Trip Mileage: 4,012
Lightning storms outside are crazy here! Just about 15 minutes east of t0wn I ran into a huge thunderstorm that slowed Interstate 40 traffic down to about 45 mph. I’m tucked in for the night at a motel after another long day in the car. I got drenched while having my window down at the Taco Bell drive-thru next door after this fuel stop at Phillips 66.
This morning I enjoyed the sights near Shenandoah National Park as I headed westbound on I-66 from Vienna and then I-81 which took me southwest through Roanoke, Virginia.
Another one of those huge crosses! Third one I’ve seen this trip. This one is off I-81 in Bristol, VA – right near the VA/TN border.
Welcome to Tennessee!
Knoxville, Tennessee. For lunch, I went to the busiest Wendy’s in town! The parking lot was so full I had to park in the entrance to it. A tour bus parked behind me shortly afterward. There were brochures for “Dollywood” on the counter in there.
I’ve never seen instructions like this on a gas pump before (also in Knoxville). Can people really not figure this out on their own?
Wendy’s Frosty! My fave.
I rolled 485,000 on the 495 freeway approach I-65 South, en route to my friend Steve’s place in Franklin, Tennessee, just south of Nashville.
Here, I had the chance to drive my dream car. Steve has (in addition to a gorgeous Cayman White Pearl 1995 Legend LS Coupe) an immaculate Formula Red 1997 NSX-T with 48,000 miles on it. We took the car out for a spirited 20-mile or so run around the countryside.
I learned that in the 3 years Steve’s owned the car, I’m the only person to have driven it besides him! It was an honor. The feel of the 6-speed manual with custom short-throw shift kit was an incredible driving experience, and I thank him for it!
When I left Steve’s place in Franklin, the GPS routed me to I-40 via some very cool backroads (94 and 100).
Car did great today. Arkansas is next up tomorrow!