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Old 05-31-2007, 10:29 PM   #76
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On Top of Old Smokey

Sorry, late start. Puter hates me.

Back on the road from Cincy, we pick up 75. Finally, I feel like we are going south again. Straight down to Lexington. Next "big" city to encounter. And still , the scenery is very pretty.
What's not pretty is my back. I am really getting concerned about it. My wife, whom I love to death, does not drive on highways or expressways,even though she's a good driver. They just scare her to death to drive on. I have found that when someone feels that way, it's a good thing that they don't do that then.

So, you have to understand, my concern now.
45 minutes goes by and I'm waiting for the Ibu's to kick in.

No kick.

Ok, how about a little "push" then?

No push.

A nudge? Gentle whisper in my ear? Cmon! I know you're in there cuz my stomach's all messed up.

And then you get squirmy.
Thank God for cruise control. By this point in the trip, I was playing those CC buttons on the steering wheel like a concert pianist.

Really.
Set. Coast. Resume. Accelerate. Coast. Resume.
I pulled into that gas station under cruise control.

Now from Cincy down to Lexington, we have the highway pretty much to ourselves. Even though I'm enjoyin the sights, I've got the back squirmies.
Play with the lumbar support. Uh uh. Tilt the seat back. Uh uh. Move the steering wheel, tilt the back rest, just trying anything. Uh uh.

Now, I'm sitting side saddle, facing my window but still playing the buttons.
Ahhh, Bach.

Sure there's no requests?

And then I crack.

She's just looking out the window, and I scream out:

"I NEED DRUGS!"

"Geez! You scared me."

"Sorry".

She reached behind her and pulled out a juice pack, gave that to me and dug into my little, tiny, pathetic pharmacy.

I glanced down to make sure she gave me what I asked for. I saw the extra strength, ok.

"Say hello to my little friends".

"Huh?"

"Nothing."

And on we go.

Going by Lexington, we saw a strange woman standing by 75, holding up a sign.

"Disney or Bust."

Diane pointed her out and waved.

From here it's now a long way to the next city, Knoxville Tenn.

I'm looking at my watch.
Finally, relief. My little friends have come to say "howdy."

(please, don't any of you do this, I have had to do this for years and years, and I know how they effect me. Plus I have built up a resistance.)

Down to Knoxville, and it's a long way. I'm finally back to driving in a normal position, and can appreciate the sights.
We are going through the Daniel Boone National Forest, and it's kind of "mountainy", at least more than we expected. Very pretty.

After a while, I decided that; "Hey, you hardly ever check the gauges when you are in cruise mode, " so, I start reading the dashboard.

Speed: 70
Fuel: 3 quarters
Tach: 3200 rpm
Temp: 150
Ceiling: Unlimited
Track: Fast
Pulse: 83
Par: 4

By the time we hit Knoxville, the Pk's were pretty gone, and it was time to hit rt 40 , and go through the "real" mountains. Even though we didn't need gas yet, I wondered if we might have a long drought in the mountains, so we stopped and filled up again.

The getting out really helped, if even for 10 minutes.

And on we go.

Even though we have been to the Smokies before, never this way. And we both wondered if after all we've just seen if this part might be a letdown.
Oh, how foolish adults can be.

Whatever I saw of the mountains came from the view out the windshield.
I didn't DARE turn my head. She's marvelling at the sights, and nervous at the same time. It's not like you are driving so close to the edge, but close enough. And the road gets extremely curvy.

Still have the road to myself though, pretty much.
But.
My back is killing me, it's bright sunny out, and it's raining.
And curvy.
I said "What? Do I have to juggle too?" This is the part that she and I are oil and water. You see, when I get nervous, I make jokes. Can't help it. When she is nervous, that's the last thing she wants to hear. And she gets really mad if I do. So it didn't help when I yelled out on a sharp left hand curve, "WHOA, HARD TO PORT! "

But on we went.

Then I saw the sign.
"Vehicles turn your headlights on!!"

Now this part is a part of the trip that I never shared with Smidgey.

We went into a tunnel inside the mountain that was PITCH BLACK! And even with my headlights on, from coming out of the bright sunshine, I couldn't see a thing.

I slowed down a bit, but you can't do that too much.
I had a death grip on the wheel, trying to "feel" my way through this thing using a "bat's" sonar.

It was that dark.

