Bill and Helen/ 2011 travel blog


We were up bright and early this morning.. About 6:30am to be exact.. I think the reason was that we had the electrical problems in the back of our mind all night which were really brought on when the air conditioner in the bedroom (small one) wouldn’t even go on… We really didn’t need it after the cold front came thru but when we had it set at 60 and didn’t go on we were worried that maybe all the power surges we had at the park from hell had burned something out…

The morning started out as usual but soon after the coffee was finished (thank God) we started to have the electricity go off and on.. Before long it just stayed off… OK, we skipped our toast and just unplugged and made a quick exit from South Atlanta RV.. While we were there we heard so many horror stories since the new owners took over. One couple had been in our spot for a bit and had to move. Now their refrigerator is burnt out and it is costing them $800 to get it fixed.. After all the problems we had they are now sure that the cause was the faulty wiring at the park and the manager had told them there was nothing wrong with the parks equipment,,, Must be yours… Same thing they told us…. Bah Humbug.

We were about 20 miles south of downtown Atlanta when we started out and because it was early Sunday morning we were able to drive right thru the downtown area without any problems.. I loved doing that because you see so much more then on the by-passes. Atlanta airport is a major hub and it was cool to see all the planes lined up to make their landing… That just fascinates me. I am amazed that we don’t have way more accidents…

Originally we had thought we might just go as far as Chattanooga, TN and spend the rest of the day in that area. We were there a few years ago and stayed about a week and loved the area but it was just over 100 miles from where we came from and the weather had turned COLD and drizzly…Yup, the temps went down to about 59 degrees and we had to find our jackets and sweats for the first time in I don’t know how long. Ok we said… Lets go a little further to maybe Manchester or Murfreesboro since there looked to be some nice Good Sam Parks there… The drive was beautiful.. In fact once you got about the Dalton, GA area and on into Tennessee, it is a beautiful drive.. We had hills and curves surrounded by beautiful trees and on a Sunday morning it was very relaxing… If you want to know more about this area you can go back a few years in our The Beginning part of this journal…

One thing we saw today that wasn’t here before was the devastation caused by the tornado’s that went thru the area just a few weeks ago… Alabama got the worst of it but we saw several areas in Georgia and Tennessee that got their share also… This was not a pleasant sight and to think that just a bit west of us there is so much more going on with the flooding along the Mississippi. Our route north has been changed several times due to the flooding and closed campgrounds which is why we are sorta’ sticking to the Interstate Routes.

The area we traveled today is back and forth between the eastern time zone and central so when we got to Monteagle Mountain, TN. It was about 12:30 Atlanta time but on only 11:30 Tennessee time. We hadn’t had our toast this morning and were really hungry so when we saw the sign for Jim Oliver Smoke House Restaurant Trading Post that sounded really good to us.. What a great choice.. We had no idea what a great place this was.. The Smoke House is celebrating their 50th Anniversary and is inviting everyone to come to the Mountain to experience old fashioned Southern Hospitality at the Smoke House Restaurant, Old General Store, Rustic Lodge Cabins Rental, Best Western Mountain Lodge, and Music on the Mountains… This place had it all as well as some of the best ham and bacon we have ever tasted.. For those of you that are into Country Music it is home to the Louvin Brothers Country Music Hall of Fame Museum as well as a Moonshine Museum… Now that isn’t something you can find just anywhere…

If you are ever in the area be sure to try it.. We both chose to have breakfast in lieu of the buffet they serve every day. We could not finish it all and got to take home our dinner for tonight… It was wonderful and I was able to buy some of the ham and some of the best barbeque sauce that was awesome.. Can’t wait to cook with it…

Usually when we are in the Nashville we go to the same area to camp but this time we pulled off just south of the city at Smyrna.. The campground is mostly seasonal’s or long term workers and is not a resort by any means but they have full hook ups with 50 amp service, friendly check in and a great place to spend a few days to return to one of our favorite cities…

The test came soon after we checked in.. Remember when we left Atlanta we did not have any electricity? Well we checked the meters here and everything read perfect so we plugged in and held our breath.. Low and behold we had electricity and not only that, the air conditioner even went on in the bedroom when we turned it down to 50 degrees.. Had to go that far cuz it was only about 56 outside… J

We will spend a few days in Nashville and hope our allegories’ don’t get too bad.. We are back to what we went thru in early March in Florida.. The azaleas are beautiful but we dread all the sneezing… Claritin, here we come again……….. Later………..



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