Hey everybody! Had a blast. Here are some pictures. There were not that many, hard to shoot and drive.
Head of the dragon. I-71 318 miles and 11 turns.
Biltmore Estate. WOW is all I have to say.
Betzy at lookout on Monday.
Accommodations were great, very hospitable hosts.
Colors were displayed...Nico and put-put..
taking a quick 5 minute rest after running the dragon.
At Clingman's Dome
Out the window shot...Blue Ridge Parkway
Out the window...backwards.
A few more pictures here
http://s536.photobucket.com/albums/ff32 ... ?start=all
I drove the Dragon on Monday morning with Daryl. It was raining, but not too bad.
I then I headed up to Knoxville and the skies opened up and it started to pour. Everything pretty well turned to poo after that. Visibility was next to nothing as my front and back window defog was not installed. The windows fogged over, except for where the rain was pouring in on me around the window seal. I kept wiping the window to see out, but had no way of reaching the rear window. Maxspeed 30MPH. Torrential rain. I ended up with about 1/4 inch of water on the floor. Then... the engine started acting up, cutting out and bogging down. I pulled into a Shell station and poked around trying to find out WTF was going on. I noted that the electric fan was running, when it should have died with the ignition. I pulled the relay and killed it. I decided to camp out for the night and let the weather pass. That way I could let things dry out and think about what to do.
Long story short version is that there were a few un-used holes in the fender close to the electric fan relay. When I was driving through standing water, the water was spraying up and into the control and shorting out the box, which also had the ignition circuit wire going to it to enable the fan only while running. I duct taped the holes shut and that fixed the problem. Good thing I had the essentials.
Made it home this afternoon. Beer time!