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Travel Blogs from Franklin
After DC we hired a car from Knoxville and headed to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. We stayed in a town called Gatlinburg and the only way I can describe it so that everyone understands.... It's like being at Disneyland without the rides but all the attractions and fast food restaurants that you could think of. It had so many mini golf places, Ripley's believe it or not attractions, cars from movies, old fashion ...
... US-178 and drove north to Horse Pasture
Road and the entrance to Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve. We parked here, which is also a trailhead for
accessing the Foothills Trail, and hiked into the preserve following an
easy-to-follow old logging road. Along
the way, we saw several critters, including some toads, a garter snake sunning
himself on the trail, and more mushrooms.
The trail follows the old ...
... at Joey's Pancake House before hitting the road.
Headed west to get on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Chilly, but very nice ride - at least it's not raining!
Ended up behind a couple on a harley with a HUGE sidecar with their dog in it. They let us pass them, but they pulled in at the Highest Elevation lookout. The guy said they left Florida on Friday and are heading to Maine, then down the eastern seaboard, with their American bulldog-Mastiff mixed ...
... had to take the southern route to Maggie Valley.
Went through BOONE and BLOWING ROCK - two of my new favorite places in NC. Very, very nice houses and little shopping areas.
We got flagged down by some motorcyclists who had dumped their one-day-old Ultra while pulling out of the driveway of a motel. Todd and I, and another guy, helped right the bike...wasn't easy with the little hill it was perched on. Guy looked like a brand-new ...
... Monday and while we're ready, it's time to start setting alarms and getting used to the morning drill.
I'll have a lot of time to ponder this trip tomorrow on yet another eternal drive along the highway. And I suspect most of that pondering will be good. It's been a great adventure. And while I do love a good one, here's hoping that the drive home will be as uneventful as possible. Cross your fingers...
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