Heading into Moonshine Country

Friday Oct 12 we drove south through Bristol, TN into the area made famous by moonshiners.  This is the part of the country where fast cars hauling moonshine were used to escape revenuers in the late 1940s and early ’50s and generally credited with inspiring the start of stock car racing.  A great mix of racing and country music blended with gospel and bluegrass makes this another place to spend more time. Our destination was Cove Creek Campground in Wears Valley just south of Pigeon Forge.  Only BIG mistake was following Norman Garmin again as he took us down through Gatinlinburg and into some of the worst traffic we have seen the whole trip.  Six lanes wide in 2 directions moving at a snail’s pace. People coming from all over the world apparently to visit this area and see the shows at Dollywood and museums and hotels and casinos.  We vowed to never come this route with an RV again.  After traveling about 30 miles for nearly 2 hours we finally arrived at Cove Creek with a good view of Smoky Mountain Natl Park.   Their lobby is super and all the spaces have gravel and concrete parking with firepits and picnic tables. We were lucky and had super neighbors pull up in a big motorhome.  Seems as if they live up in Marysville, TN and have kids who do Junior Racing but were enjoying a quiet weekend without kids.  Enjoyed their visits and shared a few meals. While there we received another messsage from the truck saying “Change my oil now.”  So we extended our stay and will drive into Knoxville on Monday for that chore.

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