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Watauga County

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  • Day78

    Day 78 - Blue Ridge Parkway

    July 8 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    I had the best sleep on our trip so far, apparently Jackie didn’t. We also had one of our better breakfasts & stole butters, jams & bananas for our lunch/ tea.

    Our 1st stop of the day was the Basilica of Saint Lawrence in Asheville. The architect was the renowned architect, Raphael Guastavino, who came to Asheville in 1900s to work on the Biltmore House. We went inside to admire the stunning decor. I took a photo & flapped around in my flip-flops whilst Jackie prayed. Our departure & that of a family of four was prematurely brought forward by the arrival of a Hobo who wanted to talk to everyone.

    Next stop was the Large Iron, a Flat Iron sculpture outside The Flat Iron Building. It wasn’t as impressive as it should have been & it appeared to get used as an ideal surface to stick flyers to. Some bloke was peeling some off when we pulled up.

    Asheville seemed a very nice town, possibly because it resembled a North European city complete with town squares & alfresco dining.

    We drove on past the Biltmore Estate & back to the Blue Ridge Parkway. I drove to the Asheville Visitor Center on the BRP & handed over the reins to Jackie. Jackie then drove the next 79.6 miles to Line Cove Viaduct Information Center without much incident, just with impressive accuracy in finding all the potholes in the road!

    This leg of the route took us past Craggy Gardens, Mount Mitchell State Park, Little Switzerland & Linville Falls. Most of this journey was through Pisgah Forest & we were hemmed in by trees on both sides of the road. There were the occasional look-outs, but just one or two we stopped at, because we had ambitiously planned to drive a total of 262.4 miles on the BRP at a maximum speed limit of 45mph & often 35mph.

    At Line Cove Viaduct Info Center, I took over the driving & we passed Deep Gap, Benge Gap, Doughton Park, Cumberland Knob & crossed the State Line into Virginia before stopping at the Blue Ridge Music Center, which is run by the National Park Service. We arrived at 3.55pm & saw the last couple of minutes of a bluegrass band playing to an audience. They also had dancers jigging about. To the untrained ear, bluegrass music appears to be dominated by the banjo & it reminded us of that piece of music from Deliverance.

    After looking at their collection of instruments, we continued on north up the BRP, passing Mount Airy, then stopping at Fancy Gap for some petrol. We then continued, passing Groundhog Mountain, Meadows of Dan, Mabry Mill, Rocky Knob, Tuggles Gap, before turning off at Roanoke. I had tried to speed up a bit on the last leg, but we encountered numerous deer in the road & one wild turkey. We didn’t want anymore dents!

    We planned to stay in Tanglewood, just outside Roanoke, but we didn’t like the area & ended up driving another 20 kilometres to a little town called Daleville & checking into a (not so) Super 8. The receptionist informed us that we could get 10% off at the Mexican next door, which was a game changer for us.

    The Mexican, Rancho Viejo, appeared to be busy, so we had a couple of beers in our room then went to the Mexican at 8:40pm. The only customers in the restaurant were 6 blokes who suddenly rushed out leaving virtually their whole dinners. It turned out there were the local on duty Fire Department team, who had presumably responded to a call. They returned to their dinner just as we were leaving.

    The Mexican restaurant annoyed me because they were mopping everything down despite not closing until 10.00pm & they put us in a seat closest to the door, so I insisted on moving. This caused a bit of tension, but the food turned out to be ok & cheap. We got our discount, so I did leave a $5 tip.

    Song of the Day - Duelling Banjos by Blueridge Mountain Bluegrass Band.
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  • Day103

    Blue Ridge Parkway 4

    October 6 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    Parkway Mile 215 - 297
    Das Wetter ähnelt einer Waschküche...

    Nachdem wir uns einen Picknick-Platz zum übernachten gesucht und uns eingerichtet hatten, klopft doch plötzlich ein Polizist an unser Auto… Er weißt uns freundlich drauf hin, dass 500m weiter ein Campingplatz ist 🙄, wir dürfen aber trotzdem auf dem Parkplatz bleiben 😉Read more

  • Day5

    Blue Ridge Parkway, oder: gib Gummi

    June 29, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Hanno schreibt:
    Heute: Blue Ridge Parkway, wurde gestern schon ausgiebig beschrieben.

