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Memorial Weekend trip to OBX and the Dragon. - May 29, 2009, 03:08 PM

This Memorial weekend I rode out to the Outer Banks to hang out with some friends, then headed west to ride the Dragon. I got rained on about half the time but it was an awesome trip! Here are some pics.

Day 1. Beginning mileage (give or take 10-12 miles...I forgot to check when I first left)


Arriving in the OBX. Took 28 to 17 to NC. Even being Memorial Day weekend at prime time travel, there was no traffic and it was a great ride.


The end of the northern beaches. Beyond this point are no paved roads....just sand to get to the houses past.


Day 2. Packed up to leave the OBX and head west to TN.


The ride during the first part of NC was awesome. I went south down the Outer Banks to 64. 64 was really nice with great scenery and lots of cool bridges. I needed to make good time though so I hit up I-40 once 64 intersected it. I-40 is not fun.


Storm clouds forming once I hit 74. 74 is beautiful and very scenic. Then it started raining hard. 74 weaves up and down mountains, so when it was pouring, it looked like a river was flowing down as I was trying to go up it. That was an interesting ride to say the least with all the big trucks completely enveloping me in water spray.


Somewhere on 28 in NC. I thought it was a nice view. As soon as I crossed this bridge, the fog was ridiculous. You couldn't see more than 10 ft in front of you. Smokies were living up to their name.


A scenic shot on 28. A break in the rain. One minute it would be black skies and pouring down, the next bright and sunny.


Arriving at Deals Gap. 10 hours. 600 miles.


I figured screw it...I'm bone tired but I'm here, so let's do this! Rode the dragon a couple times while I had some daylight. It was still raining and the roads were slick, but I couldn't wait until morning.


The end of the Dragon. They say 318 curves in 11 miles. I actually clocked it a little above 13 miles, but who's counting?


Day 3. Nice and rested. Got a few more runs in on the Dragon. These were taken by one of the photograph companies.




Time to say goodbye. A shot of the 129 highway sign on my way out.


A pit stop in Blacksburg on my way home. Had to say hi to the alma mater.


End mileage. 12 hours riding on Day 3. 1600 miles over 3 days. I think I slept for 20 hours straight after that.


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May 29, 2009, 04:46 PM

I think the impressive part is you rode that far and your Ducati didn't break down!!!

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May 29, 2009, 04:54 PM

Ha. Funny you should mention that Jaxxx. As soon as pulled into my driveway, the Duc sprung a leak. I have to retighten all the bolts this weekend.


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