September 24-26, 2020
Finally! I've been struggling with pictures and albums. The
link above is to an online Flickr Album. It's in the order I want
and if you scroll down a bit you can see my file name/caption. <s>
On to Tellico Plains. First order of business was lunch at the Tellico Grains Bakey. My sandwich was good. The pizzas I saw going past me looked great.
Then the Charles Hall Museum.
Actually that's why I came to Tellico Plains. A fellow Radio
Amateur told me about the museum and his telephone equipment
collection. Charles and his wife, Billie, owned and operated the
Tellico Telephone Company from 1954 until 1985. Memories.
There was a light drizzel as I headed out the Cherohala Skyway
and turned down River Road in search of a campground for the
night. Suprisingly River Road runs along the Tellico River.
Curves, trees, river. Then the decision point - up the gravel
road to North River Campground or continue on the paved road to the
next campground. I choose the gravel road and North River
Campground. As I was touring the campground I encountered a woman
on the road. I asked if this was a good neighborhood and she said
yes, no party lights. So I pulled into a site, got an envelop and
put my $4 in the box. It rained hard all night. I had
supper, read, slept well. This was the first night with my new
refrigerator so I was happy to see that my 50 amphour lithium battery
was still 78% charged. So it looks like I have a big enough
The next morning my advisor and husband wandered by and we had an
enjoyable chat. They are real fans of Forest Service campgrounds.
The ride out was even more enjoyable than the ride in. I stopped
by the Ranger Station on the bay back to the Skyway. The Visitor
Center Lady had told me it was closed, but I was hoping for cell
service. Forest Service Campgrounds don't have cell
service. Neither did the Ranger Station. The Tellico Plains
Ranger Station is a restored Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) camp. It
was the first CCC camp in the southeastern United States, and one of
the first in the nation. CCC Company 1453 from Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
established the camp, constructing the Ranger Station and associated
buildings. The station is in use today by the Cherokee National Forest
but it has been lovingly restored to retain its 1930’s architectural
integrity. A portion of the station is dedicated to displaying CCC
Back to Skyway and on to the Indian Boundry Campground, General Store
and hopefully cell service. No luck, but the feller at the
General Store told me 1st overlook eastbound. Success. I
checked in with the boss.
As you can see it was pretty foggy. The Skyway is a fine paved
road and I'm sure spectular scenery on a good day, but I enjoyed River
Road a lot more.
Onward to Robbinsville, The Hub for BBQ lunch and Cheoah Point
Campground. Cheoah Point was quite different from North
River. Close to US 129, showers, water and flush toilets.
$10 with a Old Farts Card. Lots of young families in tents. Ate the
leftover half of my sandwich, watched a movie and slept well.
Battery at 71%.
I was expecting a fairly boring ride home. Mrs Garmin had a
different idea. Instead of going around the mountain we went over
the mountain. Single track gravel road. Quite an adventure.
Stopped at a BBQ joint on the way home and saw the Johnny Cash poster.