Well we slept in this morning, due to being up most of the night waiting on that Blue Ghost lady’s appearance. She was a NO-SHOW! Went down and had breakfast, our last $$$ expensive meal at the Story Inn. Quaint old world place, with lots of antiques about, it takes you back in time. Did some site seeing around the Story Inn grounds. I would have given the Story Inn Bed & Breakfast 4 Stars if they, 1) Actually included or gave you a discounted meal voucher with your stay for Breakfast, & 2) Fix up their out house. When I used it, I got goose bumps on my butt cheeks from all drafts that seeped in through the missing boards; indoor plumbing toilets would have been a plus too.
Now it was off to Will’s Farm to pick up our Vizla Dawg Cooper. Figuring we could save some time by not having to detour around the I 135 bridge closing, we cut through the Brown County State Park South Horseman’s gate entrance; driving past an old lady gate guard, luckily she was raking about. Not sure how much actual time this saved us, since we ended up doing some site seeing on our way through the park. Stopped by and climbed to the top of the popular Fire Tower attraction. At first Dayton was not confident enough to get past the 20′ level. But soon he was coaching others all the way to the top. Dayton actually climbed up and down the 100′ + tower a few times all by himself.
Finally got to Will’s country farm house after noon time, boy was Cooper happy to see us. Before I could even park the mVan, Cooper was trying to climb in through my open driver side window. Spent a few hours at Will’s place checking out all his upgrades, and then we all took a hike down to the creek. Creek was very low this time, so every one took off their shoes and socks, except for me, Will & Cooper; and played around in the crystal clear water for a while.
Got back up to Will’s farm house around 2PM. Time for a Potty break, and off we went to continue the longest part of our journey to Robbinsville, NC.
Well I drove and drove and drove into the night. Got to Kentucky pretty quick, took a little over an hour from Will’s farm. Got into Tennessee just as the sun went down. Only thing I saw worth mentioning was that the gas pricing kept dropping the farther we got from civilization. At one point I saw gas for $1.98 a gallon. Couldn’t get my camera out fast enough to snap a picture of that, but was able to get the next station’s gas price sign at $2.01. BTW, gas was selling for $2.75 a gallon when we left Chicago yesterday morning. By the time we hit the North Carolina border it was past midnight. Unknowingly we had come in on US-129, which we figured out (about half way up) was the infamous Tail-of-the Dragon.
Once we got into North Carolina on US 129, it wasn’t really all that twisty & turn-y anymore. Did not see one motorcycle, only a few cars with only one being a sporty Porsche race car type. Made it to the Microtel inn in Robbinsville around 1AM. Then it was off to bed….. Good Night |(