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#990810 - 06/29/17 12:52 AM Ride Home  
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My wife and I are heading out tomorrow morning, returning to Dahlonega via highway 28 through Franklin (lunch at Caffe Rel), then Highlands, down to Warwoman Road west to Clayton, then Tiger, a little bit of 197, and cutting west just north of Helen.



We expect to be home by 4:00 Thursday, and the temperature is supposed to stay below 80 all day really exceptional for this area at this time of year.

If you are heading south and/or west on the return ride, and need a place to stay Thursday (or Friday) night, let me know. There are many "entertaining" routes between Fontana Village and the west side of Dahlonega, some longer, some shorter.


Don't fix it if it ain't broke, don't break it if you can't fix it.
#990919 - 06/30/17 01:21 AM Re: Ride Home [Re: Selden]  
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Hope this isn't too late to do any good; but anyone planning to go North through downtown Cincinnati would do best to bypass the interstate bridge there. I was approaching the city around 1:30 this afternoon and traffic was backing up 10+ miles into Northern Kentucky. I took I-275 east and crossed the Ohio River upstream.


Larry
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#990973 - 06/30/17 04:12 PM Re: Ride Home [Re: Selden]  
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We got home at 2:30 yesterday, and the rain started, first light, then heavy, around 4:00. I can't believe our good fortune, as we made our room reservation last October.

Still room for guest(s) tonight, if you want to get out of the rain. We have a clothes dryer...


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#991012 - 07/01/17 02:20 AM Re: Ride Home [Re: Selden]  
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We, Tyler and I made it home around 6:30 pm today (Friday). Pulled out of Fontana around 6:30 AM or so. We had some rain showers after crossing the GA-NC border. Stopped for gas and breakfast in Clayton, GA and lunch in Louisville, GA. Another fuel stop in Reidsville, GA. Got into a few thunderstorms after crossing into FL, but other wise pretty normal ride home.
Thank you all for a great event.


Bernie
Jax, FL
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#991016 - 07/01/17 02:46 AM Re: Ride Home [Re: Bernie]  
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Mark and I left before 7:00 AM and to our respective homes safely approximately 11 hours later with one Cracker Barrel and 3 gas stops. Started with rain gear but had no rain to speak of. clap


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#991017 - 07/01/17 03:06 AM Re: Ride Home [Re: Selden]  
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I probably had enough rain for everyone at the UN. Left at 7am and arrived home at 5:30pm gaining an hour on the way. Took the dragon route and as soon as I hit 411 the rain started and mostly rained until halfway down MS at which point the temps climbed into the 90s. Still a great UN with 3 days of great rides and company. Thanks again Craig and crew.


Dave C
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#991028 - 07/01/17 11:35 AM Re: Ride Home [Re: DaveCinNO]  
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As Bob said above, we left at 6:47 yesterday (Friday), and I pulled up to my garage door at 5:35, after 568 miles. Again, no rain, but we did have our rain gear on for a number of hours. Turns out the green blobs on the weather radar were more like mist/drizzle, and we could have easily ditched the gear earlier.


Mark
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#991059 - 07/01/17 05:57 PM Re: Ride Home [Re: marcopolo]  
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I left Friday at just before 1:30 AM. Looked like I could get out before the rain hit, at least keep me from rain till I got to the main highways. I hit rain before I-75, but at least I was on good roads by then. Rain pretty much till I got into Mississippi a good ways. Riding the Dragon at night was really weird, leaning means you have NO light in some areas! Only met one car and that was on the other side of the Dragon. Rode I-59 to I-12 to I-10 to Houston. Stop and go traffic in Louisiana in a few places. Made it home just after 8:30! Just over 20 hours on the road with just fuel stops, couple stops to eat, 2-3 rest stop breaks. I have ridden several 800+ mile days. This was my first official 1000+ mile day! 1003 miles! Pic below shows that in "trip B", "trip A" was the entire trip. I went into West Virginia before coming back down to FVR for the UN. Top Speed was on a closed course with a professional rider, I was simply watching.


#991062 - 07/01/17 06:18 PM Re: Ride Home [Re: Selden]  
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well I did not make it home. My truck had an injector go bad, and local shop cannot complete repairs until Monday, maybe Wednesday. Stuck at Fontana Village until Monday for sure. Might have to stay until Wednesday.


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#991070 - 07/01/17 08:45 PM Re: Ride Home [Re: randy]  
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Originally Posted By: randy
well I did not make it home. My truck had an injector go bad, and local shop cannot complete repairs until Monday, maybe Wednesday. Stuck at Fontana Village until Monday for sure. Might have to stay until Wednesday.




Don't fix it if it ain't broke, don't break it if you can't fix it.
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