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PCD, 3000km drive home (warning: tons of f80 austin yellow pics)

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Having just logged 3000kms over 6 days on the return portion after PCD, I thought it best to strike while the iron is hot and get stuff jotted down. Bear with me as this will be nothing short of photo whoring at it’s finest, along with some discombobulated annotations through-out it all. Objective was simple: drive, don’t get incarcerated, fill tank, repeat. I also apologize for verb tense, chronology, and participles. This was compiled over the entire duration of my wait.

The part few enjoy



Back in December I compiled a list of BMW dealers located in New England for the most part, but also a few from the south, the midwest, and the California ones that everyone raves about. All said, it took the better part of a night with a few glasses of scotch before having a respectable list of 35 dealers. From here I went ahead and drafted up my proposal email and started filling up inboxes.

I was prepared for a low response rate since my email was extremely thorough and to the point. I imagine many of the internet sales consultants opened it and deleted it just as quick. I can’t say I blame them. If I work off commission and I’m after units sold, I would probably come off as difficult (read: not a sucker) and move right along to the next easy MSRP customer. Shockingly, I never did receive a note back, not even an automated one, from the California dealers. Even if they could not entertain my offer, it was a disappointment to not even get a ‘thank you’ for considering them. Of the 35 dealers I emailed, 8 replied. Five of them never went further than the auto-generated response promising to follow-up with me during business hours. Talk about being in for the long haul.

We all know the song and dance of negotiating so I will omit this portion. I’ll also omit my experience with the dealer in person and after signing papers. It was that bad.

The part everyone secretly enjoys



While we read time and time again how much the waiting and delays irritate us to no end, there is a certain sick joy we derive from it. The screen shows the incorrect car day after day, hour after hour. No amount of refreshing changes it to resemble the one we ordered. And when all hope is lost, after another awful night of
sleep, we log in like pre-programmed zombies to find the build has changed.



Hell f’ing yes. What a sense of accomplishment we feel. Literally, we did nothing but stare at a screen. But, that doesn’t stop us from letting out a big satisfying sigh of relief. Did we just save the Kingdom of Eternia? No, but we pumped our rowdy fists like


For that brief moment, we went from Prince Adam to He-man. And our pixelated M’s transformed into Battle Cat. What a grand 30 seconds. If your vehicle profile won’t update, try deleting your production number and re-entering it.



Lucky for me, my car profile image changed a few days before the M went into production. Everything was on track for the late April, early May PCD. Objective was to avoid holidays, historically rainy months, large town festivals, anything that could make an already unpredictable road trip more worrisome than necessary. And if I could avoid timeframes where there was increased highway/parkway patrols, then I’m all for it. This made it even more of a priority to block out the holidays and festivals. However, after driving through unscathed, I would definitely love to catch the festivals and county fairs. These areas have a vibe like nowhere else I’ve been.

The part where a route is determined

I use ridewithgps quite extensively for planning bicycling routes and such. I attempted to use google maps but did not find it nearly as sophisticated as rwgps. Odd indeed. Perhaps it was user error, but my efforts were in vain, so I went back to what I was familiar with. The route was planned around myself and my guest. For myself, there were only a few things I wanted: fun driving roads, spots to hike, and bizarre roadside attractions. For my guest: hole in the wall restaurants, country stores, and a few spa visits. We have tons of overlap in interests, so I’ll omit for the sake of brevity. With the help of google maps street view, I was able to route around some roads that rwgps initially picked, but later found out to be gravel. The exact roads I’d be searching out on my bicycle, but roads I’d try and avoid if possible in the new car.



The way I would utilize the route is quite archaic. I would print out a cue sheet, clip it all into a binder, and highlight all the key information like accommodations, gas stations, food, scenic areas, and so forth. (Funny sidenote about highlighters: in grade school I would stockpile the orange ones. In my mind, I was saving them for special things to highlight, something worthy of the orange, but those portions of text never came. So, after the end of every year, I’d have a dozen orange highlighters, dry as a desert.) I also transferred the route as a .tcx file for the Garmin and could use it in the car for turn-by-turn directions, exactly as I would if I were on a bike. I also used the rwgps app, which also gives me turn turn-by-turn, but there were areas I did not have a cell phone signal, so was glad to have the Garmin unit. ( I later found out I could save the information so it would be available should signal go out. Oops) It worked out flawlessly. Guest was engaged and helped with the navigation and that kept both of us more aware of our surroundings and environments. I can see the allure of traveling by nothing more than a paper map and a bearing. It was pleasantly relaxing to obtain information from physical media rather than a giant sat nav screen.

