Asheville to CharlotteJune 21, 2017 in the United States
A final long drive on our trip through the south as we head out to our last but one destination of Charlotte in North Carolina. The landscape was similar to our whole journey across the south ie dense forestry and rolling landscape. Only this was an even more so, huge walls of vines climbed up every surface including across telegraph poles and across their connecting lines.
We took a more pleasant route away from the interstates through the charmingly named Batcave, Chimney Rock and Lake Lure. Batcave was a disappointment. I expected a gaping cavern complete with thousands of hanging bats and tyre tracks from the Batmobile. All there appeared to be was a road disappearing into a bush and creepy gift shop across from it with a battered old psychedelicly painted car and a line of scarecrows with old dresses for clothes and pumpkin heads. Further on is the rather faded tourist town of Chimney Rock. Chimney Rock is a stack of rocks on a precipice at the summit of a small mountain above the valley. There was a smattering of visitors but most seemed to be poking around the various rock and mineral shops and checking out the menus at the few eateries. Few appeared to be driving up to the rock to find out what the no doubt hefty admission charge was.
After chimney rock we headed for Lake Lure and had a spot of lunch on its banks.
On to Charlotte where we were staying downtown in a Hyatt. being on the 16th floor gave us great views over the city and outwards towards South Carolina. As green as any other state that we have experienced in the south.
Perhaps unfairly we found Charlotte unremarkable. The top attractions seem to revolve around Billy Graham or NASCAR. perhaps we should have tried the N Carolina version of barbecue which is apparently vinegar based but we decided instead to go for a Mexican downtown which was pretty forgettable.
At this stage of a long trip it is hard to keep going. We planned an early start tomorrow and a trip to midtown and beyond. We slept well despite the pillows being like a bag stuffed with rags.Read more