October 22 – Heiskell, Tennessee


Able to take the Parkway (like the interstate but very few exits and no development along the route) across the state. Very nice ride and beautiful scenery. The leaves are starting to change, see some yellows and little reds. Road was in great condition and we crossed some mountains at an elevation of 2290.

Arrived at Raccoon Valley RV Park about 3:30 PM, outside of Knoxville, TN.  Pretty late for us (also had a time zone change, so we lost an hour). This is an Escapee’s (club I belong to that gives me a mailing address) RV park that gives a reduced rate to members. Older park with gravel roads and sites and no wifi (have to purchase separate). Good for two nights.

I follow Diners, Dives and Drive-ins (TV show with Guy Fieri) and always look for one of them while traveling. We found Pizza Palace in Knoxville. Guy was here almost 10 years ago and it was in a tough neighborhood, but what shocked me was it was a drive in. Yes, you parked your car and ordered pizza through the speaker box next to your car. They delivered your pizza to the car (including beer) and you ate in your car. Different but an experience – isn’t that what this is all about?

Sunday we woke up to 38 degrees – hopefully winter isn’t rolling in!

Couldn’t find a church nearby and since Brenda isn’t feeling well, we thought we could stay home and let her recover. Prayers go out to Brenda so she can feel better and see the new grandson.

I left after lunch to Oak Ridge to visit the Manhattan Project National Historic site. Unbelievable! Oak Ridge was built under a cloak of great secrecy during World War II. Three plants and a town were built and no one knew why. Scientists were brought in for the production of high grade uranium 235 for use in the atomic bomb, which was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.

Eventually this brought the end to WWII. Oak Ridge was at a peak population of 75,000 (WWII) and now has about 28,000. All this created by the Army Corp of Engineers without the Vice President even knowing – amazing! And the people within this town could not share where they were and what they were doing – even among themselves.

This is a national historic site so I watched the movie (actually 3) and got my stamp. The movie “10 seconds that made the world stand still” was very informative and good – learning my history – now 60 years after grade school. The trip was worth it.

The building is also the local science museum and it was most impressive.

Can’t understand why everyone has a big orange T on their car, RV and houses?

Monday we are off to Greenville, South Carolina to wait for the new grandson and have no campground at the moment.

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