Shall we sing?

"Inside of Old Smokey,
I can't see a thing,"
"And soon we'll be wearing,
The nice scene-r- y."

"We'll crash in the tunnel,
We'll total the car"
"And soon they will funnel
Our guts in a jar."

Finally, a light at the end of the tunnel. Wow! A real life cliche.
"Come to the light. Come to the light."

And I did. What a relief to be back outside. Except now the sun is gone, and it's pouring out.

About ten miles or so down the road, my heart dropped.

"Vehicles, turn on your headlights."

Noooooo, I played this game already, and I won! Don't do this to me again.

However, this time it was lit up all along the way inside, Easy Peazy,,,,,

And on we go to Ashville N.C.

Switch to rt 26, and make Spartanburg, S.C. Not long after I couldn't stand it anymore, and had to hit a rest stop. Late afternoon now, and yes, I gave my buddy, Vic a call again.

Through Columbia, and now we're checking out signs and such for motels. I can see it's starting to get dark, and what do you know? Next town is Orangegurg. Just where I thought we'd make it to.

A Howard Johnson for 45 a night, cheapest we could find. Most Motel 6's blow this place away. But it worked. The next morning, I filled up again, and we had breakfast at a "Waffle House."

Yes, THE waffle house. Never have eaten in one before. It wasn't too bad.
I ordered "over medium" , they came out runny.
Diane ordered "over easy" they came out hard.

And on we go.

Picked up RT 95 and the "love" was gone from our scenery.

We hit a load of conjestion in Jacksonville, couldn't get over to Highway A1A there so we stayed on 95 till St. Augustine. One really cool thing about Jacksonville was that she had read that there is now a new bypass bridge. Open, but not completed yet. When you first see it, you are coming down from a pretty high hill down to the river where the bridge is. Since you're high and the bridge goes Way Up, it looked like cars were going up this bridge and then just falling off into the water. My wife loved it. right.

Let me tell you, after 909 miles the first day driving, the next day you are shot. My back was bothering me after about 80 miles. And the last two vics went down about 30 miles outside of St. Auggie.

Going through the town to get to A1A, I wasn't all that impressed, I don't think she was either. It reminded me of The Dells, in Wisconsin, or Gatlinburg.

What was kinda cool was there is a bridge you have to cross, something like the Lion Bridge, or Great Bear Bridge. Just as we got to it, this light turned red and I had to stop. We were the first car. Then the road separated from the bridge and went up so a huge yacht could go underneath.

Diane hates bridges as it is. but this was fun to watch. From then we found our Comfort Inn and checked in, right across from the beach.
Or so we were told.

Goodnight folks, some pics next time. Over the weekend. Honest. Maybe. :

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Old 05-31-2007, 10:49 PM   #77
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Now, I'm sitting side saddle, facing my window but still playing the buttons.


Shall we sing?

"Inside of Old Smokey,
I can't see a thing,"
"And soon we'll be wearing,
The nice scene-r- y."

"We'll crash in the tunnel,
We'll total the car"
"And soon they'll be pouring,
Our guts in a jar."

Finally, a light at the end of the tunnel. Wow! A real life cliche.
"Come to the light. Come to the light."

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As usual you are the cause of my family giving me weird looks! I seriously laughed till I cried over the sitting side saddle, and then when you decided to"sing" I just about had a depends moment!
And I have to admit that at first I believed the woman with the disney or bust sign and then reality hit me in the forehead and I realized you must be kidding.
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Old 05-31-2007, 11:14 PM   #78
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Shall we sing?

"Inside of Old Smokey,
I can't see a thing,"
"And soon we'll be wearing,
The nice scene-r- y."

"We'll crash in the tunnel,
We'll total the car"
"And soon they'll be pouring,
Our guts in a jar."

Finally, a light at the end of the tunnel. Wow! A real life cliche.
"Come to the light. Come to the light."

Cant wait to see your pictures. Love this installment! I dont think I could make it for such a long drive to Disney and I could not imagine what it would be like on the way home.
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Old 06-01-2007, 12:31 AM   #79
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"Inside of Old Smokey,
I can't see a thing,"
"And soon we'll be wearing,
The nice scene-r- y."

"We'll crash in the tunnel,
We'll total the car"
"And soon they'll be pouring,
Our guts in a jar."

