DAY 58; Sat., Oct. 26. Lake Lure to Dickson, TN

A big driving day, lengthened by 1.5 hours because the Blue Ridge Parkway, leading to the Smokies, outside of Maggie Valley is closed. We then drive on west to Cherokee and the road over the Great Smoky Mountains has, literally, bumper to bumper traffic. So we turn around, go back east to Maggie Valley and go over the Smokies on I-40. The leaves are turning and pretty, but not the same thing seen from an interstate. However, the I-40 drive from Knoxville to Nashville is quite colorful and attractive. The only real highlight of the day was a tasty Italian lunch at Frankie’s, in Maggie Valley. One big disappointment of the trip is the book, “Roadfood”. They miss many towns and many good restaurants. We think we could do better! One huge bonus of being in TN is the gas price of $3.20/gal. Quite a contrast to Canada, where the price often converted to about $5/gal. Wonder why. Taxes? We finally get to Dickson, west of Nashville, around 8 PM, tired, but glad that the drive tomorrow to Memphis is just 2.5 hours.

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