This morning I was on the Blue Ridge Parkway a little after 10:00, heading south toward Asheville. At first I stopped at nearly all the scenic overlooks but, by mid-afternoon, it was clear that I had to pick up the pace. I still had a long way to go. I did a little hiking and visited with fellow travelers, which makes it so much more fun.
My first hike was at the Cascades, accessible from E B Jeffress Park. Because of the drought, I was surprised at the amount of water flowing. I walked along with a couple from Florida and their dog, Skeezix. The hike was easy and took only about thirty minutes.
At another stop I chatted for quite a while with a couple from New Hampshire. They have retired from their day jobs but still own a Christmas tree farm. They plan to sell it in a couple of years. They camp and ride their tandem bike around everywhere. I admire them for staying so fit.
My next hike was at Moses H Cone Memorial Park. Moses and Bertha Cone built this 3600-acre estate around 1901 as their country retreat after making their fortune in production of denim at their mills in Greensboro. They built 26 miles of carriage roads and created two lakes. The estate was donated to the National Park Service in 1950. Their 23-room mansion, Flat Top Manor, is now the Parkway Craft Center. While at the Craft Center, I had a very nice visit with some of the employees, who were dressed in their Hallowe'en costumes. Two of them had lived in Texas.
After this I had to get serious about making better time. When I arrived in Asheville, where I stopped to feed Daisy, I could smell my brakes. I thought I had used them pretty conservatively on the Parkway, but evidently not. I'll have them checked before I leave the area. It's also time to have regular maintenance done.
My home for the next two nights will be at KOA West in Candler, North Carolina. It's about ten miles west of Asheville. Because I arrived after dark, the owner helped me set up. He had a nifty light attached to the bill of his cap. He recommended an RV shop where I could have the brakes checked.
I have a very good wireless Internet signal from my campsite. That's always a plus.