30. Apr, 2016

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WEDNESDAY 22-10-08 

Today was a wasted day. Late last night we concluded this week must be the American equivalent of Half Term which explains why everywhere is so busy and there are so many kids around. It’s just like peak season. We had great difficulty in getting booked in to a campground in the National Park, and eventually at 11:40, just 20 minutes before we were due to leave the campground at Pigeon Forge we were reluctantly forced to book another day here. Searching the internet there was no availability at the state park campground until tomorrow, Thursday and then it was limited. Eventually after a few phone calls we managed to book 4 nights at Smokemont Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park www.nps.gov/grsm unfortunately the campground is not near the Appalachian Trail but needs must. The weather is due to turn unpleasant by Friday and so we‘ll be pleased to settle in to the very basic campground before it closes in. We have enough LPG to keep us warm; we can generate our own electricity, though with restricted running hours, we have plenty of food onboard, and so look forward to the experience without concern. 

After finally managing to get a result with a campground we went for a long walk along the dreadful tourist trap which is Pigeon Forge, the only good thing was that we were able to treat ourselves to four Krispy Kreme Donuts, one each with a hot drink on our return and one each after our evening meal. 

Tomorrow we will try to get away at a reasonable time so that we can have a steady drive in to the park and the campground. We will be well loaded as we’ll be carrying full tanks of petrol and fresh water as we may not be able to fill our tank in the campground. Both tanks hold 50 gallons, so we’ll notice the difference when climbing. 

LOCATION TONIGHT: Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg KOA, 3122 Veterans Blvd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37868.