Day 4 – Atlanta to Gatlinburg

Today was our first long drive of the holiday, four hours from Atlanta to Gatlinburg but after stopping for breakfast, petrol and site seeing it turned out to be six hours but we can now officially say we are back on the ……………….. holiday road!

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Of course, this is not Si but I thought he looked like him!

UnknownI forgot to mention in yesterday’s blog about the scare we had when we were driving from Coca-Cola World to Margaret Mitchell’s house. We turned on to a road and suddenly there was a sign that said we were driving the wrong way! Well, you can image, we ground to a halt immediately in complete panic just waiting for a vehicle to come along and smash into us and then suddenly another car went past us going in exactly the same direction. It seems the sign had been turned round and was facing the wrong way. Not funny!

At one point this morning we were driving in seven lanes of traffic so it was a relief when we saw a sign on the side of the road that indicated a Cracker Barrel establishment was just a mile away. We didn’t need to be told twice, we were off that highway and in there for breakfast. It was 9.30 and the place was heaving with people eating breakfast. It’s a country store and restaurant and you can buy a rocking chair if you wish or a jar of jam.

Cracker Barrel is one of those establishments that no matter where in America you stop to eat in one, you know exactly what it’s going to look like inside and the food will be great and good value. I had one of the healthy breakfasts while Si had one of the most unhealthiest! Are we surprised?

Sand and her healthy breakfast

Sand and her healthy breakfast








Si at Cracker Barrel with his unhealthy breakfast!

Si at Cracker Barrel with his unhealthy breakfast!








His breakfast included grits! My goodness what is it about grits? Answers on a postcard please! Postcard



We stopped at various points in the Great Smoky Mountains on the way to Gatlinburg to take photos but we will be going back over the next few days so there will be more to come.

Newfound Gap in the Great Smokey Mountains

Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains

Sand in the Great Smokey Mountains

Sand in the Great Smoky Mountains






Reservation Blog

The Reservation is at the southern end of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

State Border

The State line runs across the National Park and this sign is at Newfound Gap















We are staying at the historic Gatlinburg Inn. It was built in 1937 and has accommodated U.S. Presidents and Hollywood stars since it was first opened. We are going to try and find out who has actually stayed in our room over the years.

Tonight we went to the Texas Roadhouse for dinner. Our very dear friends Dot and John first introduced us to this great eatery a few years ago and as soon as we saw one here in Gatlinburg we just knew that was where we would be having dinner. The food as always, was wonderful.

Si at the Texas Roadhouse

Si at the Texas Roadhouse

Sand having dinner at the Texas Roadhouse

Sand having dinner at the Texas Roadhouse










Skinny Lime

Skinny Lime Margherita

I had a Skinny Lime Margherita to drink which was made up of Tequila Gold, triple sec, lime juice and a hint of orange, it was delicious but not the kind of drink to have on an empty stomach!! Good job Si was there to guide me back to the hotel!!!

Tomorrow, less food photos and more from the Great Smokey Mountains!