Here for the weekend at Harrah's Casino in Cherokee. And very happy to be here safe at the end of the day. More about that later.
I love casino camping! Let me count the ways
- Food and entertainmen (as in 24 hours a day)
- Nicely landscaped grounds
- Elegant restrooms
- Security patrols
- Other RVers
This morning, I resumed my trek over the final section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. This section is notable for containing the highest elevations on the Parkway.
|Can you see the road?|
And lots of these
The weather was quite cold at these high elevations. Ranging from the mid-30s to low-40s with some serious wind gusts. I pulled over to work and gaze at the views from my window at Chevy U.
|You can see 4 states from here - NC, SC, GA, TN.|
More photos from today's drive
|In the Alpine Zone, home to these lovely Balsam Firs|
|Looking Glass Rock|
|Rock outcroppings with icicles|
BTW, thanks to gal pal Jamie for identifying those beautiful red plants from my last post. Sumac!
For the past 5 days, I've repeatedly put the GDB through it's paces with climbs and steep downgrades. Today, it came back to bite me.
Houston, we've got a problem
The following quotes are from Apollo 13. I use them here because they actually went through my head!
About 30 miles from the BRP's southern terminus, I felt a wicked shimmy.
I pulled over at the next overlook. Everything seemed OK, no warning lights. What could be wrong?
Let's work the problem, people. Let's not make it worse by guessin'.
Miraculously, there was a Chevy dealer just 3 miles away in Waynesville. I exited the BRP, the front end quivering the whole way down.
Of course, it's late in the day on a Friday. Why must things always go wrong late on Friday? It's not just me - it's a common phenomenon. (I bet that's when the tanks exploded on 13's mission).
Mechanic Greg heard my symptoms and immediately diagnosed warped rotors. He says it happens all the time in the mountains. The brakes get hot and melt the rotors. And I thought I was being so careful to downshift on steep grades! Apparently not careful enough.
Greg leapfrogged me in front of some other customers, bless him. The alternative would have been to stay in Waynesville and return on Monday.
|Consulting ground control|
Good news! Only one front rotor was warped and they were able to machine it rather than having to replace it. I was back on the road in about 2 hours, $105 poorer but much wiser.
Moral of the story: Don't stir the oxygen tanks.
No wait ..... that's not it!
Moral of the story: Failure is not an option.
I think we've had our glitch for this mission.
|John Sr. 11/8/1924 - 12/7/2011|