Day 21 - Gatlinburg - Tennessee

Trip Start Oct 13, 2012
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Trip End Nov 19, 2012


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Friday, November 2, 2012

One last stop before I bid Kentucky farewell and that was at Daniel Boone National Forest to see the Cumberland Falls.

In 1775 Daniel Boone led a group of men through the Cumberland Gap (a pass between the Appalachian Mountains) to widen the pass in order to make settlement into Kentucky and Tennessee easier. The area has since been named after him and includes the Cumberland Falls.

Then it was time to settle in for a big long coach ride back to Tennessee, this time to the east side to a place called Gatlingburg.

I've been told that Gatlingburg is hillbilly country. I don't know if that's true but I know it certainly doesn't disappoint. The accents here are fantastic! I swear the town's shuttle bus driver could have provided inspiration for fog horn leg horn. I promise, no word of a lie, that when someone tried to pay the 50 cent fair with a $5 note he said "I can't ... I say I can't possibly change that" complete with cartoon character drawl, I nearly fell off my seat laughing. I'm sure he thought me quite odd.

And the town itself is fantastic. If Nashville is the buckle this place could make up the rest of the belt all on its own. I passed one store called "God's Corner" only to cross the street and find another called "God's World", then I saw a dozen people in t-shirts that said "I was saved by Amazing Grace". They certainly love their religion around here. But they also certainly love their food. There's quite a weight issue. I don't say this is a local issue as many of the people here are in town visiting for the weekend from elsewhere, but I'm sure the 30 odd pancake places here don't really help. What a town!
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