On through Bristol - last year we were here for the Bristol Nascar race - sure looks different without every available space gobbled up by cars/trucks/rv's by the thousands! Hwy 70 between Hot Springs and Newport was very nice. Gatlinburg was stinking hot and very busy - no surprise. Driving through the Great Smokey Mountain National Park (Hwy 441) was amazing - from 35 degrees in Gatlinburg to 22 at the top at just over 5,000 ft elevation. The shaded drive was such a relief - and the road was wonderful! Lots of bikes, some hot rods, some dune buggies.
The photo below shows one fine little spiral curve - which also includes a tunnel!
To finish the day, a healthy marguerita and Mexican in Maggie Valley.
Did make a pitstop at the ABC store in Maggie Valley before we checked in to our room - why is Canadian whiskey so cheap here, just infuriating. And there's a very nice sign at the entrance - 'No firearms allowed' with a nice handgun and a red slash through it. Also, a poster offering a substantial reward for information leading to the arrest of the villain who shot a juvenile bald eagle this spring in the Valley.