That’s not to say the GoPro wasn’t running. The first half of the drive back emphasised driving roads. Twisty, full of elevation changes, and packed with switchbacks. In rwgps, I marked the roads to show where to turn on the camera, and where to turn it off. Having the GoPro app on the phone made it really easy to control. The only issue was battery life, but I stocked up on those as well as memory cards beforehand. Also, used a 3 port 12v charger for the outlet located in passenger cabin, which I used to keep batteries and such topped-off. Running through the car was an audio cable for the external mic and one too many strips of gaffers tape. Tons of chaos, but well worth it, I hoped.

Having the route and itinerary planned was my biggest priority. Once this was relatively acceptable, I turned my attention to items I would bring with me on the flight down. The most humorous (pathetic) amount of time was sucked up by my search for EZ Pass velcro.



90 minutes later on Amazon and I finally ordered the $6 pack of strips. To add insult to injury, around the 60 minute mark I read a review that said velcro was free at EZ Pass service centers. All my searching wasn’t going to be for naught, so I stubbornly continued on, making sure I did not order the one with the snarky review.



Pssh. The only other item I made sure to pack was the ol’ radar detector and plenty of underwear. I figured I’d have a few pucker moments that would require a change of shorts.



One unit for me, another for a friend. Mine was exchanged in April for another due to GPS sensor failure. Glad it happened before the trip. Bummed it happened at all.

Last minute, I realized I needed to ride a bike whilst down there. I won’t try and be an evangelist, but a bike ride makes everything that much better. It’s like dipping your feet in a cool mountain stream and getting gold nuggets stuck in between your toes.

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A bit of googling landed me on a retailer in an area that looked quite promising. I’d ship my bike down a week early, have them re-assemble and ship it back afterwards. Since all the driving was on paved roads, it only made sense to find all the gravel I could find in a 4 hour loop. I wanted trails and roads that would almost be 27.5” territory, but not impossible on 700c.

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Again, google maps paired with rwgps did not disappoint. Within 30 minutes, I had myself a nice ride planned out of and back into Harrisonburg, VA. The pie in the sky hope was that I could get some dirt and mud in the ride. It didn’t really matter, as long as I was on a bike, life was going to be grand. Getting a break from all the driving would be a welcome change and one of the only ways I’d have of burning off all the food consumed.

Game plan looked a bit like this. Whether it would resemble the actual drive was anyone’s guess.
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7096061 Day 1
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7189492 Day 2
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7096184 Day 3
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7096240 Day 4
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7096319 Day 5
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7096367 Day 6
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7358836 Bike loop

The part where I try to become a competent hiker

I had two hikes planned for the trip. One would be an easy stroll up Lover’s Leap outside of Hot Springs, NC with my guest. The other would be up Profile Trail, a western approach of Grandfather Mountain near Linville, NC, then working my way back to Swinging Bridge and the parking lot, where my guest would meet me. When winter breaks, I am generally on my bicycles. This hiking thing would be a whole new ordeal and eat up lots of saddle time.

Youtube has a few videos on the trails throughout Grandfather, and I knew immediately I’d have to sack up and drop my fear of heights. No better time to do so than when thousands of miles from home, right? So weekends leading up to PCD were set aside for hiking excursions. South of Boston around Milton there is a small area known as Blue Hills Reservation where I got my feet wet.



It didn’t help matters that there was still snow all over in April. If trying to navigate around and get used to a 50lb pack wasn’t enough, the snow was sure to get the best of me.

Eventually the snow disappeared and left nary a mud puddle. This only proved that falling now would be even more painful. No snow to cushion the ol butt and knees. There were lots of interesting things one ponders when completely out of shape, but I couldnt help but wonder how all these rocks looked like actual steps. Were they chiseled to be this formation?



