On The Road Again…Travel to Chattanooga TN

On the road again

Just can’t wait to get on the road again
The life I love is making music with my friends

And I can’t wait to get on the road again
On the road again

Goin’ places that I’ve never been
Seein’ things that I may never see again

And I can’t wait to get on the road again
On the road again
Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway
We’re the best of friends
Insisting that the world keep turning our way

by Willie Nelson

Click here if you want to hear the whole thing.


 Well…that says it all…we’ve left Seminole and the 2016 Travel Season is officially underway.

Neil finished packing everyone on Thursday afternoon…and naturally we found another last minute problem…our awning won’t retract fully and stops about 4 inches before it is stowed. He zip tied it for the trip and we talked to our Fort Myers repair guy Gordon…he says that it’s most likely just that the fabric has stretched (it has) and now the spring in the roller bar runs out of spring before it runs out of deployed awning and it just needs a repair guy to add a little tension. So we’ll look for a guy to fix it up the road apiece.

Friday morning April 15…we started getting to leave about 0800 and by 0930 had hitched, said our “until next times” to all our friends…Dennis and Janet from Indy in the next site over and Rob/Tammy from Seminole, checked out at the office and were off on our 348 mile trip to Valdosta GA. It was pretty much traffic all day…and lots of construction although we didn’t really have any stop and go sections. Straight up I-75 we went and arrived at our first stop at River View Campground in Valdosta where we quickly paid our $35 nightly rate and got pulled into a nice 50 amp FHU site C6. It was a little downhill but we just lived with it for the night. No satellite visibility but there was cable TV so we plugged it in quickly then headed out for dinner. We saw an Outback not far away so just went there then back to the rig for the evening…we were tired from the combination of packing/hitching, a relatively long day, and it being the first day of Travel Season.

Saturday April 16 we were on the road by about 0830 for another 353 mile trip…this time to the outskirts of Chattanooga TN for a week. We’ll do some Fun Stuff© and Neil’s sister MJ is coming over to see us on Friday…and hopefully we’ll find an repair guy to solve our issue there.

We’re in site 164 at Raccoon Mountain RV Park…which is the next mountain over from Lookout Mountain which straddles the border between TN and GA just south of Chattanooga. Very nice place that the DLETC (Dining, Lodging, Entertainment and Transportation Coordinator) found for us.

Raccoon Mountain Site 164

Temps are going to be great this week…lows in the 50s and highs in the 60s to 70s…and we’re up on the mountain side a bit so have a nice breeze. After our quick setup (Neil didn’t do the flag until after Mass the next day as it was already 1820…we headed off to the 1885 Grill for dinner…a very nice looking place Connie picked out. Unfortunately it was 1830 on Saturday night when we got there and the wait was 30 or 40 people so we…simply shook up the Jello and went elsewhere. Checked out the Mojo Burrito across the street but it’s basically a local version of Chipotle and we wanted a little more upscale than that…so we ended up at Logan’s Roadhouse where Connie had ribs and Neil had a pretty outstanding Roadhouse Burger…along with a couple of Newcastle Brown Ale’s to wash them down. They have fresh, hot yeast rolls as an amuse bouche (that’s the freebie you get before dinner)…Neil ate one and we saved the other 3 and made cinnamon toast out of them the next morning.

After that it was back to the rig…TV…and bed.

Introducing a new blog feature…interesting things of the week. I’ve been posting them as funny pictures for awhile… but am going to expand it to include other interesting things we happen across on the interwebs this week. Some will be funny…some might be thought provoking…some will just be little tidbits that we found interesting. I’ll include links in case you want to go read the full article for some of them.

First up is the number 73. This link…Golden State Warriors and the Number 73…is from the New Yorker and deals with the defending NBA champs that won a league record 73 games (out of 82) this season…and it turns out that 73 is a number that…at least to mathematicians…is much more interesting than regular numbers. We could mostly not care less about basketball but we did find this treatise on 73 interesting.

73 it turns out is the sixth emirp…an emirp is a prime number which when you reverse the digits is still a prime number (hence the name emirp which is prime backwards).

73 is the 21st prime number…and 37 is the the 12th prime number…and 12 is 21 backwards.

If you multiply the digits in 72 you get 21…which is it’s prime number.

73 represented in binary is a palindrome…a number or word which reads the same both ways…1001001.

It’s the number of books in the Catholic bible.

Finally…the number of points scored in the Warriors 73rd victory by their star Stephen Curry…was 37.

Everybody talks about how the Titanic that sunk back on April 15, 1912…precisely 104 years before Travel Season 2016 started was one of the largest liners at the time…here’s how it compares to a current day cruise ship when seen from the front.


Continuing in the Titanic vein.


This is the Beartooth Highway in MT on April 13…a good reason why we don’t go that far north yet.


From the Department of the Ridiculously Obvious.


Looks like a design flaw to me.



And finally…a love note from Pluto to NASA…as you recall Pluto was recently demoted from being the 9th planet to dwarf planet…which was a completely idiotic decision by an agency that seems to be losing it’s head…their definition of a dwarf planet is “A dwarf planet orbits the sun just like other planets, but it is smaller.” So this means that if you are getting rained on and the water drops get smaller then you’re not getting rained on any more I guess…yeah, right (this is the only time that two positives can equal a negative).


I’ll post again later in the week once I have some Fun Stuff© to talk about.


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The full time RV travels and experiences of Gunther the Bear and Kara the Dog…along with their human staff neil and Connie.
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2 Responses to On The Road Again…Travel to Chattanooga TN

  1. Mj Trainor says:

    Can’t wait to see y’all Friday!

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