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Howdy folks!

Back home from Fandom Fest to a tree down across the road at our driveway after a helluva storm last night (not a very restful night, but that’s why i took the day today). Excellent Con in Louisville as always, Stephen Zimmer puts together a great Literary track and seeing old pals and making new ones is always good. BUT it is 8 hours away…

Left at 4AM Friday solo (the wife went early with a friend) and headed up to Spartanburg on SC 9, then onto I-26 to I-40 in Asheville…then I-40 to Knoxville. It was 78 degrees when I left home and at 730 in Canton NC…57 degrees (HEAVENLY). 2 stops for gas , two for potty breaks and 2 welcome centers. Then up I-75 to Lexington KY and over to Louisville on I-64… at the Galt House lobby at 1230. Had a full round of panels, including the “How to be a Panelist” panle which was the best attended one all weekend and should be mandatory for all cons. Did a pitch session Saturday afternoon with BlackWyrm Publishing and will send them something this week… Looks promising on both ends. Ate at the Troll Pub Friday night (YOU MUST GO THERE IF YOU ARE EVER IN LOUISVILLE) and at the Old Spaghetti Factory Saturday (if you have one close,  I envy you). Saw many many folks too many to mention, but I want to give props to our buddy Selah…con virgin and just about ran the joint after the first day). All my peeps did very well in panels and at the table.

The wife and I left at about 230 yesterday afternoon. Had to lap downtown Louisville due to exit closures on I-64…a bad omen. Got to Lexington in good time and got a heads-up about a rock-slide on Jellico TN on the KY state line…only one lane open. Our pal Crymsyn Hart (a most excellent author) told us about the detour via US 25E and US 25… well I forgot the US 25 part and we stayed on US 25E through some awesome countryside (HOLY COW at the views!) and wound up on I-81 and jumped back on I-40 only about 30 minutes off Friday’s pace.

Then my beloved mentioned that she had never been to Gatlinburg TN… so away we went…the back way via US 321.  And it was as tacky as I remembered and she was dumbfounded by Myrtle Beach North.  HOWEVER, traffic (as usual) SUCKED, so I couldn’t jump on 4411 to escape and headed out towards Smokies National Park…Since it was still daylight, no worries and  I knew Cherokee was just over the hill (lol) but it was pushing 8 and we hadn’t eaten since Louisville either. Gassed up in CHerokee and decided against hitting the casino even to just eat and headed through Maggie Valley and I-40. Ate in Canton NC about 11 and hit the hay at 2, after calling the DOT to clear the tree.

Now to rest up for tomorrow and see if the wife’s cousin can come tote off the remains. I hate the neighbor’s fence got crushed but…

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