Fleeter Log #150a
2009 October 1-2
Day 1: Fredericksburg, VA to Wythville,VA
Day 2: Wytheville, VA to Clinton, TN
|Super 8 in Wytheville, VA
Day 1 - Thursday
October 1, 2009
Later afternoon start gets me to Wytheville for the night.
Tomorrow the fun starts when I get off the freeway and into the Appalachian backroads.
Day 2 - Friday
October 2, 2009
After checking in at the visitor center, I decide to head out in search of something to eat and hope the fog clears.
|Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
Downtown Cumberland isn't a very big place ... population: 204 people. But, it is big enough to have a great place to eat.
|Webb's Country Kitchen in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee
|Sue Webb, owner of Webb's Country Kitchen
Hoping the low fog would clear out by the afternoon, I headed up Pinnacle Rd into the unknown to see what I could find.
Pinnacle Road starts out easy enough as it heads up Pinnacle Mountain.
Twisting and turning up the Cumberland Mountains as I climb higher, I hope to be rewarded with a view of three states --Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky-- from Pinnacle Overlook at the top.
When I reach the parking lot at the top, the fog is so thick that I can't even see the top of the trees.
Knowing that my chances of a great distant view are shot, I walk the short hike to the overlook anyway. Rather than cry about the loss of a distant view, I turn my lens on the unique scenes the misty fog creates along the path. It's like I am walking into an intense dramatic scene of a movie. But there was no full orchestra setting the mood with a soundtrack. Instead it was eerie quiet. No birds chirping ... not even a a breeze to rustle the leaves.
The fog was even thicker at the top. I felt that if I stretched my arm out into the expanse, my hand would disappear into the ether.
No fog filter needed for effect today!
After wandering around in the fog, I eventually left Cumberland Gap and heading south where I found TN9(US25) in the Brush Mountain Gap area.