No Rest room here....
Trip Start Oct 23, 2012
41Trip End Jan 10, 2013
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The route took us directly south through Kentucky which seemed to have very few rest stops we had come to expect on the roads to provide us with comfort breaks, so after a lightning stop at a Walmart to grab some lunch (Linda and the kids waited in the car, while Wayne ran in) we drove on. "Mom, I need the toilet"....we were on the edge of some town so we looked for a garage. We found an obscure little station and asked to used the toilet...
"the'r 's no puublc reest rooom her "
Having vaguely understood what the person said we left in search of a public restroom. Heading back towards the Interstate, we saw a seafood restaurant, so we pulled up and Wayne, Tim and Joanna (quite desperate by this time) jumped out the car and ran in to their toilets - giving the staff no chance to object. On the way out, Wayne apologised to the owner (definitely one of those time that it is better to ask forgiveness than permission). We then stood talking to the owners for about 10 minutes - conversation was odd as we couldn't understand them and they couldn't understand us. (too many vowels in some words and too many missing from others....)
Expecting to find a rest stop for lunch fairly soon we drove on....this did not happen. We eventually took an offramp in Tennessee where we pulled onto the siding. We had just started digging in the back for a knife and fruit when we got "Mommy I need the toilet" - nothing here, but there is a Mobil gas station about 250 yards down the road, so we pack up everything and off we go.
After this de-tour, we found a little creek road which promised to be more off the beaten track and a better place for lunch. We drove for about 2 miles along the little creek on a little road dotted with small cabins and run down houses in dense forest vegetation. This definitely looked like hill billy country. We found a clearing stopped on the side of the road and had lunch while the kids threw stones in the river - felt a bit like hill billy's ourselves!!
Back on the road. The scenery in the South Western part of Tennesse was very pretty - lots of mountains & trees. The video clips were taken as we went though a pass in Great Smokey Mountain National Park and gives a good idea of scenery. The 14 mile clip is an original 12 minute clip which has been sped up by 300%...
This turned out to be a quite a long drive with us arriving at the Jaars centre in Waxhaw 30 miles south of Charlotte in the dark and tired.
JAARS originally stood for Jungle Aviation And Radio Service, offering support services to its Partner organisations SIL and Wycliffe in Bible Translation around the world. Today it is very much a support organisation providing Transportation, Media and IT support to over 100 partner organisations around the world. (Visit www.Jaars.org).
JAARS had provided us with a 3 bedroom downstairs apartment - we were all excited - this was the first time we would all get some space - our own rooms (and our own beds and a lounge!!) Of course it was preceded by the discussion...mmm maybe argument is better, over who gets their own room. Tim won...