We left the history of Virginia hoping to get back to nature in the Smokeys. Our nature consisted of torrential rains, gusty winds, and tornado watches. I had to get on-line to learn what to do when you're driving with a tornado in your rear mirror. Okay, they have scary weather here...I'm suppose to abandon my vehicle and lay face down in a shallow ditch with my hands over my head! Oh, and also try not to drown from the probable flash flood that will fill my shallow grave - oops, I mean ditch. Luckily we out ran that storm, but the weather was still bad in Gatlinburg, entrance to the park. It was too windy and no visibility for us to take the tram up the mountain. The Smokeys here in Tennesse are more like Disneyland. Huge amusement parks (Dollywood) water slides, huge hotels, add naseum. So, out of the mountains we went and back to civilization as we know it. We toured the Nissan factory in Smyrna Tn. The place was huge! The factory is a mile long and employed over 4000 people. A far cry from our next tour...Jack Daniels in Lynchburg, population 326. Jack's has 400 employees (less than the city's population). The town is adorable with a city square, gazeebo and church bells.
After Lynchburg we headed south and stayed at "Caamp Walmart" just outside of Birmingham. Our mileage to date is 5,565 miles and we are aiming for Baton Rogue Louisiana tonight