We've driven to Florida from home many times, but we've never made a tourist stop on the way in southern Illinois. This meant that our usual campground stops aren't well spaced this time. We always stay north of Atlanta so we can crawl past this inevitable barrier during non-rush hour times. Nashville can be a major clog as well, but they seem to have finally finished their road construction and we zoomed right through. The winding route through the mountains north of Chattanooga can be harrowing in below freezing temperatures, but today the fall colors glowed.
Once we made it past Nashville I phoned a campground to reserve a site. It seemed unnecessary on a Monday, but no one answered and I left a message. I phoned them all day long and when we pulled in to the campground I was surprised to see two women working in the office who had never bothered to answer the phone. This would have annoyed me less if they had a site for us, but the inn was full. We lost an hour today driving into the Eastern time zone and the sun was setting as we gratefully squeezed into our site for the night a bit further down the road.
We are parked under trees rendering our satellite dish useless, but with a wi-fi hot spot we can stream the news from home. This will give us another election update, but won't shed much light on conditions a bit further down the road as Hurricane Eta moseys around the Gulf of Mexico moving on a whimsical route. We have no reason to linger in southern GA, but it would be foolish to drive into a hurricane, when we can stay put and miss it.