A blog dedicated to the pursuit of all roads in the United States except Interstates

Monday, November 23, 2009

Evergreen Motor Court, Bristol VA

I haven't posted in a couple of weeks. I bought a new computer, and setting it up has been very time-consuming. But look at this neon sign! And the name of the place: "motor court." Not "motel," nor any of the cute terms that are used by expensive chains. This motor court is on US Route 11, just north of Bristol VA. I stayed here in late October on my way to western North Carolina. My total bill was exactly $30.00, after using a coupon. And they had wireless Internet!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Winding Stairs, Nantahala Gorge, Western NC

Here are two scenes from the Winding Stairs in western North Carolina. To make things confusing, there are two places with Winding Stairs in their name. This is not near Winding Stair Gap on US 64 and the Appalachian Trail.

This Winding Stairs is a narrow gravel road that begins in the bottom of the Nantahala Gorge on US Routes 19 and 74. It climbs out of the gorge through some incredible scenery. The fall colors were beautiful when I drove up this road on October 31, 2009. The view above is looking back down into the Nantahala Gorge about halfway up the mountain.

The view below explains why this road is called Winding Stairs. The road that you see far down the mountain is the same one that I was standing on to take the picture. You don't want to drive fast on this road. As you can see, there are no guard rails, and it can be a very loooong way down.

The road goes around a man-made lake near the top of the mountain and joins a paved road that will take you back down to 19/74.

This is a spectacular but very obscure scenic drive in western North Carolina.