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We're here - and not without some adventures along the way. Left at 4 am and at the first fuel stop around 9, discovered that one of the left trailer tires was leaning and scrubbing off the inside tread in a hurry. Found that somehow, one of the leaf spring shackles on the dual axles had flipped upside down for some reason, no one knew why. Jacked up the axle and it flipped over, all good - right? Except that Don leaned in to look at what Matt was doing and put his hand on the top of the tire just as the jack was being let down, and got his last 2 fingers on his left hand squashed between the frame and the tire... had to let the air out of the tire and pry the body up just enough to get his fingers out. Not nearly as bad as it could have been. Oh yeah, then later the scrubbed off tire wore through to the steel belts and went flat so it had to be changed on the side of the interstate. :-? So, here we are, about 20th or so in line for tomorrow... (pictures later, my signal sucks right now, and the generator is being shut off in 5 minutes too)
 

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And a fun time was had by all...

Looks like it's going to be a hot one. In the 90s - still Summertime in Alabama.
 

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Here are a couple pics... not enjoying the mobile experience much, but it looks like I'll have to do pics this way

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Glad you made it there safely and yeah.... The older we are the less attractive "roughing it" becomes. I find I like my comfortable bed a lot more LOL.
 

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I'm arriving on Friday morning - riding my old Sportster the 100 miles or so down there. I have a cot reserved in a friend's tent for Friday night...yeah, I'm not a big fan of roughing it either, but the nearby hotels almost triple their rates during this weekend. Let's see...$300 a night, or a free cot in a big tent...:D
 

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Yep, I was in the top bunk in the trailer, we took out just enough stuff for me to sleep (fold-down bunk visible in the second picture) - not the easiest thing to get into with minimal overhead clearance and not the best lower back in the world, but it worked. I see the pictures uploaded okay, it never seemed to finish from the view on my phone. No wifi here, so I'm using my phone as a hotspot. We're signed in now, and waiting on them to let us go in and watch the "land rush"
 

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Yesterday was exhausting - sooo hot... between helping unload at the vendor spot and then at the campsite, then finally getting my outside sleeping area up, plus riding around a little in the afternoon - I was whupped by 8 pm. Got a nice long night of sleep, woke up to a pretty sunrise this morning and ready to watch the crowd flow in today. Got a few decent pictures yesterday afternoon, took a little video that will need to be edited and uploaded later. Gonna try to post a few pics from the phone after this, then hit the showers before the crowd gets too thick.

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The heat is ongoing, but a good night's rest and better hydration helps. Got a few more pics today, a nice shower and enjoyed the museum's new sections for an hour and a half (plus the air conditioning). I feel for the vendors getting here late, the picking is slim. It will get much more congested tomorrow when the public starts coming in. Nothing out of the ordinary for me today, had a few conversations every place I stopped and had probably the most relaxing day there'll be until Sunday afternoon. Pics from the phone in a while

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more on this later...

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my bike as viewed from a museum (as opposed to being in one)

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As much fun as it is riding around this place, I have to sit out tomorrow to let my face recover a little... can't keep sunscreen on my face because I sweat so much and everyone I talk to says it's a lot hotter than previous years (and I know it's hotter than 2016 when I was here last), so my face is almost lobster-like. Made a few laps around the grounds today, incoming public making more traffic, but more bikes to see and more interesting conversations to be had. Met up with Eddie (xulf13) this afternoon, had a nice conversation with him. So many more pics to post once I'm back home... here are a few for now (as soon as I can get them up with the phone).

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museum parking lot full of bikes

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the motorcycling crowd is still pretty trustworthy

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little explanation required :lol:

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Hey Tom, it was very good to meet you today. Your CB450 is even more amazing in person.

Too bad most people would rather check out my $5 scoot over your bike.

Yes today was very hot, I think I got heat/sun stroke. I’m nursing a bad headache right now,drinking plenty of water.






