Driving through Tennesee
We started out on our journey about 10.30, a bit later than we meant to, but it wasn’t really critical. Our destination for the day was Asheville, North Carolina, set amidst the Blue Ridge Mountains, and probably best known for the enormous1895 French Renaissance style castle a little way out of town, built by George W. Vanderbilt, a 250 room mansion set in 8,000 acres, though that is not on our itinerary for this trip. Our route took us through Kentucky, Tennessee , and just into western North Carolina. It was a beautiful drive, with the fresh greens of Spring, and redbud blossom along much of the road. The first part of our journey was overcast with short intermittent rain showers, but by the time we reached Tennessee the skies were clearing, and the rest of the journey was just gorgeous. We arrived at our hotel about 4.30, after a slight detour as the road was blocked almost within sight of our hotel. There was a fire truck parked diagonally across the road and a few other emergency vehicles. We couldn’t see signs of an accident, but I could see a Telegraph pole leaning at a funny angle, so maybe someone had run into it, and brought some cables down. Fortunately, with the help of Google we were able to find a route around it. Having checked into the hotel and taken in our bags, we drove into town to have a wander round and ultimately get some dinner, which turned out to be excellent!
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