Lisa and I arrived home after a ten-hour drive from Robbinsville. The trip probably should have been 8 hours, but with taking a long time to go across the Cherohala Skyway on the way home and a big traffic tie-up north of Knoxville (never did figure what that was all about) it turned into 10 hours.
We had a great time. Some highlights for me, personally:
1. Getting Jpegs and Mick-o-Pegs installed.
2. Riding lots of curvy roads.
3. Putting bmwlt.com faces with names: Dave Dragon, Don Norwood (great job, Don!), Lynn Keen (sans
suit), David Major, and many other members.
4. Getting lost in a three-LT ride between the Cherohala and the Dragon, with ONE of us having a GPS! When the road turned to gravel and we heard banjo music we turned around and found someone to ask directions from.
5. Seeing lots of LTs: different models, different colors, different farkles, different mods. Getting tours of the same by their proud owners; all very educational and interesting.
6. Getting asked questions about the LT by young turks riding sport bikes.
7. Riding the Cherohala Skyway with FredR (Fred Rosenbaum) and Tarheel Rider (Joel), two LT riders and both good guys. It rained the whole way but we had a good time. Following them later in the day I found it easier to "pick up the pace", and although I couldn't keep up with Joel I think Fred and I had a nice ride from Deal's Gap back to the Iron Horse on route 28 after Joel left Deal's Gap for home.
8. Picking up lots of tips and and safety/performance/riding tips from Susan Galpin, LD rider extraordinaire. She spoke Thursday and Friday evenings after dinner.
I would say that riding the Dragon was not
a highlight. It's nice to say I've done it, but IN MY OPINION it's highly overrated. Well-known? Of course. Popular? Without a doubt. Difficult? You bet, especially for me. I'll take route 28 and other nearby roads any day of the week over the Dragon. Lots more fun, I think, than dodging those @#$% Honda S2000s that were all over the Dragon yesterday.
Saw a few LTs on the way home: 2 or 3 went by the Microtel in Robbinsville as I was loading up, and 1 passed me on I75 near Knoxville. Don't know who that was, but I gave you a big wave, and saw you turn around and look at my LT on a trailer.
Glad I went to STC, and glad to be home!