Odometer 30344- Gaffney, SC- trip 166 miles
30422- Asheville, NC trip 78 miles
I have gotten a little behind and need to catch-up my blog posts- so this is a two-fer. While we were in Kinards, SC which is just north and west of Columbia, we did some exploring on the backroads towards Clinton and Joanna. The area is beautiful and we had a great time checking out, not only the scenery, but some of the beautiful homes and this-
We also were so impressed by this stately home we had to stop and take a photo
From Kinards (Columbia, SC) we drove north and east on State Route 72 hoping to get to Gaffney, SC via US 176. We got de-railed right at the start when we passed a sign announcing a weight limited bridge on the road ahead, and our big-boy was too heavy for it. We back-tracked to Interstate 26 and traveled north and west before jumping off again on Walnut Grove SR-90 and heading northeast catching SR-150 Glenn Springs Road which would take us into Gaffney the back way. The road was very narrow with no shoulder, but the traffic was so light that it was not a bother. About the time we got hungry for lunch we arrived at the tiny town of Pacolet, and there was a large parking lot adjacent to an old mill were we could park and make lunch. As we were eating we pulled up the history of the town to learn that this was once a very prosperous textile manufacturing area. The mills started up in the late 1800s and this particular mill expanded to three locations to handle the demand. In June of 1903, disaster struck in the form of a raging flood killing 70 people and wiping out 600 homes-and all three textile mills. All that is left is the administration office and a warehouse.
We eventually made it the whole 70 miles from Kinards to the Spartanville KOA, in Gaffney, where we got a very nice space under the trees
Gaffney to Asheville, NC
On Saturday morning, April 20th, we finally finish talking with our fellow classmates, and readied the MH for travel. Our destination today is the city of Asheville, North Carolina 78 miles up Interstate 26. The trip takes us up the Saluda grade- a 6% grade that ascends to 2,130 feet to the top of the Eastern Continental Divide. Not high by comparison to many grades in the western US, but fun for us after all the time we have been on the coast. I get a chance to practice the techniques we learned in the Freighliner class for climbing and descending steep grades.
We chose a great spot right next to the river, flanked by mature trees. No rain in the forcast for the next week. A very nice paved walking/ bike path follows the river and passes right through the RV Park.
We get set-up and decide to drive downtown to see the city
I'll end this posting with a photo we took from Montford Street. This stone house looks cool and medieval, there was a wedding going on, so we couldn't get any closer.
Your Traveling Friends,
Jeff and Joan