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Glad things worked out. That Niagara Mohawk building is a stunner! Way over the top! I will have to visit that someday.
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It's Gone!


Affordable Tree Service has taken down the rotted tree in the back yard. It is now in firewood sized pieces on the ground. I no longer have to worry about it coming down on my house; or worse, my next door neighbor's house.

Oh boy; am I happy!

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Looks like a lotta tree! Silver Maple?
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Some variety of poplar. It had been hit by lightning about 8 years ago, and that started the bottom of the trunk rotting. If I hadn't had it taken down, it would have fallen within a year, the tree service told me as they pointed out the areas that were rotted internally.
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Age it and use it in the fire pit or better yet to heat the house.
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Haven't thought about the Syracuse Dinosaur since I was up that way in the Army. That place was tasty.
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I wrote the following Snippet a couple of days ago, but the WiFi at the Iron Horse Lodge was so bad, I couldn't post it:


At The Meet & Greet.


I left Cheviot yesterday morning and immediately hit stopped traffic as soon as I got on I 75. Once I got through town, speeds picked up to normal, even though the traffic remained pretty heavy. I only missed turns a couple of times; once in Murvil (Maryville), TN and once on Rt. 28. The second mistake wasn’t all bad; I wound up riding over the top of the Fontana Dam. It’s impressively large, and there are lots of high tension power lines leading away from it.

I eventually found the Iron Horse Lodge and was immediately met by a member of the XL forum who recognized me. Actually, he recognized the Roadster with its Hepco & Becker bags and concluded that I must be Crusty. That started the introductions. Since I have that weird memory condition where I have a lot of trouble remembering people’s names (sometimes I’ll blank out on someone’s name who I’ve known for years), I’m not even going to try to list everyone. However, by the time I went to bed, there were 18 of us. I think.

This morning, a large group of us went and rode the Cherohala Skyway to Tellico Plains for lunch. Brad on Badweb raves about some bakery in Tellico Plains, but I couldn’t remember the name of it. Still, we found a good quality restaurant and increased their business for a day. I got a roast beef sandwich with grilled onions and peppers and it was both huge and very tasty. It was big enough that I’m going to skip dinner this evening.

After we left the restaurant, the large group split up into smaller segments. Some folks were going north to ride the Foothills Parkway and some were going to ride back on the Cherohala, and I don’t know where the rest were heading.

I really don’t enjoy riding in a group any more. I used to; and I had a few friends that I’d travel with almost every week, but as time passed, I’ve come to prefer to ride alone. Once the group of Sportsters started breaking up, I decided to do likewise and rode back to the campground by myself. There has been a 60% chance of rain here, and I rode over some patches of wet pavement, but it never rained on me. It was interesting; the road would be completely wet for a couple of hundred yards, then it would be bone dry for a stretch, then wet again. I zipped the tent fly before I left this morning, so all my sleeping gear should be dry. There are still clouds of variable density overhead, so it still might cut loose at any time. The Roadster is parked under a roofed motorcycle parking area, so it should be OK.

I have to say that it’s exceptionally beautiful around here. The roads are very twisty and the pavement is good. It’s a magnificent place to ride a motorcycle.

Anyhow, I took a few pictures, but I won’t be able to share them until I get back home. One reason is that I can’t download them from the camera to this computer. The other reason is that the WiFi here keeps going away. I doubt that I’ll be able to post this Snippet until it sorts itself out. I hope it starts working right soon.
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