For those of you that enjoy camping, you know there is nothing as relaxing as the sound of rain pattering on the roof of your tent. When you are sleeping on the ground you have to worry about flooding and rivers in your tent. When you are 6 feet in the air there is nothing to worry about. Needless to say I slept great!
By morning the rain had stopped so we made a quick breakfast, packed up and headed started off again. The previous day we had made up a lot of miles through the gravel roads of Big South Fork. It was one of my favorite areas. I can’t wait to go explore it some more. By 10am I looked down at my Odometer and realized since leaving Tennessee I had already hit 750 miles and it was only Tuesday.
Day 4 was one of the best days of the trip. The terrain started with beautiful winding backroads through northern Tennessee, transitioned into some of the best views of the trip, and followed up with beautiful and challenging wooded trails. The rain the previous day helped to eliminate some of the dust I had been choking on for the last few days. Luckily the sky was clear and the weather was perfect.
The views from the old strip mine where some of our favorite from the trip. We probably spent more time then we should have up there, but it felt like you could see forever. After exploring the top of the mountain for a bit, we realized the only way back to the trail was a very steep and off camber hump. Tho the drivers were nervous, our rigs made it look easy with some spotting.
The trip down was beautiful and wooded. We had some nice large puddles to play in. All was well until we came across a VERY small “Bridge”. BSO brought out their Maxtrax and with lots of spotting both rigs and trailer made it across.
The next challenge was a washed away roadway. There was no way around it, so I got to practice my trail trailer backing skills. Also, there was a snake in the washed away section of road so that didn’t bolster anyone’s confidence. Luckily our detour was only 2 or so miles.
Within a few 100 feet of meeting back with the trail, we turned off a logging road heading down the mountain. It turned out to be very rocky, with many large logs that either had to be cut with a chainsaw, or dragged out of the way. We lost some time, but I think we all enjoyed the challenge.
Before pulling into our camp for the evening we made a quick detour into Harlem KY to visit The Pizza Portal. It’s a great little pizza placed that was featured on the TV show Justified.
Our camp for the night was Harlan County Campground and RV Park. It was great! We had access to very nice bathrooms, showers and even a laundry mat. We all enjoyed a great pizza, split the cost of a load of clothes, and enjoyed a quiet evening after a great day or exploring.