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Absolutely enjoyed meeting Eddie yesterday - and he did have a nice Razor to get around on :lol: also caught up with Dale (83XLX) at the North Alabama Vintage get-together, great to meet him too and got to see his Sportster. Talked to lots of friendly people, saw a bunch of nice bikes (and a few crazy ones that I'm sure he'll post pics of). Rode from shade to shade all day and lots of it in first gear, so many of the stops were for the bike as much as me. Sat at one of the gates and watched the amazing variety of bikes going by in a steady stream and like a dummy, didn't think to set the GoPro to catch some of it until the sun told me it was time to move on. :rolleyes: film at 11...

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Looks like a great time despite the heat. I wish this was closer to me.
 

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Tom, it was great to meet you yesterday and spend a while talking. I concur, your bike is a knockout in person and was a real crowd pleaser at the cookout. Sorry you're getting sunburned. Yes, it was hot (and humid) yesterday. This morning the dew was so heavy everything was either wet or damp, even stuff in the tent. Nothing like putting on damp clothes first thing in the morning. Anyway, I packed up and rode home this morning after breakfast (I bought a one-day pass). I'm now watching the Bama game on tv in the air conditioned comfort of my den...

When I download all the pics from my camera, I'll post a few.
 

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Looks like a great time despite the heat. I wish this was closer to me.
Don, it's a very cool experience despite the weather being hotter this year compared to 2016 when I came for the first time. There's so much to see and do that you can't possibly see it all in the 3 days. It's a shame you aren't closer... gotta find time to get there at least once eventually, you won't regret it. Everything is first-class.

Tom, it was great to meet you yesterday and spend a while talking. I concur, your bike is a knockout in person and was a real crowd pleaser at the cookout. Sorry you're getting sunburned. Yes, it was hot (and humid) yesterday. This morning the dew was so heavy everything was either wet or damp, even stuff in the tent. Nothing like putting on damp clothes first thing in the morning. Anyway, I packed up and rode home this morning after breakfast (I bought a one-day pass). I'm now watching the Bama game on tv in the air conditioned comfort of my den...

When I download all the pics from my camera, I'll post a few.
Thanks Dale - today was a little better, we had a few clouds and I managed my time in the shade better (translation - lots more traffic, less laps around the facility). I had a nice time with you guys last evening. I'm in a pop-up canopy with only 2 sides on it in our camp area at the end of the same road, and the sides facing east and south didn't let in too much dew... but the cover I bought for the bike worked great, if you don't count the dew that got inside the cover every night. Have to wipe the bike dry every morning and it's showing me a few nuts and bolts that I need to do a better job of rust cleanup and clearing again! I caught up with Chris (12ozPBR) this morning and we had a nice hour-plus conversation too, nice guy and looking forward to seeing his Bomber build get started soon. A few more pictures to follow...

it's a little warm around here

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My view from the campsite

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The morning of the last day... last time I was here, this day had a sadder note - but this time, I won't miss the weather, I have plenty of it back home. Still, this afternoon should be a lot more enjoyable as the crowd thins out and I can enjoy riding my 450 around the grounds at a more brisk pace :lol:

It's too bad I don't have an infrared camera... every event like this, there's always some numbnut that just doesn't get it - and if it had been daytime, you'd all have gotten the front row seat to his numbnuttiness. Last night after we ate supper, some guy decided he wanted to ride around the banked corner of the proving grounds test track right behind and below our camp. First, he rode around a barrier banner stretched across the track, then he got stuck in the infield grass (wet, I guess) and then tried to go under the banner at the opposite end of the blocked off area... epic fail. He didn't drop his bike, but he did everything else you could possibly do wrong including dragging the banner away for a minute before realizing what happened (despite a couple of our crew yelling to him about what he was doing). Tools are everywhere... unfortunately many aren't the kind that you can use to fix something
 

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Thought you Florida guys would be use to the heat along with the fist size bugs like the Pacific NW guys use to the wet. It is abnormally hot right now for this time of year. Normally here in Indy at this time of year the average high is in the mid 60's. Today is supposed to be 88. I'm ready for the cooler weather and the bike is also. Hope the trip was a good one. Looks like a lot of nice machinery there. Found a helmet to go along with your bike. Haha.
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