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... drove to Asheville, North Carolina (40 minutes from Marion) then
onto Yogi in the Smokies near Cherokee NC. The GPS sent us up into
the mountains then onto a very small road. We stopped before we had
driven up it properly and thought since it looked barely big enough
for a car, it may not be ok to go up it with an RV. Good choice!
Backing back we found an alternative route and arrived in one piece
and with little stress which I imagine it ...
... was a huge rock that looked like a smiley face. We also passed by some enormous trees. One had a cavity large enough for both Sandy and I to fit in. Although there were some steep parts, the trail was mostly gradual for the first 3 miles or so. We also saw some beautiful sulphur shelf fungi, also known as Chicken of the Woods. Although it's probably safe to eat, I don't think I'd ever eat wild mushrooms. Eventually, we ...
... to be driving through clouds on the Skyway. After crossing into Tennessee, we drove a short ways to the West Rattlesnake Rock parking area along the Skyway and left one car here. Then we shuttled about 2 miles up the road to Grassy Gap parking area and started our hike from here. A nice patch of black-eyed Susans was blooming right at the edge of the parking lot. We started off on Grassy Branch Trail (#91) to enter Citico ...
... at 11pm which was a bit on the late side for the lady to wait up for us. We were driving along and then the rain started and it was really heavy, splashing at the windscreen so you couldn't see out of them from all the back spray from lorries etc. This meant going slow which probably wasn't going to help with getting there ASAP. Once we got to the local town it was midnight and the lady asked us to call her from there as this was the last point before phone signal ...
... Cabins at about 8:30 and got checked in and the bikes unloaded. I ran into town to get some groceries and since we got to the house so much later than anticipated we just got some frozen pizza. Our house is really nice and looks like it was a good choice for our group. Tomorrow we tackle the Rattler on our way to Hot Springs with a stop at the Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Museum.