    Allerdings stellten wir heute morgen fest, dass unser Flickversuch nicht komplett erfolgreich war. Also: zum örtlichen BMW-Händler (wegen des Torx-Schlüssels für das Hinterrad, der natürlich nicht im Bordwerkzeug der 1200er enthalten ist). Dort, nach weiterem erfolglosen Flickversuch, entschied sich Bernd für einen neuen TKC 80. Also ging’s erst mittags wieder los. Das ganze hat uns so erschöpft, dass erst mal ein Nickerchen anstand.

    Obwohl wir heute zelten wollten, haben wir uns für eine standesgemäße Unterkunft entschieden. Die gestern: kv. Ich füge mal hinzu, dass ich mich ganz wohl dabei fühle, heute NICHT zu zelten, da wir eben einen RICHTIGEN Bären in freier Wildbahn gesehen haben. Der von gestern war noch heranwachsend.

    Bernd gönnt sich gerade noch eine zusätzliche 100km-Runde. Warum, kann er Euch selbst schreiben. Ich petze ja nicht. 😉
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  • Day5

    Ruanoke-Blowing Rock

    June 29, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Nach einer Nacht in einem "Loch" müssten wir uns Vormittag um einen neuen Reifen für Bernd bemühen. Leider war der Reparatur Versuch am Vortag nicht von Erfolg gekrönt.
    Als wir Mittags dann los gekommen sind ging es weiter auf der Blue Ridge Mountain Street. Mittag müssten wir ein wenig Bubu 😴 machen da die letzte Nacht ja so toll war.
    Auf der Tour haben wir heute einen ausgewachsenen Bären gesehen, imposante Erscheinung 🐾. Leider waren wir wieder zu langsam mit dem Fotografieren.
    Beim letzten tanken hat Bernd seinen Rucksack vergessen so ist er gerade nochmals zurückgefahren. Wir haben uns derweil in einem Motel eingecheckt. Jetzt warten wir um dann noch gemeinsam zum Abendessen zu gehen.
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  • Day229

    Rain

    June 13, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

    The heavens opened up today with lightning and rain. One lightning strike happened with simultaneous thunder, very scary.

  • Day10

    El Rincon - Essen am Wegesrand

    October 20 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Durch Zufall in Blowing Rock gelandet, da uns der Magen in den Kniekehlen hing. Völlig überfüllter Wintersportort, dessen "Attraktionen" etwas ausserhalb in Boone zu finden sind.

    Desshalb ein nettes Örtrchen und ein wenig authentisch, ähnlich wie Black Mountain mit kleiner Downtown, Geschäften, Lokalen und einem Wallmart vor den Toren der Stadt. Dort sind wir einfach mal in dieses Mexikanisch /Amerikanische Restaurant reingegangen und haben gut zum Mittag gegessen.Read more

  • Day1841

    Grandfather Vineyard & Winery

    July 23, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

    After looking at homes in the Denver, NC area and a stop at Olde Hickory Brewery and Taproom, we planned to go to explore Grandfather Mountain, but rain clouds kept us away for fear our picnic would turn soggy. So we postponed that adventure to our upcoming October Weekend and, instead, enjoyed our time at Grandfather Vineyard & Winery, where it was twenty-four degrees cooler than Charlotte with NO rain!Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Watauga County, مقاطعة واتوغا, Уотога, ৱাটৌগা কাউন্টি, Condado de Watauga, Watauga konderria, شهرستان واتاگ، کارولینای شمالی, Comté de Watauga, Watauga megye, Contea di Watauga, ワタウガ郡, Watauga Kūn, Hrabstwo Watauga, واتاؤگا کاؤنٹی, Comitatul Watauga, Ватога, Округ Ватога, Вотоґа, واٹاگا کاؤنٹی، شمالی کیرولائنا, Quận Watauga, Condado han Watauga, 沃托加縣

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