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Trip Start Apr 18, 2007
Trip End Oct 16, 2007

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Monday, September 10, 2007

We off down I-24 south east to Chattanooga with nothing to report other than we lost another hour just before we got to the city. Dual carriageway separated by a wide median and huge green trees all the way along the highway.

We took the turn off for Lookout Mountain just before we reached the city which has a road that winds up this high mountain over looking Chattanooga. It is mostly a quasi-gated community for the very rich with massive houses over-looking a high bluff. Amazing views - apparently you can see 7 states from Rock View which is a large estate with gardens etc. We drove to it but visited the Starbucks outside the entrance instead. The weather was hazy and we just figured it wasn't worth the entrance fee.

We already visited Sunset Rock - an old lookout in the Civil War - so we'd seen the views.

The hotel was a BW but more along the dated Super 8 motel lines and even tho' we got an extra large room it was a kinda depressing place. We headed straight out to inspect the town and to find the Choo-Choo, which we did, only to find it is the old railway station (now a hotel). Nothing special but, that said, probably the high-light of a fairly uninteresting city. I'd guess the equivalent would be visiting Halifax in the UK. We drove over the Cumberland River and back over another bridge and then decided to take our evening meal at our favourite restaurant - TEXAS ROADHOUSE.

Standard design and we settled down for what has become the high-light of our days as we drive across Tennessee. As we ordered the drinks it became apparent that we needed ID. The Tennessee legislature is their wisdom have decreed that you need to show photo ID whenever you order alcohol. This rather pathetic paternalistic state now have tougher alcohol laws than Utah!! Seems as tho' even if you hobble in with white hair and a walking stick they have to ID you. Presumably because some stupid court case the server swore blind that he thought a 14 yr kid was 21yrs or something and got away with it. We found out later that this new law only came in on 1st July. It's the old Sabanes Oxley thinking - they'd probably serve the 14yr old with fake ID but the old codger would be on Cokes if he hadn't got any ID on him.

Munchie had driving licence ID and we asked the trainee server for a Bud and a glass of wine. But this was still a problem and with MJ getting very irate we got the 25yr old girl manager over - told them they lived in a pathetic state (both meanings) and that the gunboat would be round in the morning. Only joking....MJ found a NHS exemption card with his DOB on it but no photo. We convinced the girl to let us have the beers. MJ had his passport and driver licence in the car but bollox to them!!! Stupid thing is that we've ordered beers in both Memphis and Nashville and no-one has ever asked for ID. In fact it's the first time we've been asked for ID anywhere - other than Salt Lake where they ask if you look below 40yrs!!

We've booked a cabin in the Smokey Mountains for the next three days - it's expensive but we can't stand anymore $50 motels.
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