Friday, May 10, 2013

North Carolina To Tennessee and The TVA Melton Hill Dam Recreation Area

Lenoir City, TN.

59 deg. light fog, no wind.
Forecast = Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Highs around 75°F. South southwest wind 4 to 18 MPH, gusting to 28 MPH. Chance of precipitation near 70%.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms likely. Lows around 63°F. Southwest wind 7 to 15 MPH, gusting to 23 MPH.

After a nice one night stay at the Miles Motors RV Park. we left Swannanoa at 9:45 and continued West on I-40. A little past Asheville, the road swung towards the NW, up into the Smokys and then into Tennessee where it turned West again.  Just after turning West, we pulled into a Pilot gas station and filled up Bobbie T's tank with 87 octane gas.

This time there were no credit card issues and except for having to wait for a pump to open up, everything went smoothly. ; )

Once back on I-40 and heading West, the question came up as weather to continue on I-40 right through Knoxville or to go around to the North on I-640. Well, Jim decided to right through the center of the city on 40, so when we came to the split, we stayed on 40.

40 through Knoxville, was OK, but boy, was it ever crowded!! For most of the way, we were running bumper to bumper at 55 to 60 mph!!! Way too fast and too close for me!!! : O

We made it through without any problems though and soon we were West of the city and turning off on exit 364 and heading North on Route 321. In just a short way, we were turning off at the signs that pointed the way here to the TVA Melton Hill Dam Recreation Area Camp Ground.

It was 1:10 when we pulled up in front of the registration kiosk so we traveled for 3 hours and 25 minutes,  got gas for Bobbie T and traveled  150 miles.

This is a nice park. It reminds me a lot of some of the COE parks that we've stayed at through the years. There's lots of trees, so if you have satellite, you just may be out of luck. Most of the sites seem to be fairly level and medium in size, but the as we found when we drove back into the CG, the roads were narrow with some very sharp curves and corners. They have a few sites that are full hook-up but the site we're in only has water and electric. (30 / 50 amp),

I do, however, have a great view from out under Bobbie T's awning. ; )

This is the view looking more toward the rear of our site.

And, this is the view looking from the road back up to our site.

The site is well equipped with a  large cement picnic table, fire ring, grill and a post to hang a lantern on.

Jim and Linda like this park and the site we're in, so they signed up for 3 nights.

Oh!!! And the best part?  They honored Jim's Golden Age Passport, so we're staying here for $11 per night!!!  ; )

Did you know that today is "National Doodle Day"?

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