I also saw a billboard that told me Judgement Day was coming this May 21st. Lucky for us, we'll be home by then. I'd hate for Judgement Day to arrive while we were out on the road somewhere. We probably wouldn't be able to get good TV coverage.
We didn't try our winding two lane bypass around Bristol with the motorhome. Instead, we rolled on through the city on 81 to where it met I-26 and took the ramp to head south through Johnson City. I'd kicked in the Tow/Haul mode to use the engine braking as I took the ramp and forgot to turn it off until I noticed the aggressive down shifting on the grades. That is what I think has been hurting my fuel mileage and I switched it off as soon as I noticed. I've been managing the grades lately by adjusting the cruise control and it seems to be working a lot better.
On I-26 south of Johnson City, near Unicoi, Tennessee, they have resurfaced some of the road and it was so smooth it felt electric. We climbed the grade to the ridge separating Tennessee from North Carolina. Near the state line, we stopped at the Metcalf Overlook, a favourite spot, and had some lunch.
I hooked up but we had some trouble deploying the awning. It was the front end so wasn't related to the damaged parts. I got it unstuck after climbing up on a borrowed ladder and it worked fine after that. I unloaded the bike and checked the tires. Spot on. Then we went for a ride.
We followed the twisty and newly resurfaced US 19 to Cherokee where we turned north on US 441, stopping at the same Dairy Queen we were supposed to meet Heather and Tom at last year. Just after we pulled in, Dan from Dillard, Georgia and his wife pulled in on a Rogue (2000 Vulcan) accompanied by his brother on a VTX. We shared a table and talked awhile. Dan didn't know about VROC although he was a Riders of Kawasaki member. He knows about it now and that Vulcans will be in Maggie Valley in force next weekend, including famed moto-journalist Teri Conrad from ROK/Accelerate.
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