Our 107 mile trip from Gaffney, SC to Old Fort, NC was a relaxing drive through the foothills of the Smokies. It was mostly on back roads but we still didn't see much more than we would have seen on the interstate. We topped off the Mothership as we left Gaffney at 4.009 per gallon. That is the least expensive we have seen diesel in a while and about 16 cents cheaper than what we have seen in North Carolina.
We are staying at the Cove Creek RV Park about seven miles south of Old Fort. It is a small Passport America park with only 10 RV sites. We have 50 amp full hookups, a clear shot to the satellite and pretty good Verizon though it does fade from time to time. It is built on the side of a hill and only sites 1-3 are pretty level. We are in site 1 as the only resident other than what seems to be a full time resident down about site 8. We have good views of the foothills and the park is an excellent launching point for seeing this area.
Monday we awoke to 35 degrees and high winds. We waited awhile and then went for a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We covered the parkway from Asheville to near the Southern end at Cherokee, NC. The parkway stretches from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the South to the Shenandoah National Park in the North, covering 469 miles along the tops of the mountains. We intend to drive its whole length, a little at a time, staying at several RV Parks in the foothills and then taking Libby for a ride in the mountains. We still plan to cover a section North of Asheville from here but that section of the road is currently closed due to ice and snow. It is supposed to clear by the weekend but hopefully earlier.
Tuesday we went just North of Marion, NC to walk the trail to Tom's Creek Falls which is about a two mile round trip. The temp was in the upper 50s and we thoroughly enjoyed the hike. Afterwards we went into the town of Marion for lunch and just driving around.
I am posting this tonight so that there will not be so much for one posting if I wait until Sunday. I will post the rest of the trip Sunday.