Unfortunately for us the season doesn't start till May so all the campgrounds were closed & all the visitor information services were as well except for the main one at Asheville, NC
. The scenery has been amazing & when we first started out we were pulling in to all the overlooks but quickly realised if we were to keep doing that we would be here till next month. The Parkway was closed for a small section because of road damage done earlier in the year so had a short detour around that section, we were glad to get back on it again.
The weather also has been amazing, we were expecting it to be quite cold here because we are up in the mountains, but the last 3 days have been beautiful, in the 70's & the nights have been in the 50's. We did travel through some fog yesterday for about 20 miles but it was clear before that & again after it we've even had just t- shirts on & think the next couple of days are going to be warmer. Sad to say, the coldest weather we've had so far was the first few days in Florida, which we expected to be the warmest.
Left Cherokee & started travelling along the Blue Ridge Parkway which is a 469 mile scenic drive that follows closely the high ridges between the Smoky Mountains National Park & Shenandoah National Park, spanning North Carolina & Virginia. No commercial vehicles are allowed, hence no trucks & is a two-lane highway with a speed limit of 45mph. It was authorised in the 1930's as a Depression era public works program. There are no towns along the Parkway, you have to venture off, sometimes only 2-3 miles but there are 27 tunnels, only one of which is in Virginia. The southern end is the more rugged & mountainous end but the scenery is spectacular no matter where you are.