A drive along the Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway

Trip Start Apr 18, 2007
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Trip End Oct 16, 2007


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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

We spent the day touring the beautiful, scenic and eventually tediously boring Blue Ridge Parkway. It is a National Park 450 mile scenic road with no real purpose other than leisure. Endless low hills covered with deciduous trees of every shade of green. It will look amazing once the fall starts. We drove up to Mt Mitchell which is the highest peak in North Carolina at 6,500ft. At the top the clouds come rushing over the peak which produces an amazing scene.

We drove on and on at 45mph or less thru the scenery until we eventually reached Little Switzerland which ended up being "little more" than a single restaurant. We managed to get a reasonable meal and then set off for Linville Falls which are beautiful - a short walk and you're next to the upper falls and a further walk brings you to a view of all the falls.

We met an English couple and spent 20 mins chatting to them in the sun. It was nice to speak to some people. It takes forever to drive the parkway as it is very "wine-dee" road and it was now 4.30pm so we left them and drove onto to Boone named after Daniel where we stayed in Comfort Inn Suites where we have a fantastic road with a lounge area.

News is all about OJ Simpson being arrested over armed robbery in Las Vegas plus UK building society Northern Rock financial woes.
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