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So Siege77 and I hit the road around 8:30 this morning and had excellent weather and road conditions once we got a few miles north of Asheville. Cool but sunny all the way from Kingsport, TN to Circleville, OH, where I peeled off and he motored on toward Cleveland. I was home around 4:45 PM. A helpful hint: roads like US23 have 1/100th the number of trucks that I-75 and I-81 have. I had a great time and especially commend Stan and Throb on yesterday's choice of roads. It was also good to finally meet a few more forum members from beyond Alabama and Ohio. I hope all of your homeward travels were as uneventful as mine!

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I had a great ride Sunday morning back to Robbinsville, via a trip up 28 to the Gap and back down. The roads were wet, but I didn't get hit with a drop of rain. Cathy had fun trying to catch up with the truck behind me haha. After we dropped off the bike we drove to Helen for lunch, had some really good Jager Schnitzel. Then we took backroads to Savannah, then interstate back to Jacksonville, got home around 8:30 last night. It was a bit odd weather for our ROTR, but we found a way to make the most of it. Looking forward to ROTR 13.5 in the fall.
 

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I didn't get home until 10:30pm. There was a massive wreck between Atlanta and Macon so I sat on the freeway for 90 minutes with thousands of my close friends. The roads were wet from Maggie to Blairsville but not a drop of rain. All in all had a great week of riding, seeing old friends and meeting new ones. I am in for 13.5.
 

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I left the group at Deals Gap and rode a wet Dragon. Once off the mountain the sun was drying things out. My choice of route through eastern Tennessee sucked. I took 321 and it had some decent parts but a lot of turns and traffic that made it hard to stay on route and make time. I was also being chased for a few hours by a massive storm. I finally had to stop for gas and it caught up to me a few minutes after I got back on the road. Fortunately I only got dumped on by the northern tip of the storm for about 5 minutes. I finally said screw the route I was on and jumped on the interstate to Wytheville. Saturday morning in Wytheville brought 39 degrees. I waited until 10 when it was mid forties before leaving. I headed south to Hillsville and took 221 towards Roanoke but jumped on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Copper Hill. I rode the BRP all the way to Charlottesville. I was actually warmer in most spots up on the parkway than it was at lower elevations. Well except for the highest part at the northern end where it was maybe 4000 feet up. It was quite chilly up there. Once past Orange the fun roads pretty much ended. I did take my favorite route up through southern MD and it was nice except I was on full alert for deer. I did have 3 cross in front of me 20 miles from home. the first crossed about 100 feet in front of me and I was nearly stopped when the last 2 ran across about 20 feet in front of me. I pulled into the garage right around 9 pm. 665 miles from Deals Gap to my house. 1798 miles for the whole ROTR including 1 day with 0 miles due to rain.
 

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Left Saturday late morning at about 10:30 and went through the Dragon for the 6th time this trip. There was a threat of rain all day so I didn't stop or anything. The Dragon was busy and there were 2 speed traps so the speed was slow.

The rest of the trip I rode the slab to Lexington and then to Louisville in real quick time. 400 miles and home by 5:55 pm. I even paired up with 3 HDs for about 100 miles.

The trip was great but the rain made for only short runs of great riding and dropping my bike did put a damper on my mood. Oh well it was a safe drop anyway. Riding back through 28 to Fontana Dam there was a cruiser guy that crashed and slammed against a railing. Witnesses said he almost went over. I stopped to help and looked over the rail and it was a steep precipice of about 100 ft or so. He was lucky and not seriously hurt from what I saw.

Anyway got home, repacked and left for Florida (another 1100 miles to Boca Raton) the next morning at 4:30 and here I am. It's hot ~90 and humid but great for the beach.

Great seeing everyone and meeting new friends. I'll post pictures when I get back next week.
 
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