Monday, 21 April 2014

Pigeon Forge TN to Charlotte NC (224 Miles)

We had an absolutely amazing drive today, through the Smoky Mtns. It reminded both of us of our home province of British Columbia. I mentioned this the other day when looking through Pigeon Forge. We both thought it reminded us of BC as well but driving through this mountain range, it became even more apparent!!




The beautiful Smoky Mtns.....
We kept climbing and climbing until we reached the elevation of 5046 ft. and right on the Tennessee and North Carolina state line!! Who knew?!! 
See Euri - he is one state while we are in the other!!




 Here is North Carolina!!
Introducing their state flag too!!
We left Gatlinburg on Hwy 441S carried on through the Great Smoky Mtns National Park highway. Gorgeous! Then through Cherokee eastbound on Hwy 19 until we hooked up with the I-40. From there it was through to the Asheville turnoff and we turned down onto Hwy 26 which then turns in Hwy 74 turns into Hwy 85, goes through Gastonia and then straight to the Sleep Inn!! 



As we rounded each corner, there was lots of discussion of where in BC these road reminded us of. We really enjoyed the ride and I felt, for the first time in a long time, like I was at home. That is pretty funny because we are actually about 4750 kms (2951 miles)from home! Still it looks so familiar!!
After nearly 4 months on the road in the van (with the exception of our time at Anna Maria Island in Florida with my aunt & uncle) we decided that we would stay in a hotel for 2 nights.
We were having trouble finding a campground anywhere near Charlotte. We are planning a trip to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and a trip into one of Doug's old branch offices on Tuesday. The only reasonable county style park we could find was 29 miles in the wrong direction. For a really good price we are in the lap of luxury at a Sleep Inn!! This is "slightly" larger than the space we have lived in for 4 months!! (ha ha ha) In fact, the desk top in here is about the size we have lived in. We both thought that was pretty funny. When I looked into the hallway, I told Doug that it looked like an off ramp on the highway!! YIKES!!! It is funny that when you get so used to a super small space that it almost hurts your eyes! The only thing I haven't figured out is how to barbeque in here! Just kidding!! But, we will bring up our salad fixings and deli meat and bagels and do our own dinner, plus they provide free breakfast! Two nights of our OWN bathroom!!!!
Small room in the world of hotel rooms but we
could park at least 2 Euri's in here!
So, tomorrow we will show you lots of photos of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and areas around Charlotte!! 
A little correction on something I posted when we were in Savannah. I apologized to my cousin Zach Hunter that we would not be able to come into South Carolina far enough to see him and his family. Seems that he actually lives in NORTH Carolina. Sorry again, we aren't going that far down into NC, we are staying up at the top of the state. But on the up side.....I got the state right this time anyway!!
Thought for the Day: Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.


  1. Glad to see you got to the Park monument. We had our Grandsons Tyler and Matthew pictured in different states.
    Taking the motel room for a couple of nights is like stopping to smell the roses once in a while.
    If those roads remind you of BC then we can't wait to go there.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

    1. It was crazy how much we felt at home on this drive - so much like BC. You would like our province too!!

  2. Have a fun time in NC and enjoy that bed & bathroom. Remember, a b & b is awaiting you in Nova Scotia! xo xo

    1. We can hardly wait. Glad you are home again!!

  3. The Smokies are very old mountains. When they formed many millenia ago, they were taller than the Tetons. Enjoy the Nascar!