US Road Trip 2017, Day 10. 

Back on the road again. Today was another one of those Point A to Point B travel days. 

I left Bethesda heading north, opposite the flow of the morning rush hour, and made my way up to NY.  The run through all the historic places along route 15 in Maryland and Pensylania made me want to stop several times. The signs for Gettysburg also had me. But, I persevered. 

For the most part, the drive was nice. I love driving in the mountains. When you’re pulling a hill, and the V8 in the truck is whinning, and your ears pop, that’s when you know your in hill country. The run north through Pennsylvania and New York was all driving in the mountains. It was good. 

Clarification. The driving was good. The roads were horrendous. From the Northeast Extension in PA, pretty much all the way north on I-81 to Watertown, NY, was road construction. Pennsylvania had tore up Road being rebuilt. New York had miles of cones out at a time for some ditch job or ramp repaving job. It basically sucked bad. 

The green dense trees and the vertical change helped to make up for it. By the time I got into the ST Lawrence River Valley, I was okay again. 

I came north, or home I should say, to spend a couple days with my mom and dad, and hangout with friends. I’m sure it will be a good time. 

Rolling into the hometown of Potsdam, New York, I pulled up at my usual home away from home, The Northern Family Motel. I always stay here when I’m in town. The Motel is clean and neat, and the rates are super reasonable. They have a fabulous breakfast spread. They also have an awesome staff. Eric, the owner, is a high school friend of mine. I think he’d be offended if I stayed anywhere else at this point. Hahahaha. Seriously, if you’re passing through this way, you should give them a try. 

From the Motel, it was out of find food. As any local knows, the first stop is Jreck’s Subs. It’s a Northern New York institution. Ham and cheese on wheat, extra hot peppers. 

After food I stopped at the Local Elk’s Lodge (Lodge #2074) to sign in and see as many people as I could. It wasn’t a long commute, as the lodge is all of a good 100 feet around the corner from the sub shop. To get inside I had to ring the front door bell. I forgot my membership card in my bag. Inside, it was good and full as Wednesday night is dinner night at the lodge as well as Golf League night. I made the rounds and promised everyone I’d be back out tomorrow night. But it was a long drive, so I wasn’t gonna start the party just yet. 

Even going someplace you know well can be an adventure, at times.

Breakfast on the road. 

Every time I drive by the sign for FT Indiantown Gap, it makes me smell. Good memories from the Army Reserve in that place.

Driving in the mountains. 


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!