Getting on the road this morning at 8:00am was uneventful as we departed Clarksville. Approaching the JFK Bridge on the other hand was a different matter. It would appear that everyone that’s using the bridge is trying to get into the right hand lane for Interstate 64. It was a bit of a struggle at first but it opened up and we managed to get on the eastbound side of things and started making progress out on 64. The weather today wasn’t all that great as it was very lightly raining up until noon. Needing a bit of a break, we pulled into the Tennessee welcome center rest stop and had lunch.
Departing the rest area a half hour later we were ready to press on. We wanted to break up our trip into 2 legs so we opted to stay overnight at Baileyton Campground one more time. I bet that Colleen asked for the round trip discount but I don’t think that worked. We’re all plugged into the campground, Roxy has been walked and we’re trying to relax a bit.
When Colleen went into the office to register she was told by the campground owner that Interstate 26 was closed due to icy conditions in North Carolina on the other side of Sam’s Gap. At 3,760 feet in elevation it’s the highest point on the Interstate between here and home. At the present time we are hearing about a Winter Storm Watch for the counties across the North Carolina Mountains. The NOAA Weather Radio is stating that 2 to 4 inches is possible at higher elevations. Snowfall up to one inch is possible in the central TN and south western VA area is likely. Temperatures here are expected to be in the upper twenties so if there is any perception it’ll be snow. The elevation here in Baileyton, TN in Green County is 1,270 feet. The weather radio continues and reports that heavy snow on Saturday is possible. I’m hoping that we can get on the road tomorrow and make some progress toward getting home.
Our campground host told Colleen that we might have to go about 100 miles out of our way and continue north on I81 and then pickup up I77 in Fort Chiswell and then head down to Charlotte. Colleen is saying that if we have to that we are going to be staying here for an additional day so we’ll see how the weather is in the morning. I couldn’t agree more because I know that a motorhome does not make very much progress in the snow.
I found a resource on the Internet for road conditions and it appears that all I need to do is dial 511. We were concerned about the weather coming in toward Louisville so we departed the RVIA a day early. It would appear that we jumped out of the frying pan into the ice and snow !!
That said I have a lot of information to publish and I’m going to be putting that up in installations. If we’re stuck here for the next couple of days I should be able to have enough time to get all my RVIA articles done.