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Old 10-04-2011
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We have had our Bird(s) for over 3 years now, just doing overnight weekend trips mostly and are finally planning our first big trip, a week to NC. Unfortunately, timing is just not right to include RATS
Plan leaving here 10/22, stopping for lunch in Ocala, spending first night at Jekyll Island GA, visiting Savannah and Beaufort, then stop at Hunting Island SP in South Carolina. Monday it is off to the SC State Botanical Gardens at Clemon SC, beofre making our way to Asheville, NC where we are booked for 3 nights at Campfire Lodgings. Plan to spend 2 days seeing Biltmore and gardens before heading towards home. No current plans for return trip yet. Any suggestions for "don't miss" spots?
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We have had our Bird(s) for over 3 years now, just doing overnight weekend trips mostly and are finally planning our first big trip, a week to NC. Unfortunately, timing is just not right to include RATS
Plan leaving here 10/22, stopping for lunch in Ocala, spending first night at Jekyll Island GA, visiting Savannah and Beaufort, then stop at Hunting Island SP in South Carolina. Monday it is off to the SC State Botanical Gardens at Clemon SC, beofre making our way to Asheville, NC where we are booked for 3 nights at Campfire Lodgings. Plan to spend 2 days seeing Biltmore and gardens before heading towards home. No current plans for return trip yet. Any suggestions for "don't miss" spots?
Be aware that if you are in Clemson during a home football game it can be almost a complete traffic gridlock, so plan accordingly, Lake Hartwell has some of the best USACOE campgrounds that are not that far from Clemson. For your route between Clemson and Asheville, take SC11E to US25N that will get you up to I-26 for a very colorful trip that is made of rolling hills, that I have driven in my 'Bird and US25N is a little bit steeper, but you have to get up the mountain anyway in order to get to Asheville, and it is mostly 4 lane. While you are staying in Asheville take the toad and drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway and be sure to stop for a meal at the Moose Cafe next to the North Carolina Sate Farmers Market which is also a great place to visit.

I'm sure that David Brady has some things to see there too.
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Had a BFF get a way to Cherokee in August. There is a really pretty waterfall if you like to hike. It is 140/170 (?) steps up to the waterfall. There is a Harrahs casino if you like to try your luck. Cherokee is not far from Asheville. There is a lodge on top of a hill that is really pretty. It had a back deck where we had drinks one evening at sun set with Ashville below us. I'll try to look up the name of that lodge and post. My brother, sister-in-law and I were your next door neighbors at RATS 2 years ago.
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The name of that Lodge is Grove Park Inn, built in 1913 of granite from Sunset Mountain. Good place for evening drinks, and if the trees have turned, a beautiful view.
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I assume you have a toad with you...if so get on I40(head west) from where you are staying. Get off at exit 47 (Brevard rd also known as rt 191,) and head south. There is NICE farmers market there on the SW corner of I40 and Brevard road. Pick up the blue ridge parkway on Brevard rd about 4-5 miles further south.....you will go "over" I26........then the blue ridge parkway exit will not be far along. There is an arboretum on the corner of Brevard rd and blue ridge parkway if you are into that sort of thing. Head west on the Blue Ridge parkway toward Cherokee, stop at the Mount Pisgah inn /restaurant and have lunch or dinner. Ask for a window table....phenomenal views! If you are a "hiker"... drive a 1/2 mile to the Mt pisgah hiking trail parking lot from the inn parking lot...... get your comfortable hiking shoes or a GOOD pair of sneakers and hike up to the top of Mt. Pisgah...... 30 minutes to an hour depending on you skill / health... a bit rocky in some spots but not for long.......You will be rewarded with a view of the entire area.......best fall color views around outside of the place you are staying! Same parking lot is a short 1/4 mile flat hike to the Buck Springs lodge ruins....... it was where the Vanderbilts when hunting...... there is actually a trail that leads from there to the Biltmore estate but I would suggest you need to be a "seasoned" hiker to do that one......20 miles or so one way! Have a wonderful time whatever you decide to do!!!! Oh don't forget the Biltmore estate house and Winery tour and samples!!!!!!! Restaurant there as well
PS Moose cafe that John talks about is across the street from the farmers market!
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Can you take the bus on the parkway?
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Can you take the bus on the parkway?
You can at that exit I suggested above, it is one of the "few" that you can use.......to do it!!!! Rt 191 / Brevard Rd. is also accessible from either I26 or I40 and 191 is also fine for buses. Every year the park service runs a Prevost from top to bottom, but check the parkway website for road closures first. The "issue" with the bus on the parkway is not many entries / exits......the access roads are bad / twistie........ but the 1 above is OK if you want to run a few miles either way take a really cool pic of your bus on it and get back off there....... There is a campground across the street from MT Pisgah inn on the parkway that will support the buses but it is primitive BUT can you can use the "old geezers pass" (no offense Jim and John) there........ there is another exit west of the campground you can get on /off but I don't recall it, the campground would know...... the exits close to MT Pisgah CANNOT support the bus.......... warning signs everywhere very steep twistie access not even a " class b".......... make sure you have good brakes and a jake / retarder and you are good to go..... stay away from"peak" times......weekends.....during the week you'll have the whole road to yourself....... the tunnels from that exit to the Mt Pisgah campground will fit you but ONE will be close and you may have to straddle the middle............
PS when I was up there in the campground walking the mutts around I struck up a conversation with one of the rangers who actually lives on one of those twistie exits and he "schooled" me on how the buses get to and from / what exits were good to use! nice guy!!!!!! :-)

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Not taking a toad, our daily drivers are both full size pick-ups. I suggested bringing the motorcycle in a trailer, but could not get it past the Board of Directors. Anyway, the 33 is small enough that maneuverability is not such an issue, especially not towing anything.
We did the whole Shenandoah/Blue Ridge tour some years back. It was great, but I don't think I want to tackle it in the bus.
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Not taking a toad, our daily drivers are both full size pick-ups. I suggested bringing the motorcycle in a trailer, but could not get it past the Board of Directors. Anyway, the 33 is small enough that maneuverability is not such an issue, especially not towing anything.
We did the whole Shenandoah/Blue Ridge tour some years back. It was great, but I don't think I want to tackle it in the bus.
OK, then........ you may want to consider renting a car from enterprise leasing........"they will pick you up / drop you off at the campground"........ some RV friends of ours have done that when we stayed in the area! as for the 33 maneuverability issue......... in that area....it will restrict your fun..... factor.....yes you can get around.......... BUT.................... have fun!!!!
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