I was hoping to pull out of Athens around 9am this morning but did not wake up until 8. We took our time and pulled out around 10:15. We had around a 160 mile run today to Hixson TN, just outside Chattanooga. We are trying to get a site at Chester Frost Park.
We had a pretty easy drive, we made one stop for fuel at a Pilot and only needed 48 gallons. We followed the GPS and the roads got pretty narrow as we got close to the park. This is a county park right on the Tennessee River, our site is across the road maybe 150 feet from the waters edge. The park is very clean and nice and very popular. First come first served, no reservations. There were no waterfront sites but we had about 20 sites to select from. They had us unhook and take the car to check out sites and then we went back and checked into site 60 a pull-through 58 feet long. We have water and 50amps just no sewer, we are here 4 nights so thats not a problem.
|Bonnie at Check-n.|
|Site was real tight after the slides were out|
Then we tried one of the suggested local places. Choo Choo BBQ
|I had the Chicken|
|Bonnie dug right into her St Louis Ribs|
|This is our view out the side window|
We have a nice view of a campfire out the front window and since there are a lot of close campsites and a lot of fires the smell of smoke is thick in the air. Well thats about it for today. No WiFi here so we have to watch our data usage.
We slept in this morning and then had a leisurely morning. We decided that we would take a drive up north of here, which would put us on top of the Cumberland Plateau. We just wanted to get a feel for what the area was like. Once we got up there we were in and out of rain for most of the day. We went through some areas that had storm damage from wind but we never got in a big storm just heart rain. They call these storms pop up thunderstorms on the news here. It got down to 70 after some of the storms. We drove about 25 miles through a valley and there was one nursery farm after another the whole way, mostly young trees. This must be the perfect climate for them. We stopped for some lunch at SONIC which still have Car-Hops but they were not on skates. Bonnie had a Coconut Cream Pie milk shake, one of 25 novelty flavors they have. We made a big loop and were back at the rig after 4. We made a stop at Choo Choo BBQ again and picked up cole slaw and BBQ sauce to go with the pork roast Bonnie had put in the slow cooker earlier.
We got a neighbor this morning so this is our view of the river now.
|We lost our river view|
Well thats it for tonight, we are watching our data usage on our phone.
Slept in late again, its overcast so not much bight light in the coach to wake us. We are hoping to go up on lookout Mountain, but hoping for a clear day so we can see 7 different states. Late in the morning the maintenance guys came around and trimmed some of the branches on the side of the coach.
|The weekend crew trimmed some branches for us|
|This is at the upper station|
|A view up the tracks from the bottom station|
|Notice this a a picture out the roof of the car and the horizon is in the center|
|Passing the other car halfway down the hill|
|150hp motors have replaced the old steam engines that were first used|
|A view looking down the hill over the top of the car.|
|You can see a rain storm headed our way|
|Beautiful houses with a fantastic view|
|Roses all along there stone wall|
Rain woke me around 3:15am, hard rain. I rolled over and went back to sleep. We slept in again as it was overcast and dark. It looks like it will turn into a nice day. We have no plans for today maybe a movie and take it easy. We will start to check things in preparation for moving tomorrow.
Well did not take even one picture today. We just took it easy and then watched the Dover NASCAR race. It took all day. I went out in the middle and removed and replaced all the connectors on the box that controls the wipers. It also controls the air horn and it started blowing when I disconnected one of the 4 connectors, that was a bit of excitement. Hoping that helps the wipers work when I need them. Other than that we have just watched TV and rested.
After the race ended Bonnie decided to take a walk and take a look at the area. I figured its a good time to get this written and posted. Tomorrow we plan to move up to near Bristol, TN, so we will pretty much drive all the way up the state.
Its been a good week and the weather has been good also. There is a lot to see here in Chattanooga but we think we will be back so did not feel that we needed to try to see it all this time. Have a good week.
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