Monday was a cool but nice day so we took the bikes into Knoxville to see the sites. We like to visit colleges and universities in our travels (see early posts) and since Knoxville is home to the University of Tennessee, we decided to tour the campus a bit. As it turns out, the main part of the campus is known as “the Hill” for good reason. It is not very bike friendly, with many areas accessible mainly by going up steps. Also, this is the first time we visited a campus while classes were in session so the campus was filled with students, making touring a bit more challenging.
Knoxville held a World’s Fair in 1982 in an area between the downtown and the university. The area is easy to find as it is the site of the Sunsphere, today the symbol of the city of Knoxville.
We enjoyed our week in the Knoxville area but Wednesday was moving day. We headed north up I-81 toward Charlottesville, VA where daughter Jessica will be visiting college roommate, Kellie, this weekend. Since we have time on our side, we split the trip into two pieces and spent Wednesday night in the Salem, VA Wal-Mart. This is the same place we stayed overnight on our way south a few weeks ago, so we knew it was a good, safe place to stay with a Starbucks within walking distance (an important criteria).
We then drove the remaining distance this morning (Thursday) and have taken up residence at Small Country Campground in Louisa, VA, near Charlottesville. We’ll stay here about a week while visiting Jessica and Kellie and riding the motorcycle on Skyline Drive.
Thanks for checking us out . . .