OK here goes... I've enjoyed so many RR's on this site, it's time to find the courage to post up one of my own. Selfishly, sharing a great trip is as close as you can get to reliving the experience. And if reading it sparks someone else to get out there, that's even better. So, a tiny bit of backstory. I was introduced to WNC five years ago and it left a mark. The roads, the mountains, the riding life (eat, sleep, ride, repeat). It draws me back every year. At first I was so preoccupied with my own skill level (or lack thereof) that I didn't notice there weren't a lot of other women on sportbikes. I mean, in Maine, where I live, I accept there aren't many of us. But at a place like Deals Gap -- well if they're not there, where the heck are they?!! Now I'd heard of the Women's Sportbike Rally, but the September date always conflicted with another annual event on my calendar. Suddenly in 2019 the conflict was gone. No matter that I had spent a week at the Gap in June... I had just been handed a very good excuse to return ;-) MONDAY 9/2/19 Since no one in their right mind is on the road over Labor Day weekend, I got packed and ready to roll out on Tuesday morning. My Ducati 848 was wearing a new set of Michelin RS's that I'd scrubbed in on my commute a few days earlier. Only a few tufts of white sticker paper remained. Here she is, loaded up the night before. Many thanks to my parents for the use of their van. I have a habit of making fun of it, but you sure can fit a lot of sh#t in those things. Yes, my bike is on the right side because it's easier for me to walk next to it that way. I don't think a single 400# bike on the right side of trailer is as noticeable as putting a single 1200# horse on the right side of a trailer, yet felt strangely compelled to explain myself. And now that I've mentioned horses, the Oliver should make sense.