Road trip recap 

Author: taliaamour
September 30, 2018

road trip recap

I started my journey in Tampa and drove to Savannah to stay overnight. I woke up in the morning to drive up to North Carolina. I got an Airbnb in Saluda. I had no clue where that was or what it was going to be like. It turns out that it’s a very small mountain town full of artists and outdoorsy type. They had one Main Street with some shop and a cute little restaurant called The Purple Onion. There’s lots of history and the small town a lot of the stores have the history of the Town displayed all around. There is a really cool mineral and Gem stores that I visited and spent like 45 minutes in. They have the coolest Bakery Cafe called Wildflower Bakery they had the best scones I’ve ever eaten everything I tried awful menu and in the bakery was excellent. I didn’t get a phone signal but I was able to use public Wi-Fi when I was in town it was a great little Escape there is a place that did excursions Outdoors that I didn’t get to explore due to the short amount of time I spent there. It seems the town has a lot of history with the railroad being the most northern stop on the tracks. There was a lot of Art and handmade crafts soap and garden type items. I stayed in this Old House that was built around 1900 the host had a lot of artifacts that she had found on the property over time it was definitely historic in a cool place to stay

overall it was a really cute little town highly recommended for an escape from the technology-driven mainstream. 

Next I went to Asheville North Carolina. I swear the whole place smells like essential oils. It is definitely a hug for artists hippies and new agers craft beers all around even though I don’t drink. I loved all of the art and little hippie shops with gems and New Age items interesting clothes and unique food selections. I went to a place called French board chocolate and has some great desserts. I had a friend but I got to visit oh, a girl I met at a priestess gathering in Florida we were able to connect and have coffee she gave me some great recommendations for the city and even met me at a five rhythms free movement dance class at the French board Co-op. It was a great experience to have a Nashville especially since the theme of this trip for me is rebirthing. Doing the free movement dance class I was able to get some energy moving and get into my body and out of my head I felt like there was a lot of emotional release and spiritual connection during my stay.

From there I noticed I would be driving through the Smoky Mountains. Right before the Smoky Mountains is the Cherokee Indian Reservation I had to stop and take a look around I visited some of the shops and bought a couple of souvenir items. I would love to return and visit all of the Museum’s that they have.

From there you go directly into the Smoky Mountains. The mountains are magical on the way in I saw a huge elk in a river there were about a dozen people pulled off to the side of the road taking pictures. I drove around and decided to follow a road that led to Clingmans Dome. I’m so glad that Spirit Led me there it’s one of the highest points on the East Coast. It’s so high in elevation over 6,500 feet I hiked up to the Dome but unfortunately couldn’t see too much because we were literally in the clouds it was Misty all arounds and the temperature dropped as I got closer to the top. I met a hiker there who was camping and doing the Appalachian Trail we got to share stories and exchange numbers to stay connected he sent me some awesome pictures of his journey so far and it definitely gave me the hiking bug. I drove a little further and found another spot where I hike the trail it was kind of getting close to dark so I had to turn around after an hour and a half of going out on the way back in it was definitely dark and I had to use my phone as a light to finish the trail back. I absolutely want to go there again and spend some time exploring the mountain.

That night I made it to Knoxville Tennessee where I stayed and another Airbnb in the old town. It reminded me of Ybor City without Centro Ybor. Lots of old historic buildings and bars and restaurants and shops. Unfortunately it was raining a lot that day so I really couldn’t get out and explore the town like I wanted to. The next morning I got up and noticed I would be traveling through the Daniel Boone National Forest

I had the desire to get out in nature and Hike a little bit but it was raining so hard I decided to try to make a stop in the forest anyways. I followed my GPS looking for a trail and the Daniel Boone National Forest. It was kind of exciting except for the fact that it was still really raining I ended up on this Gravel Road that led to a bunch of trails in the forest I wasn’t sure exactly where I was going so I got out of the car and wandered around with an umbrella the rain has let up a little bit so it wasn’t that bad of a stop. I got to a place in the road that was impossible due to all the flooding and rain I think there may have been a parking space around there but I’m unsure because the rain made the road completely impossible I saw a couple of signs for hiking trails they were a little bit overgrown and seem to be less traveled I wasn’t able to go deeply into the forest because I still only had my running shoes with me and the water was making everything really muddy. It was a great stop to make and I’m glad I got to wander around a little bit the force was really thick. On the way out it was a little more challenging to find my way I didn’t have any signal on my phone for quite a while so I was simply trying to follow the access roads that showed up on the map. Eventually I got to a place where I started to get a little more reception but the GPS kept telling me that there were no available routes to anywhere I was trying to go. I continue to follow some of the country roads until I found a gas station then I confirmed a way back to the interstate where I was able to pick up reception and GPS signal.

