We woke up at our campground feeling ready to get on the road and finish out the drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway. Joey had lobbied for an early departure toward Charlotte the day before, but Tom and I felt it was pretty essential that we drive the whole length of the parkway. We were headed off to the Great Smoky Mountains at the end of the drive, and excited to see the beautiful parkway one more time. I tried somewhat successfully to whip up some eggs and pork from the night before for breakfast. We ate breakfast on a picnic table right next to a beautiful river where we had eaten dinner the night before and had gotten some amazing shots of the sunset. After we threw some pretzels to the ducks and packed up our gear, we headed out.
The drive was as gorgeous as the last two days had been; mountainous scenery stretched out in front of us as far as the eye could see. We only had eighty miles left to drive of the parkway today so we were done relatively quickly, arriving in the park and poking around for just a bit. A park centered around mountains loses some of its appeal after two and a half days driving through the Blue Ridge.
Before long we turned around to head back across the state towards Charlotte where our good friend Greg lives. Greg is Joey’s former college roommate as well as fraternity brother in Phi Sigma Kappa. We had to backtrack a little bit to get over to Greg’s so we ended up on the Blue Ridge for a little bit again.
We got to Greg’s right around dinner time and he greeted us with four shots of whiskey, four Bloody Marys and a steak dinner. Leave it to a Phi Sig to make you feel welcome in a place!
Greg’s neighbor Joe came by for a bit and talked politics with us but Greg had other plans besides sitting in the living room all night so we willingly followed him to a bar he had picked out, called the Thomas Street Tavern.We stayed for a beer or two, but it is hot outside in the south – really, really hot. Greg asked if we wanted to go to the pool and we made tracks toward a refreshing swim, which kept us up until the early hours of the morning.Until next time America.