#6: Adventures In RV Travel – January 16, 2017

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On the Road Again!

It’s 10:30 p.m. Do you know where your traveler’s are? I’ll tell you! We are  just barely over the northern Georgia border with Tennessee, barely on the southern side of Chattanooga. Here is the other thing. We did not mean to drive this far today. It just happened. We thought we could find the type of camping area we like to stop at north of Chattanooga, but surprise! It isn’t there any more! When we are on our way to our destination, we usually stay at Flying J Truck Stops as they have spots for RV’s. They are a subsidiary of Pilot. The Pilot north of Chattanooga that used to house the Flying J does not take RVs any more. I was a bit unhappy about that when we stopped there tonight!

So, I got on the phone and started trying to find Flying J’s. Do you know what I found? Nothing. Zip. Nada. In the general area. Next step. I started trying to find campgrounds. Exactly one exit from where we were, and that was passing the Georgia state line, I found a campground with a vacancy! We zipped into there and the nice thing is we have full hookups – electricity, etc. In a Flying J, we would be “flying” under our own power. This campground has WiFi…..they say. My computer gadgetry can’t find it so I’m using a personal hot spot. What have I told you about WiFi and campgrounds? Ha! I’m proving myself right the first night on the road! 🙂 They also advertise themselves as having cable TV. Again, HA!. No sign of it.

We drove 341 miles today. We only wanted to drive 250-300. Tomorrow, I plan to sleep late, relax over several cups of tea, and not move out of this parking spot until their 11 a.m. check out time. Then, we will drive a lesser amount of miles tomorrow.

Today was a good day, however. I just had to rant about tonight first! We stopped just north of Knoxville, TN to visit a friend today. It was nice to see her and her husband, meet her band of furry kids, and see her home. We were able to stay a couple of hours since we aren’t in a big hurry to head down the road this year. It was so good to visit. Thanks, Marty and Phil!

Right now, before I go to bed, I should be unpacking and storing my stuff. Everything I own and brought with me is in boxes. Big boxes. Oh, I had time to hang up and fold many of my clothes but half of them are still folded in boxes. All my sundries are in boxes. My cosmetics are in makeup bags. Nothing is in a closet or drawer that belongs to me. But guess what!? All my husband’s stuff is nicely and neatly put away! Oh yes, it is. He is the neat freak. Well, I will have my stuff put away by the time we reach our destination and I do not want to hear another word about it! So there! 🙂

In the meantime, it is going to be a challenge to find my toothbrush!

OK, what did we see today? The most awesome sight to me as we drive south from Kentucky into Tennessee is the mountain at the border where Interstate 75 crosses the line. Jellico Mountain. It never ceases to impress and terrify me. The weather on top of that mountain is absolutely never like the weather on either side. Big trucks have a really hard time climbing it but an awfully easy time going down the other side. Jellico Mountain does have the most incredible view of the Great Smoky Mountains. I am usually too busy clinging to my seat to look closely, but I did look closely today. The Smoky Mountains were gorgeous and blue with haze. There wasn’t much fog on top but going down the other side of the mountain, there was a lot of lingering fog and it was early afternoon.

Chattanooga sits on a plateau and it, too, is a pretty picture as you are driving through on the highway. But, Jellico Mountain takes the prize in that part of Tennessee as far as I’m concerned. Here is a picture for your enjoyment. Now, I’m off to bed. I’m looking forward to tomorrow! More from “Adventures” tomorrow and I’m sure there WILL be more adventures. I just want to get to the ocean! 🙂

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6 thoughts on “#6: Adventures In RV Travel – January 16, 2017

      • yeah..we stayed at 3 on the way down to florida..frackville, PA, kodak, TN and pensecola,FL.. either call ahead and ask or just go in and ask if they allow it.. they never turned us down even when there were signs posted outside saying NO OVERNIGHT.. they are quieter than walmart and open early so you can get breakfast and be on the road fast

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