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    Part 2 - Took the toy to the playground (txt & pic heavy)

    This thread is sort of a continuation from: Took the toy to the playground! (pics)

    I stayed overnight at Blue Waters Mountain Lodge on Santeetlah lakeand just off the US129. Peaceful and great people. I woke early and there was mist on the lake and a slight frost on the car... just a surreal peaceful early morning.

    After a brekkie of quiche, bacon, fruit, and belly full of coffee I headed towards the Tail of the Dragon. There are sections of the US129 that are challenging and breathtaking and yet not officially part of the Dragon.

    I stopped at Deal's Gap for another coffee and bum around the store. Its always a good idea to stop there and get the load down about road conditions and the whereabouts of those fine fellows who protect us ;) Result: all good with very little traffic at this time of a Monday morning.

    Time to head onto the Dragon... twisties galore, car is performing miracles flawlessly and my grin gets bigger and bigger until.... whoa!!! A family of wild turkeys (or something) just crossing the road in mid corner! They were huge! Hey ho... the brakes did their thing and I my smile returned.

    Normally I just drive through the Dragon but this morning there was hardly any traffic and I could blast from one section to another and stop to check out the road and scenery whenever I wanted to. It was a glorious drive.

    The colours were something to behold!

    The car looked stunning in this surreal setting. Of course I'm biased but I am so happy with my choice of options especially PDCC which worked wonderfully adjusting to soften the ride on rough roads and then eliminating roll during spirited driving on the twisties. It saved my neck when I braked aggressively in mid corner for the birds and the car stopped with no awkward pitching or dampening. Amazing! I'm in love with the Platinum Silver and Platinum CS wheels. I covered 500 miles and the wheels looked good throughout and hid the brake dust very well.

    I stopped at the summit which is the official end point of the Tail of the Dragon and parked unknowingly over some sprayed red graffiti on the road which read...

    LIVE, LOVE, LIFE!

    How appropriate and perfect end to my fall visit to the Smokies! I am thankful for the trip and just a fun couple of days.

    Oh and about the car and all the issues about the options we should get or leave?... get whatever you want as it'll be just great! The 991 is an engineering marvel and it will put as huge a smile on your face as it has on mine. We are fortunate indeed.

    On my way home I got the oil changed at the dealer and the car is washed and tucked away in its lair. Apologies for the long winded posting and I promise to not to start so many pic heavy threads. Thanks for reading.


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    '13 991S - Plat/Silver-PDK-PDCC-PASM-SC-PSE-CS whl/plat


    Re: Part 2 - Took the toy to the playground (txt & pic heavy)

    I really enjoyed sharing your trip with you :) Thanks for posting :)


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    997.1 C2S
     GT Silver/Cocoa, -20mm/LSD, PSE, short shifter, SportDesign rims, Zuffenhausen pickup, BMW Z4 2.5i Roadster Sterling Grey/Red


    Re: Part 2 - Took the toy to the playground (txt & pic heavy)

    Great post and superb photographs, many thanks for sharing Smiley

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    Accountants are like fire and water, good servants but bad masters.

    Porsche 997 Carrera S PDK Aqua Blue / Black - Toyota Yaris D4D  "Clockwork Rat"


    Re: Part 2 - Took the toy to the playground (txt & pic heavy)

    Sorry I made a mistake and inserted a couple of duplicate pics oops! Late night posting are always risky ;-)


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    '13 991S - Plat/Silver-PDK-PDCC-PASM-SC-PSE-CS whl/plat


    Re: Part 2 - Took the toy to the playground (txt & pic heavy)

    Thanks , they all look good kiss


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     997.2 C2S, PDK, -20mm


    Re: Part 2 - Took the toy to the playground (txt & pic heavy)

    Awesome! kiss Thanks for sharing! wink

    Keep 'em comin'... indecision


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    Porsche 997 Carrera S in Carrara White with black leather interior. PASM-Sport Suspension (-20 mm), PSE.

    Audi S5 cabrio in Ibis White with black leather interior.


    Re: Part 2 - Took the toy to the playground (txt & pic heavy)

    Superb photos - we can never get enough... especially quality ones like these....wink

     


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    "Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out."


    Re: Part 2 - Took the toy to the playground (txt & pic heavy)

    John H:

    Superb photos - we can never get enough... especially quality ones like these....wink

     

    absolutely agree. 


    Re: Part 2 - Took the toy to the playground (txt & pic heavy)

    Awesome! Beautiful car! Enjoy!


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    2011 Porsche Carrera 4S Platinum Silver
    2013 Porsche Panamera GTS Basalt Black

    “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively” 
    ― Bob Marley


    Re: Part 2 - Took the toy to the playground (txt & pic heavy)

    Thank you all for your comments. I wish you all come over and experience these amazing roads someday.

    Got this pics of me from a pro who shoots pics on the Dragon. It was on a very twisty bend  and you can see the almost zero roll... ldcc and spasm doing their work I guess. The road is naturally banked. Imagine 318 of these on an 11 mile stretch! My arms were sore at the end of the day but it was magnificent. 


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    '13 991S - Plat/Silver-PDK-PDCC-PASM-SC-PSE-CS whl/plat


    Re: Part 2 - Took the toy to the playground (txt & pic heavy)

    That last picture is OUTSTANDING !  It is my new screen saver !


    Re: Part 2 - Took the toy to the playground (txt & pic heavy)

    Honestly, best 911 shots out there. That last shot says it all, it's my desktop too. Great shots, beautiful car and stunning scenery, thanks for posting these!

     


     
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