It rained a little overnight, and we heard the distant trains blowing their crossing warnings as the temperatures dropped. Last night, I was in bed by 7:00 and asleep by 9:00. The rest did me good, and I felt better this morning.
Today would be another 200-mile drive, and it would be the same one we made last November, albeit a couple of weeks earlier in the month. We didn't have a need to hook up water or sewer, so we had only plugged in for the night. That made it pretty easy getting the outside ready to go.
We took our time and headed out around 11:00. I knew the Tennessee Volunteers were playing in Knoxville today, so I had checked to make sure it wasn't a noon game where we might get caught up in game traffic.
So, we went south on I-75 and took the eastern connector over to I-40 east toward Asheville. We've done that section of I-40 through the mountains many times, and it's an easy trip for an RV. The climbs and descents aren't bad at all, and though it is curvy, the speed limit is 50 for trucks and trucks have to stay in the right lane for most of the distance. Following the truck rules and paying attention to the slower speed signs makes it reasonably stress free. You can see groves in the pavement on some of the curves where truckers didn't heed to warning signs to slow down due to the danger of turning over the rig.
Once through the mountains, we exited onto U.S. 74 toward Waynesville and then on to where U.S. 23 diverted south at Dillsboro. We stopped at a very nice, new rest area along this part of the drive. Then it was U.S. 23 through Franklin, NC all the way to U.S. 123 just west of Toccoa, GA. Now, though these are great roads, a little more caution than was necessary on I-40 is recommended on the 6 - 8% downgrades on this stretch.
Last year, we found the Currahee RV Park & Campground on Passport America. It's a great little park on this route that we take to Florida to avoid Atlanta. I called early this morning and they assigned us Site 8. It's $15 with the Passport American discount on the water/electric sites.
We pulled in around 3:00, and there was no one at the office. So, we just pulled around the back of the sites like we did last year and pulled through into Site 8.
The cold front and gusty winds were moving in, and it was going to be a chilly night with temps expected to reach the low 30s. We plugged into to the 50-amp outlet, but didn't need to hook up to water as we still had a little in our fresh water tank.
Unlike last year in Site 5, this site is a bit more open in the back, so we were able to use our rooftop satellite dish. But before I settled in to watch college football, I took both vehicles a mile up the road to fuel up, so we'll be ready for our longest day tomorrow.
Fortunately, the gusty winds subsided as the sun went down. It was cold, but our electric heater and fireplace were enough to keep us warm.
My cold is almost gone, and I should be back to full strength in a day or two. Tomorrow we head to a little county park in Hazelhurst, GA that we found on the way north earlier this year. Then we'll make our final push to Jacksonville on Monday.
I think we're both looking forward to getting set up in the warmer weather and staying awhile. :)