All sorts of neat treasures were sitting out in the woods. This view out of Eliot Tower looking back into Boston wasn’t terrible.



I was worked over pretty good by the time I got here. There isn’t more than a few hundred feet of elevation gain throughout the loops, so I loaded up the pack and treated myself like a mule many hikes over. I could only hope it pays off. New Hampshire would have been great for more challenging terrain, but it would have been at least 4 hours of driving time alone. Bleh.

The part PCD is confirmed

Original request was to take delivery in late April. With the winter storms that rolled through, and no end to the nasty road conditions in sight, I decided to try and push the date back a few weeks. I called up my CA and told him I wanted mid-May. A few weeks went by and once the vehicle went into production, I received confirmation of my requested date.

They (the folks at the Performance Center) send along some literature to read over regarding the structure of the day, accommodations, a paper going over tax law, and another where they collect your travel information.



This last form they explicitly tell you not to return to them until you’re within a 3 week window of delivery. When planning accommodations, mentioning BMW PC will get you corporate rates at select locations. I took them up on that offer. Once at the Marriott (comp’d the night prior to delivery). I wanted to do The Biltmore, but of course corporate rate availability was booked up by the time the 3 week window rolled around. meh.

Since I’d be well over the 1200 mile service by the time I returned home, I decided to make an appointment with a dealer in Sterling, VA. I called them a month from the appointment date and was relieved at the aspect of the service being done when it should. I would not have to cut any corners in my drive and could just enjoy mile after blissful mile. I called them a week prior to delivery date, and they did not have any record of my appointment. Annoyed for sure, but the SA made the appointment and was apologetic enough about the mistake.

Then a thread popped up regarding how soon the 1200 mile service needed to be done. Replies were all over the board, so I threw caution to the wind and canceled the appointment. Why did the chicken cross the road, and all that, right?

In a nutshell, I imagine my preparations are inline with with many of yours. We can fast-forward and let the photos explain all the dopeness that follows the agonizing ordering process. I can’t stress enough to just roll with the punches once you land at GSP. If you dealt with a comical dealership, your nightmare is over. You are there to pick up a car and enjoy arguably some of the finest roads east of the Mississippi on your respective drives home. There’s going to be traffic. There’s going to be some wrong turns. There’s going to be folks that never left the south, but don’t let any of that stop you from loving the adventure. And most importantly, you are a guest of these wonderful states. Don’t be a D. A quick rundown of my timeline leading up to delivery.

07 February placed order
05 March production started, 18 March estimated completion
14 March Entered body shop
17 March Entered paint shop
18 March Released to port of exit
20 March At port awaiting shipping vessel
26 March Aboard Galveston Highway
12 April Arrived Port of Charleston
14 April VPC
15 April Started Workorder
27 April Released to Waggoners Trucking


The part where you see photos, courtesy of the awesome folks of PCD

On 6 May, the team at the Performance Center sent me an email. Attached were 3 photos of my soon to be lovingly abused F80. I’ve been fuming over my experience with the dealership, so this small gesture by the folks in South Carolina went a long way. Still to this day, I’ve never run across this color/chassis style combo in Boston, so it is still refreshing to see.







Being a part-time neurotic, I started freaking out about the orange markers on the hood. No other vehicle had these. So, in my over-imaginative mind I concluded that quite simply, Doomsday was nigh. My car would have gremlins and be a complete lemon, leaving me stranded smack dab in the middle of running Tail of the Dragon. After a quick bike ride, I forgot all about it.
And then it was delivery weekend.

