It's about time.

Many of you that can relate to this. Working long hours at your career. Raising your families. Buying a home and paying all the bills related to being homeowners and parents. We're now retired and don't need all that work and expense. Now "It's about time" to follow our dreams.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Better Roads and Almost There.

Our Location today is Marion, North Carolina, USA.

Even though we were both tired from the long hours on the road yesterday neither of us slept that well last night. Even though we were parked towards the rear corner of the semis parking area at Flying J there was a constant turnover of trucks coming and going all night. Besides it was cool enough that we both stayed under covers all night and when we finally got out of the trailer this morning we found a light frost melting off the windshield of the truck. 

We had breakfast at the Denny’s restaurant this morning choosing to eat from the seniors menu so as not to overeat. Considering that our supper last night only cost us a tip to the waitress we could afford to have breakfast out. We also had our exercise just from the walk to and from the restaurant itself. 

As we prepared to move to the RV fueling islands I noticed a very nice looking semi park just ahead of us. I mouthed the words to the driver “Nice Truck” and gave him a thumbs up. The next thing we know the driver Mike comes over and starts talking to Kathy and I. He has driven over five million miles and his wife has driven over three million miles. They both drive as a team coast to coast and have plans to retire in another two and a half years but they won’t be driving. They have plans to do some extensive sailing in their future. No more blacktop! You meet such interesting and friendly people on the road. 

It was nearly 10:00 by the time I’d fueled the truck and we were once again on the road. We drove through a couple of minor construction zones but barely noticed any slowdown. We stopped at Cracker Barrel at 12:00 and enjoyed their Friday Special of grilled fish and we were both careful to avoid fries in an attempt to not blow our diets too badly. 

It was nearly 1:00 by the time we got back on the road and it was less than ten miles to our cutoff to the Corbin Bypass. We had barely travelled a mile on the bypass when we spotted a Walmart and quickly turned in. Parking near another RV we had a long walk downhill to the store. After completing our grocery shopping we then needed to push a full cart of food uphill back to the trailer. No one could say we didn’t get any exercise today. 

It was nearly 2:00 by the time we were back on the road which took us through a number of small communities all of which seemed to have a Walmarts surrounded by any number of the varying fast-food outlets. It wasn’t long before we were driving through the Cumberland Gap Tunnel causing Kathy to take pictures like never before. She was just in awe over the beauty of the landscape surrounding us. 

We stopped in the parking lot of a small strip mall close to 4:30 and enjoyed some Potato Salad and Broasted Chicken Kathy had picked up at Walmart. That energized us enough to push on and since this is the Memorial Weekend in the US our chances of finding a campsite for one night were very slim so we didn’t try. We managed to drive within 30 miles of our intended destination after covering 360.5 miles of Roller Coaster Roads today. We are parked with permission in the rear of a much smaller truck stop for the night so the truck traffic shouldn’t be as disturbing. 

Tomorrow we’ll enjoy a leisure breakfast at our own dining room table before heading out and arriving before noon at our stop for the next week. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

All Today's Photos 
Taken By Kathy


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  1. Sounds like you trek is moving along smoothly. Happy trails tomorrow.

  2. Glad to see you guys headed south. That's a beautiful area your travelling through. Enjoy!!!

  3. That seems like a lot of miles, hope it is going to be a long holiday.
    We much prefer stoping overnight at a Supper Walmart thats open 24 hours, usually much more room and quieter too. Have never had an issue in 10 years.

  4. The Cumberland Gap are is so lovely. You should visit there in the Fall. Awesome.