On the Road Again
Trip Start Aug 16, 2011
14Trip End Oct 05, 2011
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Perhaps our favorite stop today was at Moose Cafe for lunch. It's a great place for southern cooking located right in the Farmer's Market in Asheville, NC. Did we really need hamburger steak, smoked pork chops, squash casserole, collard greens, baked onions and biscuits? Yes, to provide strength for the journey
The drive through the Smokey Mountains was beautiful. I love these wonderful old mountains in every season. It was interesting to look at the slashes cut into the bedrock to accommodate the road and the piles of boulders corralled behind wire netting where previous rock slides had taken place. This incredibly scenic road has no pullouts, so picture taking was not a part of the action today.
We did see a few interesting sights along the way. Not the least of which was a bright yellow motorcycle/scooter/car vehicle with riders in matching helmets. We HAD to get a photo of that!
Once we left the mountains somewhere in Tennessee and cut up toward St. Louis, the terrain changed to "heartland of America" and agriculture as far as the eye could see. We decided to drive as far as we could today and finally stopped after nearly 700 miles in Paducah--not a glamour spot. But we did find a nice new hotel with a whirlpool. Now that we're completely relaxed, it's off to get a good night's sleep and another long drive tomorrow.