Yep definitely worth the 12 hour drive to get down there.
Fri morning we started out with overcast skies. A quick look at the weather radar showed that we were going to drive through wet stuff when we hit Indiana. What I didn't do was pull back even farther to see that the rain covered the entire freakin midwest region clear down to the coast. It rained on us in all 5 states heading down to Birmingham (IL, IN, KY, TN, AL)
Hindsight says rent an enclosed trailer next time instead of hauling two bikes in the back of the truck...or at least tape up the air ducts so sheets of rain don't pour in there.
The track itself is gorgeous. Gotta love the elevation changes and all the blind turns. Well actually, I think we were all crapping bricks for the first few sessions as we got used to the track. Nothing like cresting a hill and forgeting which way you're supposed to be turning. Thank goodness the track folks laid out orange cones to help sight turning points... Even then some of the cones weren't visible until the last instant before you had to turn because of tall grass.
The track is not only smooth and grippy but must be rougher than Putnam. Either that or my suspension is going crappy because my rear tire is completely shagged on both the left and right sides after this weekend.
Birmingham's Hooters has nothing on our Chicagoland Hooters. The women here are MUCH cuter
As far as other amenities, it is kinda convenient to have a Sam's Club and a 24 hour Walmart so close to the track. Another hindsight item to note: don't bother lugging drinks and food down there in cooler...can buy those there. RA, Blackhawk, Putnam, Gingerman don't have that luxury.
Weather cooperated while we were down there. ~80s. Too bad about the humidity though. UGH - 90-95% humidity really made wearing the leathers fun...NOT (big chore ahead washing that stinky thing now
and then it supposedly is raining down there for the rest of the week so we made it through our track days and back home in a nice bubble of good weather.
Overall it was a great time. I'm kicking myself now for being too busy with work earlier in the year to make it down to the Mar or May NESBA events. I'm definitely going more times next year.