worrying about getting up at 6AM the next morning and burning hard for 300 miles to the next hotel. The key to this would be a good location with very good roads and scenic routes. The Smokey Mountains (Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge) comes to mind here, with multiple options for day outings.
I'm more than willing to help if any info is needed from my area, but will still attempt make the trip, regardless of the route.