Percy Jackson in the Appalachians to the Biltmore

Trip Start Aug 21, 2010
Trip End Sep 06, 2010

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Doug Says:

We headed through Galax this morning back toward the Blue Ridge Parkway. I absolutely love that drive. The only way it could be better is if I were driving either my car or a sporty convertible.. maybe a Wrangler. Only to carve the turns a bit faster than in an SUV with a full load and a girlfriend that doesn't enjoy the curvy mountain roads quite as much as I do. The views are spectacular.

The only thing about the Blue Ridge Parkway I didn't like was how difficult it was to get gas or food, and how much it slows you down when they're doing construction. Sometimes we had to drive 5-10 miles off the parkway just to get gas. And I had no idea how far food was at any given time. If I had to do it again, I'd pack more food before getting on the parkway. We had PB&J, but not enough other stuff. Like bread. :)  

So today we both got low blood sugar and got cranky with each other right about the time we hit the point of no return into Asheville. We were about an hour outside of Asheville and there were no more major roads intersecting with the parkway, so we were pretty much at the point where we _had_ to wait an hour to get to civilization to get some food and a break from driving. Only there were about 7 or 8 places that knocked the parkway down to a single lane, and there was a guy standing with a stop/slow sign to direct traffic.. which made an hour more like 2. Not exactly what we needed.

But Percy Jackson was our savior. We started listening to the book on the laptop today, and I'm glad we had it. Along with defeating a minotaur and Medusa, he saved Lizzie and I from snapping at each other too much.

After we got out from behind a horrible driver in a BMW, and we got our blood sugar level back to normal, we drove into the Biltmore Estate. This place is fantastic. The home was closed for the night, but we checked in at the Inn and walked around the village to see what was down there. They have a complimentary wine tasting and a creamery that we took advantage of. We also picked up some trail maps so we can go exploring tomorrow on our own.

A note from Lizzie:
So, Doug LOVES driving in the mountains on the Blue Ridge. We drove from 10 am to 4 pm on the Blue Ridge. There were some awesome tunnels dug into the mountains and high bridges attached to mountains. The worst part of being in the mountains is no cell service. 

My girl, Courtney, was in the hospital being induced today and I was checking my phone all day, but on the Blue Ridge there is no cell phone service. At 3 pm, I talked to the Gay Hanby and got an update. THEN, at 5:30 pm Riley Scott was born. He is 8 lbs 9 oz and 21-1/4 inches long. Everyone is doing well. I am so very excited to meet him...and he totally looks like Courtney to me! I love it. (Thank you Erin for calling to let me know!)

Today was pretty boring for the blog but very scenic. I am glad DB enjoyed it so much. Hugs to you all. Especially you Riley Scott! 
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Jackie on

Yaaayyy Bean's here!!! And that's funny cause I said to Pat "look at that baby, it's Courtney with Kenny's hair do!" haha!

lauren on

I LOVE Percy Jackson! I listened to the whole series on audiobook. It's wonderful. Warning, though: Jen and Amy both said the movie is horrible.

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