Total Wilderness

Trip Start Jun 26, 2006
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Trip End Feb 28, 2007


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Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Today we left for another road trip...well when we finally got out of bed and got oursleves sorted that is! Everything seemed to take forever....how long can it take to pack one rucksack each and go to the shop? asnwer if Neil and Amy are involved most of the day!

First stop of the day lunch, but when it was lunch time....all signs of life disappeared, we couldnīt even find a toilet! Neil found one in Macdonalds, but i was adamant we werenīt gonna eat there, so instead we ended up in Arbys....a strange old place, but they did serve up interesting beef sandwiches - which made a pleasant change from bloody burgers!

Asked for directions just outside the park, and the wierfd woman gave us directions to the most obscure entrance to the park ever. Ended up at some campsite that was wierd and miles from anywhere, so decided to ignore her dumb directions and find our own way!

Drove through Cherokee, and indian reserve...looked like a huge tourist attraction...and decided to leave exploring that for another day. Found our way to a sensible campsite...our fav a national park one. Got set up then headed out to try and find wood. Now you would expect as the Americans who camp are obsessed with campfires...that it would be easy to find...but oh no....and when we did they wanted an arm and a leg for a few logs...so on we went, found a place selling soggy boiled peanuts and wood, but it was closed, dispite the big vat of peanuts still bubbling away! Rventually found some, still expensive but at least it looked like it might be enough to burn for more than 5 minutes.

Back at camp, we ate something or other, and tried to light our fire....we haven{t sussed it yet, reckon you need half a ton of petroleum to get the wood in america to bloody light! After hours of trying we got fire and enjoyed a few beers while watching it burn.

Day 2

After exploring the ever so exciting town of Cherokee with its tacky shops (where neil bought himself a toutoise pendent) and arcades and zoo with bears, bears oh and more bears we decided we needed to get our moneys worth in the national park, so set off on a scenic drive...and a walk. The drive was pretty cool, the walk was just wierd! It was a nature trail, but it didīt lead anywhere, and was scary cos it was really enclosed deep in the heart of the forest and im convinced there were bears watching us, what else could all the poo have been from! Got back without being eaten, not sure how...amd carried om with our scenic drive. Was cool, but then we got bloody lost in the middle of the indian reserve, our directions sent us round in circles! We enventually got out and ended up back in Cherokee. We decided lunch would be a good idea, so headed to our fav place, Hardees....enjoyed yummy mushroom and cheese burgers then it was hit the road time. Took the scenic route through the park....was cool but definately no the best park we have been to, still you can see why its called the smoky mountains, the mountains are pretty cool, and look kinda blue with the huge amounts of mist that hangs around. Our journey ended in Gatlinburg...decided to avoid that one as it sounded like Cherokee!
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