Friday, March 29, 2013 (Day 53)–Home, Sweet, Home

It was raining this morning so I delayed leaving the RV Park until 10:00am to wait for the rain to pass.  This was another day I was glad to have my Sloggers rain shoes along.  I wear them when I hitch and unhitch.  Today I was standing in puddles of water an inch or more deep while it rained and my feet stayed dry.  They are also great in the mud and easily washed off.

I drove in gentle rain for about an hour.  At Mountain Grove, MO I pulled off to visit a friend for an hour.  I stopped in Springfield, MO for something to eat and then pushed on to arrive home about 8:00pm. I stopped by my parents house for a few minutes to see them and Kevin who was visiting for the weekend.  I drove 425 miles today.

One thing I did not mention earlier…..I definitely would have visited Washington, DC, Nashville, TN and Memphis, TN if I had not already visited those places twice before.

So……I drove a total of 6653 miles on the trip.  I looked back at the trip I took last fall and I drove 6640 miles then….that is wild to be so close without any planning.

I spent 52 nights in 27 different campgrounds/RV parks in 9 states.

Arkansas – 1 night

Louisiana – 4 nights

Alabama – 3 nights

Florida – 24 nights

Georgia – 3 nights

South Carolina – 9 nights

North Carolina – 6 nights

Tennessee – 1 night

Kentucky – 1 night

I definitely got a lot more experience in backing up the trailer (which I needed) on this trip and I am much faster on hitching and unhitching.

I enjoyed the journey and I am very happy to have had the opportunity to make the trip.  I am now going to be concentrating on finding a job and getting back to the real world.

EggCamper Chick Gayle Smile

#97 – Thursday, March 28, 2013 (Day 52)–Pigeon Forge, TN to Paducah, KY

Sevierville and Pigeon Forge basically just run together and Gatlinburg is five miles further.  I drove thru all three this morning.  Gatlinburg is very picturesque and very compact.  It is very walkable.  Parking is an issue in Gatlinburg and expensive.  Traffic was congested today.  I can only imagine what it is like in peak times.

Pigeon Forge and Sevierville are more like Branson.  You either take the trolley or drive.



I left Pigeon Forge about 12:30pm today.  I drove 365 miles to Paducah, KY.  I ran into traffic congestion in Nashville today and again just 20 miles from Paducah.  Arrived at Duck Creek RV Park, Paducah, KY about 7:30pm.  It is central time zone here so it is actually 6:30pm.

I am 412 miles from home.   I hope to sleep in my real house tomorrow night. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 (Day 51)–Selma, NC to Pigeon Forge, TN

I left Selma, NC about 9:00am.  I drove 380 miles to arrive at Pigeon Forge, TN at 5:00pm.  I am staying at Riveredge RV Park.  I am staying hitched so I decided to take the town trolley to find someplace to eat.  They have a very organized trolley system here.  There was a trolley stop in the RV park just a few steps from my trailer.

There are a lot of families in town enjoying spring break.  There are also 2000 teenagers in Gatlinburg attending the Tennessee FFA convention. 

The trolley driver recommended a restaurant called “Old Mill Restaurant”.  He said it was one of the best in town.  Well they were definitely popular.  They were running them in and out.  It was a little different.  Every dinner option was a full meal.  This is definitely one of the reasons that we all weigh too much and also waste too much.  I chose my meal and then they brought a cup of corn chowder, a side salad and four corn fritters.  Then the waiter brought my meal and two dinner rolls.  The portions were very generous.  Then the waiter brought a card with five choices for dessert.  I chose the chocolate cake to go.  Way too much food.  Almost every person left the restaurant with to go boxes.  Probably less than 50% of the food taken home will actually be eaten.  So food wasted and a lot of foam containers wasted.  This meal plan also pushes the total ticket prices up. 

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The picture above is some “art” at a rest stop along the way.

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While I was waiting for the trolley back to the RV park I admired the lovely snow covered mountains.  Unfortunately I had left my good camera in the trailer so the following picture does not do it justice.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013 (Day 50)–Hanging Out

Spent the day shopping and doing laundry.  The most interesting store I found was called “Carolina Pottery”.  It was a smaller version of Garden Ridge.

I am heading west in the morning. 

The campground here has a lovely small lake with ducks.  They are very, very well fed ducks.  You should see them waddle.  The campground store sells bags of feed for 25 cents.

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Monday, March 25, 2013 (Day 49)–Pulling off to wait out the weather

The wind blew me out of the campground about 9:00am this morning.  I knew that I had three tall bridges with crosswinds to cross to get out of The Outer Banks.  I chose not to dump my water tank and I took on some water in my holding tank to give me a little extra weight. 

Originally I had intended to go home on I-64 but the weather up there changed my mind.  Now I think I am going home on I-40 but the forecast for most of North Carolina and Tennessee along I-40 are calling for rain and/or snow showers tomorrow.  So I decided to pull off and wait for the weather to clear.

I drove about 240 miles to Selma, NC where I am staying a couple of nights at a campground right off I-95.  Three miles down the highway is a very nice outlet mall and about twenty different places to eat.  Tomorrow I will do some laundry and visit the outlet mall to fill my day.

I am watching “Dancing With The Stars” as I write this.  My antenna is pulling in a lot of channels here.  I was not able to watch it last week.

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