Yehaaw - Nascar and Tekkies!

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
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Trip End Nov 04, 2008


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Friday, August 22, 2008

This morning  we had an early start as we wanted to go down to Cherokee to visit the local Indian museum. And was that worth it! For 9 dollars you get an overview of Cherokee history, which is of course also US history and in this case, British history.

In the 19th century, the Cherokee were forced to leave the Great Smokies to move to the Wild West. This "ethnic cleansing" (to make way for european farmers) is now known as "The Trail of Tears". Many Cherokees died on the way, and when they finally arrived, they encounted the fierce resistance of other Indians in the West.

Today Cherokee, a huge casino and the countryside around is their reserve, but many Cherokees still live in the West. Then we found the doumentation of an English traveller, Henry Timberlake. He documented meticulously the live of the Cherokee, he lived with them for 3 month as a peacekeeper and investigator (after a "misunderstanding" with the British Forces), he was sent there by the British to understand the ways of Cherokee life. He even took three Cherokees on a journey back to Britain, so they could meet King George III (when he was still sane:-).

We then continued our way north on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Unfortunately this road is constantly interrrupted with road works, so we decided to leave this "scenic" route and went onto the motorway. We were basically doing loops around the main road and converting 20 miles into 50 each time we found a road work.

Our aim was to find a cheap motel in Wytheville, but unfortunately it was Nascar race weekend, and the motels were expensive. So, we moved on to Christianburg. Just too tired to move on, we tried to get another motel, but nooo, it was "home coming" weeekend for the students of Virginia Tech....but, in the end we chatted a bit with the Indian owner of the Knights Inn, and he lowered his rate for us to 80 Dollars (from 100), so he had his place full. We had another good salad at Ruby Tuedays and went straight to our expensive beds...
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