I can send you it up 75 through the rest of the forest and stopped at a little town called Berea. In Kentucky. I found an artist display center where I was able to pick up some other maps and attractions the area had. There is a college there and a Historic Hotel and restaurant. I was pretty hungry at that point in getting tired so I decided to go to the restaurant it was called Boone’s Tavern. They are known for their spoonbread I wasn’t really sure what that was so I decided to try it it’s kind of like a cornbread souffle it was really good. I had a nice steak and ended up having a piece of walnut chocolate pie for dessert. It was fun to try some different food items that I hadn’t experienced before. I was looking for an inexpensive place to crash that night so I ended up at a small motel off the interstate it was such a small town it was actually really clean the bed wasn’t the greatest and there weren’t a lot of pillows but it was sufficient for sleeping for the night. The next morning I wanted to try to get outside and go hiking again since the rain had cleared. I went back into the town got some coffee and a sandwich and hit the road. I found a place called raven run nature preserve that had a lot of trails and a nature center. I decided to stop at the Walmart on the way out there so I could grab some different shoes I found some waterproof work boots and that may have been the best $40 I spent.

On the way out to the Nature Preserve I saw some of the biggest houses I’ve seen so far on this trip they were massive out in the middle of nowhere in Kentucky they had beautiful fences and tons of horses and cows. And it blows my mind as to how they build these massive houses out in the middle of the country like that it makes me wonder what these people do for a living to have such large Estates where is five or six cars in the driveway.

I finally got to Ravens run nature preserve and put those hiking shoes on I’m so glad I got them because the trails were definitely muddy from the rain. I probably hyped about 4 miles out there it was Forest Rivers some small waterfalls and there was an overview of a large river

I met a couple at the Overlook and we talked for a few minutes they were from South Carolina coming up for a football game

There were Buckeyes everywhere on the ground I saw a lot of meat birds even a red cardinal. I saw a deer when I was hiking the trail and got to a spot or two small rivers came together there was a sign that said it was a place for an Old Mill from the 1800s. It was amazing to think that people were out there during that time working and living out in the wilderness like that. I sat by those Rivers for a while and meditated and enjoy the sounds of the Rushing Water over the rocks. I continued along the trails and it got to a point where it was all Meadows the Sun was shining by then and it was starting to get warmer I was glad I had layers on when I started out I was kind of cold but by the time I was done I was in my tank top and a little sweaty. On the way out I stopped at the Nature Center they had a lot of interesting fossils and artifacts going back to the 1800s they had histories about the mill and the families that had lived on that land before it was acquired as a nature preserve.

I ate some of the food I had in my car and then decided to make the drive towards Cincinnati.

It was me coming into the city crossing the river out of Kentucky and into Ohio I could see all of downtown Cincinnati. I got to my Airbnb and was pretty tired.

The next day I woke up and decided to explore the city some I went to Eden Park and wandered around there for a while it was near the conservatory so I stopped in there and got to see all of the plants they had growing there. Outside they had butterfly gardens and a lot of flowers on display it was a really beautiful spot there is even a place in the park that had lots of ducks so I sat on the park bench for a while watching the Ducks. There was also a place that overlooks the river and you could see for miles along the river and across it. 

I decided I wanted to find some chocolate or dessert I started looking around on Google Maps and picked a place that brought me over to a market in a historic district. It was a farmers market full of fresh food and meats and artist. I found a place that had real Belgian waffles I got a couple of bags of them they were absolutely amazing. I finally found the chocolate store it was called Mavericks. They make the chocolate and small batches from the chocolate pods all the way to the finished products they had so many different types of chocolate and really interesting flavored truffles the smell in the store was absolutely Heavenly you could see the machine spinning the chocolate in the back and all of the chocolate making equipment and molds everywhere. I bought a couple of bars of chocolate and a small box of truffles to go. Aftermarket I found a little stand that had some really good cold brew coffee it was called Nitro coffee I guess it has more caffeine in it and it’s infused with nitrogen it was really good. I decided I should probably eat some real food before I started to indulge and Olive my treats so I went to the restaurant across the street called Harvest. It says that it’s a pizzeria but the reviews said that the hamburgers were really good too. I’m not a hamburger person but I figured what the hell I’m trying new and different things on this trip maybe I should try to eat a hamburger. I’m really glad that I did it was excellent and very filling! 

I will be heading to Cleveland next then to Pittsburgh so stay connected along the way and send me an email if you want to connect

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