Travel

US Road Trip 2017, Day 4.

Today started with procrastination. I mild desire to stay in bed saw me out the door an hour later than planned. And, on the road a half-hour later than planned.

Once again, the day started at the Waffle House. Bacon, eggs, and coffee was followed by a trip to the gas station. Sadly, the gas station was over capacity, so I moved on down the road. 

At the north end of Anniston, curiosity got the better of me. I decided to take a small side trip into old FT McClellan and have a look-see. I kind of bumbled my way around old post for a bit. I could locate the starships over in the old training area easily, and didn’t have time to get really lost. I was in and old of the old Sumerall Gate off Route 21. 

Moving north again, I made my way up through AL, into north GA, and into TN. Running through the mountains was NICE! It was damned good to find some elevations change, for a change. Texas has nothing resembling mountains! I let the V8 in the truck howl it’s way up one hill after another …. until I got about halfway between Chattanooga and Knoxville. Here traffic came to a screeching halt and we all sat in our vehicles. 

I hoped on google maps and off the interstate. Taking the two lane south and then east back to my destination of Pigeon Forge, TN. 

Why would I be headed to Dollywood you ask? Good question. Answer: I wasn’t. I was headed to someplace much more obscure. The Outdoor Gravity Park. Obscure being the right word, as the place is well hidden. Nevertheless, I prevailed!

Upon seeing the hill, I had a slight bit of hesitation. My back isn’t a 20-year back anymore. But, I didn’t drive all this way for nothing, so I got out of the truck and walked to the observation deck. Shortly after arriving, a father and his son decended, and I was fully game!

As near as I can tell from the internet, the Outdoor Gravity Park is the only place in the USA where you can Zorb. They call it OGO, but it’s Zorbing. And, IT WAS MOST AWESOME !!!! (Yes I have video.)

After the Zorbing, still wearing wet clothes, I headed out to find the hotel. Tonight’s stay of choice is again a Super 8 Motel. This one at least a full star above yesterday’s choice. 

After dumping some bags, I went in search of an ATM and food. A large buffet worked good for providing a huge plate of meat. Food! Glorious Food! 

I spent a little time trying to view my video on my laptop, but I seem to have developed a problem with my windows media player driver. Once I get home again I’ll have to fix that. Until then, it can sit on the USB drive. LOL!

Early night tonight. More driving tomorrow. Good night all.


Started the day at the Waffle House!


Welcome to the peach state. 


Not a great picture, but traffic stopped as far as the eye could see.


Pigeon Forge is a well hidden tourist trap. I mean Orlando in the mountains.  The traffic on the main drag is awful. 


The hill at Outdoor Gravity Park. Zorbing is awesome! 

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