Saturday, April 14, 2007


Gatlinburg - Cross-Blogging!

We are home from the Gatlinburg trip, and despite some really seriously-deficient WiFi at our campground, we have posted pics at my picture blog.

Just go to Tampa Town Review and read down....the posts are, of course in reverse order, so if you want to follow our chronological order for our trip, go down to the start article and scan upwards...

Got lots of pics.....had a great time, albeit a C-O-L-D one.....Coldest we have ever had for the "Roadhoase"....down to 26, 28 and 20 for the last three nights in Gatlinburg. NOTE: The "Roadhouse" was warm and toasty, and our propane tank, which was down to 3/4ths when we arrived, survived all the cold nights and we still have 1/4 left....Nice! Means we can do a week of COLD with no problem.

We stayed at Twin Creek Resort, on Rt. 321 just three miles outside Gatlinburg (North). It is a very nice park, and the folks were both quick to help us, and quite friendly at all times....and that included the manager/owner Bill (not sure which), and ALL his helpers down to the fellow who collected garbage in a daily morning run.

I highly recommend the place, but if you are like me and want WiFi, ask for a site near the office.....I was out a good ways, and my signal was "LOW" low I could not post some emails, and it would not time any pictures. I actually drove my "Sideroad Suzie" toad up to the office and posted on laptop in battery mode...

The only other problem I found was this quite nice campground had no propane. I'd have refilled, just to be safe, if they had propane. Nearest propane....more than 8 miles! Not good.

They are checking the WiFi problem, and might be fixing it soon. They actually have two signals "Twincreek 1 & Twincreek 2".....#1 is 54 mps.....#2 is 11mps....both were low signal in my parking spot (#31).

The location was nice, and as the pics on the picture blog show, the flowers were beautiful when we arrived. After the freezing nights they all wilted and fell off. But I have the pics of them in their glory which is, of course, fleeting usually anyway.

Total cost, with our discounts (we are Good Sam, AARP, and several others which gets us a discount at most places) was $178 for 5 nights.....not bad for an area like Gatlinburg.

The trip was a good relief as we wait for Duchess' shoulder surgery which was, unfortunately delayed again as Medicare will not cover at the place we had intended....we had to reschedule for a nearby hospital outpatient area.

Go RVing folks......!!!! It is delicious!



Friday, April 06, 2007


Gatlinburg - via Jacksonville

Sorry for the delay folks.....The WiFi here at Gatlinburg has been weak to say the least. I had to wait til this morning when I had time and I drove down by the office of Twin Creeks Resort where the signal is excellent.

I'll see if I can catch up now!

The 1st pic, above is "Roadhouse" & "Sideroad Suzie", our iron horse sitting in Jacksonville at Flamingo Lake, RV Resort...a nice place whose only fault I can find is they still charge for archaic move in this day and age when most parks have it free. I refused to pay for WiFi & told them so. We'll see if it changes by next September when Duchess and I return to Jax for son, Little Duke's, wedding.

More in a bit folks!



Thursday, April 05, 2007


Off to Gatlinburg


I am trying to chronical this story of the trip....even though I am actually in Gatlinburg this morning (30-some degrees but RV furnace works beautifully!). However the wifi signal here is so weak it is not capable of taking my pics across. After coffee, etc. I'll try outside or by resort office to get better signal.

Then the pics folks.....Already have some interesting pics as we saw lots of dogwood and spring signs in NC, and a few in SC.

More later....