Finally, a light at the end of the tunnel. Wow! A real life cliche.
"Come to the light. Come to the light."
Now that's funny, not that I would laugh at your impending doom by running into the wall of a dark tunnel, but the song is hilarious!
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Old 06-01-2007, 02:09 AM   #80
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Hi nebo! I'm still here in california. We did universal Hollywood today. Their backlot tour and citywalk are better, our parks are better! I enjoyed doing disneyland and California adventure too but am totally ready to go back to Florida.

Indy vs dinosaur? Indy IMO is a hair better. It is just as bumpy but the preshow at indy is totally cool. The ride itself has better effects, is more in your face and you can see. Well, maybe not you, but we can see a lot more of what's going on during the experience.

I enjoyed your update, esp the song. You totally had me believing your hitchhiker story too...for about a minute

Love your stories dude! Mean it!

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Old 06-01-2007, 07:06 AM   #81
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I had a death grip on the wheel, trying to "feel" my way through this thing using a "bat's" sonar.

It was that dark.

Shall we sing?

"Inside of Old Smokey,
I can't see a thing,"
"And soon we'll be wearing,
The nice scene-r- y."

"We'll crash in the tunnel,
We'll total the car"
"And soon they'll be pouring,
Our guts in a jar."
Somehow I know I'm going to be singing this all day.

Reading it while DH was getting ready for work he heard me cracking up and came to see what was sooooo funnt - my response "NEBO!" Great as usual.
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Read your last report and loved it. Side saddle??? I'm in!!!!
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"I NEED DRUGS!"

"Geez! You scared me."
I would think Diane would be used to this by now!
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Going by Lexington, we saw a strange woman standing by 75, holding up a sign.

"Disney or Bust."

Diane pointed her out and waved.
You didn't even slow down!
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Speed: 70
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Heh, heh. Good one bu don't look down! OK?
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Still have the road to myself though, pretty much.
But.
My back is killing me, it's bright sunny out, and it's raining.
And curvy.
I said "What? Do I have to juggle too?"
The passenger's seat is definitely the way to go through the mountain corridor on I-40 because it is SO beautiful although I have driven several times with just me and the kids. I'm always on the look out for a falling rock the size of a school bus.
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"Inside of Old Smokey,
I can't see a thing,"
"And soon we'll be wearing,
The nice scene-r- y."

"We'll crash in the tunnel,
We'll total the car"
"And soon they'll be pouring,
Our guts in a jar."
HILARIOUS! I can't believe I forgot to warn you about the tunnels!!! Even I can't see when I go from sunlight to darkness in the tunnels. The kids love 'em! DS spends half the trip yelling "where's the tunnel!!!"
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About ten miles or so down the road, my heart dropped.

"Vehicles, turn on your headlights."
I could see this coming when you mentioned the first tunnel. Glad this one was lit a little better.

I'm glad I know you guys are already back and safe. Geez! Diane...consider driving next time. Steve is scaring me!
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OK Steve--Nebo--Sharkbait----I'm in!!! A little late, but here none the less! I am loving it so far!!

Can't wait to read the rest!
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Love the song Nebo. I was actually wondering if you knew about the tunnels. Anxiously awaiting the part about robbing the drug store. I figure you needed to at some point. Thursday is so far away and this is such a long trip can't we have "It must be Monday/Thursday"?
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Sorry, Whatever I saw of the mountains came from the view out the windshield.
I didn't DARE turn my head. She's marvelling at the sights, and nervous at the same time. It's not like you are driving so close to the edge, but close enough. And the road gets extremely curvy.

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Omigosh! We lived in Colorado for a short time, while there we (okay I) decided we should go on one of the trails in the mountains..... took a wrong turn and ended up on another "trail", on my side of our Cherekee was a wall of rock (I may have scraped the mirror a couple times), on her side was..... air (and a breathtaking view- if she was able to breathe).
Wife just kept saying "Iwannagohome, weregonnadieifwedon'tgetoffthiscliff!"

Needless to say I'm not allowed to "point the car" anymore

Great stuff so far, had tears in my eyes

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OMG, the tunnel song is too funny. It's amazing you are still on this earth. Can't wait til monday!!
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Just telling you I am here and reading, I needed this. Frigging work week here! Thanks for the update, it made me cheer up! Glad to know you made it back alive, since you are posting!
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