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the shuttle from the airport to hotel was an x5. it's a short drive, maybe 12 minutes. one thing to keep in mind if you're staying at the hotel a few days is that the bmw shuttle seems to serve the entire hotel. there were a few times we called and they were backed up 3 or 4 hours.
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urban sprawl. jump on the interstate to get to other side of town
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decent rooms overlooking the pool area. really nice view at sunrise
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the 3 mules on shuttle duty until their mileage is up
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interesting tree located in falls park on the reedy, right in downtown greenville
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this sign looks new, and unfortunate. why people feel the need to carve up a tree baffles me
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reedy river was flush with activity over the hot weekend. im not sure if it's clean enough to really swim in, but it didnt stop many folks from jumping in. it's a very relaxing space to be sure
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on the outskirts of town was a funnel cake shop. it might seat 5 people inside and also has outside tables. would recommend if you're making a family vacation out of pcd
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new vette. there was a parade that went through town on sunday and they must have invited the vettes and mustangs
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#lightbro
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local hs bands also participated. they all sounded great
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view of the falls. can see all the kids and families playing around, trying to stay cool
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the bridge connecting either side of the reedy
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small benches and flower arrangements litter the park
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sun singled-out this couple enjoying what i imagine is the more recently developed part of greenville
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i cant remember the restaurant in this building, but it wasn't bad
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this view was provided by what might have been an old mill, that was gutted and is now used for public events and just open space in general
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picked up car with 12 miles on the books
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there was a student that did a project resulting in all these little brass mice all over downtown. a fun activity if you have young kids to find all of them
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michelin office
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while everyone rode the giant shuttle van over for pcd, my guest and i were taken by the x5. it's maybe another 12 minute ride over to the facility
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greenville. appropriately named
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a little psa
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the dudes
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after the morning track driving exercises, the instructors took out anyone that wished for a hotlap. no m5's, they used f80's this day
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my car was right at the entrance. i was the youngest person taking delivery and i think the color made a majority of the older participants gag a bit
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i didnt waste much time finding the good stuff. got a bit sidetracked at first, but got it sorted in short order. hit pockets of rain on and off on monday so took it easy
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this is my kinda place. convenience store with a restaurant inside
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pic for memory's sake
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this was a pull-off right near a giant dam. dumping rain
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same spot as 32

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wanted to drive back and see what was there, but restricted entrance. their cool covered bridge would have to do
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i wish i had more time to make a good photo here. i guess the highway actually went behind the waterfall until not too long ago
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where the wild things are
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a couple peeks through another waterfall. this is just a few miles from the bridal one
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this was a really odd area and i wasn't sure what to make of it. it's the very end of highway to nowhere. there's a wiki and other info on it.
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this was towards the beginning of the highway to nowhere
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private parking spot. early morning light
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stayed at watershed cabins for a night. for only 200 bucks, it's a decent place to stay. the drive to the cabin itself is more x5 than m3. steep, loose rocks in parts, and not exactly smooth. no regrets though
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not that the roads down there get bad, but they were redoing a big portion of backroad. instead of a victory lap at the welt, we were lead out by this guy.
IMG_8899 by roger k, on Flickr

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nice coffee shop with a giant portafilter out front. drinks were good, but their scales must have been off. my pourover was literally pouring over the floor, table, everywehre
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my jam. this place tossed two buckets at you when you sat down. one full of peanuts, the other to throw away the shells. or spit out your tobacco. or use as a booster seat
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pull-off on grandfather mountain
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clouds steaming up the treeline
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near the crest of grandfather mountain. this switchback was mouthwatering. could almost mistake the view for a proper euro pass
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50 shades of green
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i imagine autumn in this area is eye porn
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up at the top, looking back at the hairpin
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the best light is from a storm system
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small homestead in north carolina. 4 minutes after taking this photo, i got tagged by a statie. wide open highway, visibility for miles, zero traffic, and cited 12 over psl. whatever
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little reprieve after a crazy backroad route. ordered a burger and she fired them up on a grill outside. would recommend.
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the garmin system i was using to stay on a predetermined course. did not add too much clutter
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lurking in shadows. these old barns/sheds/buildings are all over the place. just gorgeous
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amazingly beautiful lumber. i was in awe
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mabry mill. quick hit and run of a tourist spot. only reinforced how lazy i am. i would never have the energy to build this
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the water collection chutes
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more grandfather mountain. can see sunshine trying to blast through the clouds
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spotted this guy while eating at mokomandy in sterling, va. food was hit or miss, but the bartender was on point. if i remember correctly it was phil
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nothing but blue skies up near little switzerland
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kids paradise. sodas of all flavors, and icecream, hotdogs, and other treats. my main reason to stop in this town was citizen frederick. nice people inside, limited selection. was hoping to find awesome local denim. no dice
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grandfather again
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one sick puppy
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kinda fond of this spot it seems
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front wheel gap is massive. rear didnt look bad with about 80lbs of luggage in back
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open breakfast area at lakeview fontana
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steps look like red velvet cupcakes
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more rustic wood and a small breakfast arrangement
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nothing but fresh mountain air and colorful flowers
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more awesome
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another neat gas station / country store. get gas in a major town. it was about 3.80 out in the sticks for 93
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found one of the bridges of madison county
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hiking around lovers leap, almost ran into this guy's hard work
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and this dude was just living large
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best view in the house
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you can sorta see the bridge that you have to walk across to get to this side of the river
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part of the appalachian trail system
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one of hundreds of churches
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but this might be my favorite.
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another reclaimed lot of land
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small portion of blue ridge parkway


