Most of the time, it seems that Epic Rides are all about following your own planned route, taking your time, snapping lots of scenic pictures with the bike in the foreground, and something significant behind it. I've decided that's what's different about this report. Pictures are almost non-existent because we're on a tight schedule: spend time at a checkpoint, and lose points! The only important part of the picture, as far as SCR is concerned, is the lat/lon/timestamp. The image could be of a road, bush, or inside of your pocket and nobody cares. That doesn't make for bringing the reader into the excitement of the event, though! Today, Day 2, was a ride from Anderson SC to Lebanon TN via either Tail of the Dragon or Cherahala (sp?) Skyway. I've ridden the Dragon several times, and expected it to be crowded on a holiday week, so opted for the latter. That was my "mistake of the day"! They were maintaining the roadway, and had one lane shut down well into the commitment. We had to wait for a "pilot car" to come from the other direction and escort us thru the construction zone... at 25 mph! So after a 15 minute or more wait, you got a 3-4 mile trip in super-slo-mo. The pilot car driver would stop and hand things off to the construction crew, swap their passenger for another, etc. For a guy on a schedule, it could kinda get on your nerves for sure! One of our riders tried to bribe the stop sign holder to let him go thru without waiting. She refused, but then, he only offered her $5. So after we got by the construction zone, the fog and rain came in. It was SO foggy that I had to look down to see the center line and edge lines. I had no idea what kind of corner I was coming into, could not have seen a bicyclist traveling in my lane until I was upon him even though I was going only 30 mph. One of my greatest fears is wet pavement, and throw in that you could not see anything, and it was over the top. The only good part was that I knew that nobody was ahead of me, going my direction, so once I got out of the rain and fog at lower elevations, I rode pretty aggressively. I expected it to ruin my day (added time), but it only turned out to add about 20 minutes to that segment. As of this point, I completed yesterday's rally (official title) in 2nd place, with the best time set for one segment. Today's times are not all in as of my last verification, but it appears that I may have completed today's rally in 2nd place as well, with different guys taking top spot yesterday and today, and setting the top time between CP1 and CP2 again. (Yesterday's top guy blew up his Vespa motor today... he's making roadside repairs which will blow that segment, but allow him to complete the other segments from today.) The only worthwhile picture I got was the landmark Stecoah Diner just before The Dragon. Tomorrow's ride is one of the shorter ones, only about 277 miles from Lebanon TN to Jackson, MO.