Backroads are the Best Roads

Good Morning! Staying in the Cracker Barrel parking lot was wonderful. It was quiet but the best part was the fact that we splurged on breakfast. On the bright side, we had a gift card we have had forever, at least so long that we have no clue who gave it to us or when. I think I will start writing on the back of them the date we received and who gave it to us, so when we eventually do use it, we can think fondly of the person and their gift.

We rode the interstate from Bloomington, Illinois to Louisville, Kentucky.  Kentucky is a neat place to visit, and luckily for us, we have been to it before and had visited the Lousiville Slugger Museum, so we only passed through today.

But then, it was time to hit the backroads. Backroads are where we love to drive. We saw a lot of beautiful countrysides and of course, I took a lot of pictures. Here are just a few.

We thought we were almost home when we saw the sign for Danville, just kidding, there are a lot of towns named Danville in the USA. I sent this picture to a friend to make them think we were almost home, they knew we weren’t.


Going through small towns you always find interesting things to talk about. Here was a tractor on the road, which as you know we have seen a lot of, a large Liquor Barn and, in another town, these antique Volkswagen beetles that were restored beautifully.

We actually had a little harder time than expected to find somewhere to boondock tonight. We could have driven a little further into Tennessee but found out “boondocking” is not allowed in parking lots in Sevierville/Pigeon Forge area. So, we stopped early and stayed at the Cracker Barrel in Knoxville.

We had $8.00 left on our Cracker Barrel gift card and frugal me found a four-piece southern fried chicken dinner with two-sides and biscuits or corn muffins for dinner for $10.79.  Since it was mainly going to be Chip’s dinner, as I had some of my “healthy food” I was going to eat, I let him choose the sides. He ordered cream potatoes with gravy and fried apples.

I ordered it on-line, so it was ready when we arrived. It was nice to be able to go inside and pick it up, bring it back to the camper and enjoy a nice hot meal with no work and no cleanup. I failed to take a picture of it, I guess we were so hungry we just jumped in, but this is what we ordered, compliments of the  Barrel website. Mmmm doesn’t that just make you hungry thinking about it.


The Cracker Barrel card was now zeroed out so it went in the trash Maybe we will be lucky and get another one for our future Cracker Barrel stays.

Tomorrow we head into Sevierville to visit Chip’s Mother’s homeplace.

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