but wait, there's more!


driving up grandfather mountain


skyline drive. it will test your limits, not the cars


another amazing backroad through virginia...i think


trail hollow road in tennessee. visual feast


highway 28 and tail of the dragon


memorial weekend, exactly what i was trying to avoid


that's not to say i didnt get the most bs ticket during my trip. nc, 12mph over psl. worst ticket i've ever received.

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waiting on youtube.....

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Nice pics! Thanks for sharing. Seems that PCD delivery could be worth the trip some day, after ED.
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Nice pics! Thanks for sharing. Seems that PCD delivery could be worth the trip some day, after ED.
thanks!
the delivery day itself goes by pretty quick.
i suppose it depends on your personality, but i was ready to go after the driving exercises. the area itself is a goldmine of driving and outdoor activities

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Nice AY I have not seen one yet in the real world
mine was the first f80 ay i've seen as well in person. i was relieved it wasnt atrocious
on the entire drive back up, i did not run across a single f8x.

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Did you walk the sky bridge?
i did. i feel like im missing something, is it haunted??

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thanks! it's definitely a good time as long as you can avoid the fuzz
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Roger, this is NUTS! I love the write up! Nothing short of genius! Beautiful and very creative pictures as well!

Man, you know how to do road trips!!!
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This should be featured on the front page! Awesome awesome write up! Looks like you had a blast man!
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Brilliant read that! Stunning car and superb pictures!!
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wow, great post! I really enjoyed all that. Congrats on the new car and enjoy in good health!
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Congrats, and glad you finally got the car!!

Where were you when I was planning my road trip following PCD?? Driving through the Smokies was such a great experience... to my surprise I saw MANY more cops in Greenville proper than I did in the mountain roads (TOTD etc.)

I'm also curious as to what your dealership experience was like.
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Roger, this is NUTS! I love the write up! Nothing short of genius! Beautiful and very creative pictures as well!

Man, you know how to do road trips!!!
thanks man, just trying to do the trip justice. still doesnt hold a candle to your write-up!


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This should be featured on the front page! Awesome awesome write up! Looks like you had a blast man!
it was fantastic. hopefully be seeing you around at some sort of f8x meet or drive

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Brilliant read that! Stunning car and superb pictures!!
thank you! i'm glad you enjoyed all the rambling

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wow, great post! I really enjoyed all that. Congrats on the new car and enjoy in good health!
if good health is gauged by points on insurance, i have that covered in spades

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Congrats, and glad you finally got the car!!

Where were you when I was planning my road trip following PCD?? Driving through the Smokies was such a great experience... to my surprise I saw MANY more cops in Greenville proper than I did in the mountain roads (TOTD etc.)

I'm also curious as to what your dealership experience was like.
thanks man! your photos sealed the deal with my color choice. i didn't have too many issues with leo until getting further north. certainly will avoid highways altogether next time around and stick to backroads.

the dealership experience is a word: bullocks. i'm still writing up that part for bmw corporate so will share more on that later
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Awesome write up. Love the pictures
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Awesome pics and write up man. congrats.
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Great delivery! I've been to the smokey mountains and blue ridge parky many times, I easily recognized several of the spots in your photos. It truly is our slice of heaven on the east coast. Just hours and hours of driving bliss.
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