Our departure from Asheville was a half hour later than we’d planned. It’s been awhile since we’ve driven 200 miles or more on our travel days but with our next destination being in the vicinity of Nashville, Tennessee, we expected to be on the road for 5-6 hours.
We pulled onto I-40 at 7:45 Wednesday morning. It was so foggy, we couldn’t see the top of the mountains we were driving past but the fog didn’t stick around for long. By the time we reached the Smokies, it had dissipated. We did have one section of I-40 near the North Carolina-Tennessee border that went down to one lane. A rock slide had occurred a few days earlier and the road crew was working on getting it cleared away. There were a couple of good sized boulders that came down. We noticed some sections of highway had protective netting or fencing on the exposed mountain sides to help prevent rocks from crashing down into traffic but most areas did not.Other than that, our drive was uneventful.
We arrived in Mt. Juliet 5 hours later. We’ll be parked at Cedar Creek COE Campground for the next 2 weeks while we do a little sightseeing in nearby Nashville. Don was raised on country music, particularly on the Opry stars of old. He does a little pickin’ and singin’ himself so we’re here for him to delve into Nashville, the Heart of Country Music.
This is our first time staying in this park. I had no idea what the sites were like when I made our reservation. Even if you view a particular site online, the picture is usually too small or framed in such a way that you often can’t judge if it’s the right site for your rig. That was the case with us here. I wanted to get us a site on the water but those were already spoken for. I then looked at other sites across the road from the water and site #59 looked good. And it is….except, the site is only one vehicle wide and there’s a drainage ditch to either side of it where the site meets the campground road. It was very tricky for Don to back into it. It took several tries and he went extra slow. I am certain that if anyone was watching, they surly thought we were rookies. Now the question is…how will we get out??? But for now, it is a perfectly lovely spot with spectacular views of Old Hickory Lake.
We have excellent 50 amp service. All sites are paved with electric and water hookups. There is ample spacing between sites. Some are extremely spacious, ours being one of them. The caretakers obviously take pride in their camp as it’s very clean, so are the bath houses.
Thus far I have spotted Canadian geese, ducks, 2 Loons and a Great Blue Heron. The only thing that could make this better would be if we had a fishing boat.
Here’s lookin’ at you kid……………..