Posts tagged: Blue Ridge Parkway

The long way to Gatlinburg

By , August 15, 2009 12:44 pm

We’re currently about 20 miles outside Gatlinburg, in a log cabin on the side of a mountain.  SANY0022 We’re here for a family reunion and to just get away for a bit before we have to get back to managing the house and RV. 

We did about 40 miles on Skyline Drive, then about 5 miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Apparently the RV really liked the BRP because it decided to spend the night.  The rear caliper started sticking, so we pulled into the visitor center and checked with the rangers.  There wasn’t much they could do and no tow trucks were available until the morning.  The rangers were fine with us staying the night, so we settled in and had a nice, peaceful night on the BRP. 🙂

The next morning we got towed back to Waynesboro. IMG_1378 Rice Auto took excellent care of us and spent most of the day either working on the rear brakes or finding replacement parts.  The mechanic eventually drove about 40 miles to get a new caliper for us.  Mr. Rice was nice enough to put up with us asking silly questions, poking around his shop and generally being underfoot. They’re really an excellent shop that would rather do something right than to do it fast.  If I’m ever in the area again and need work, that’s where I’ll stop every time.  I can’t recommend them enough!

We got underway around 6pm and headed south on I-81.  We eventually stopped at Fort Chiswell RV park.  Power, water, wifi…  was good for tired drivers.  The next morning we made it the rest of the way and parked at the bottom of the mountain where the family had the cabins.  We were pressed for time and didn’t know if we get the RV up the mountain in time for to make it to a family event. 

The event was zip-lining!  It was pretty cool, but I would have preferred some longer runs.  IMG_1430Still, it was time well spent with family we don’t see very often.  It was a new experience for most people there, but everyone had fun and screaming was at a minimum. 😉

We headed back to the RV, and I hustled it up the hill.  No problems, just toss it into a low gear and step on the gas.  Getting down will probably be slightly more interesting, but I don’t expect any problems.

We’ll be here until Monday, then we head back home so we can do more to get the house ready and to fix a few more things on the RV. 

‘Till next time!

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