In and around the Great Smokie's

Trip Start Oct 04, 2008
Trip End Nov 08, 2008

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Friday, October 10, 2008

So, we did all that camping in Bear infested wood, survived the cold shower(one of us did) and headed through the rain to Ashville, stopped in a Luxury and totally pimped out hotel(four point Sheraton, roomrates about as much as looking at one of the PBR Cottages) and arrived late at night in Nashville...but lets start at the beginning of the day: Waking up at 7.30am because someone (none of us) set the alarm and then napping, showering, blogging and finally at noon( latest check out so far) we went to get some good THC - food....Tupelo Honey Cafe.
After getting lost again in the town, we found our way around the town towards the Great Smokey Mountains and past a shopping centre: one military surplus store, everything seemed used and at least dented. I wanted boots and Robin bought a Jacket.

This is now a little off the daily happening, but just to show everybody how big THE Lincoln is: I - Krautz - lost my Flipflops, size 13, so big enough to bring about two cuban familys over to Miami, somewhere in the car. We emptied the trunk and checked everywhere, but they are so far nowhere to be found....Thats how big the car is: GO Towncar.

Right after this short emptying of the car, we hit the road again and headed for Cherokee. It was quite a sad view to see how this place looked like, closed motels, many trailers, few stores, manly trough traffic and one big hotel with a casino. Sad to see that side of these always as very proud described people.

Further up the road the Great Smoky Mountain National Park began and so did our climb up the mountain: seemingly effortless THE Lincoln gas guzzeled up to the peak,with an average of 8mpg up and about 84mpg down, stunning views and smelly brakes included.

We drove up to 6000ft and then climbed by foot the last 600ft to the top of Clingman's Dome. Thanks to our major effort we could enjoy really awesome views.....i have never seen so much ....grey!
Well, after that we past probably the longest, biggest, most repetitive road we've every seen, the strip in Glinnville (sounds about right, but could be wrong): on about 15miles to the left and to the right was a seemingly never ending repetition from miniature golf, aquarium, gift shop, steak house, go cart racing, fireworksstores, touristtraps of all kind and crappy motels and crappier "restaurants".

By now it is about 5.30pm and we still had to drive about 180miles.
 - cut- long miles on the highway, the car is sometimes a little bit vibrating, maybe just because of the road,we will see -cut-

Arrival in Nashville:
We picked a nice motel in the outskirts of  Nashville: The Days Inn! Advertised with 39.95 plus tax, I am slightly scared about the car and the coconut smell in the room is...well slightly disturbing!
We drove towards a Steakhouse, ate well overseasoned steak, otherwise good and headed back to the hotel, I am still worried about my car, since we realized: This is not the preferred neighborhood to raise your kids, buy a house, have a store, drive through, look at or ...park a Lincoln.

Now we are blogging, listening to the sirens of cops and ambulance outside and watching Chris Rock on TV, he is awesome.

So, thats it for now, we just have to upload some pic's and then it's done.

Thanks ya'll for reading and sharing this awsome time with us,
blog for ya'll soon,
Klompjes and Krautz
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