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Old 7th November 2008, 09:33   #1
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Default The FALLen trees, The SMOKYing Mountains, The MAZDA

Thanks for stopping by my travelogue. As most of my travels, this one also happened to be in the "Lets Go" fashion, during the last weekend. Let me give you a brief description of the place we were headed to.

The Appalachian Mountains are quite close to the East Coast and one of the most famous National Parks in that region is The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Its around 150 miles from where I stay and easily makes for an approx 350miles day trip (depending on the route you are selecting).

This was my second visit to the Smoky Mountains in the last 6 months. During my first visit in June, I came to realize the beauty of these mountains, situated at an approximate height of around 4500ft. Its real fun to drive along the winding roads through the forests and the mountains. Last time, I rented a car (got a Kia Rondo - a big let down), so, to enjoy the winding roads, I decided to take my own car, realizing little what was to come. It would also be fun putting the Mazda 3 through its paces on the sweeping, winding roads.

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During my last visit, it happened to be the weekend when @1100D was also visiting the same area. However, we could not meet as the main town of Gatlinburg was too crowded with tourists and that resulted in major traffic jams on those narrow roads. Having already explored the area along the usual route, this time, I decided to take some of the odd routes along the mountains, which would allow me to bypass the town of Gatlinburg and also the usual touristy guys.

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Its this time of the year when the Smoky Mountains have the largest tourist gatherings, especially during the last couple of weeks of October till 1st week of November. This is the FALL time here, when the Maples, Redwoods, Oaks and Aspens change their leaf colours and together it makes up for a spectacular sight. This draws all the tourists that flock to the hills to see the spectacle. Soon the leaves would fall off and it would start snowing.

From one of the road-side view points
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Having all these plans in mind, we head off from Greenville by 8:30am and reach the base of the Smoky Mountains by 10:15am. On the way, as we started climbing the mountains, the vista started changing. The trees that lined the roads were brightly coloured and the mountain slopes seemed to be on fire,, bearing various shades of yellow, orange and red.

As I had mentioned earlier, in a bid to avoid the crowd and traffic jams, I had chosen a by-road while planning with Google maps, knowing little what was in store. So, before I indulge into the by-road experience, enjoy the pictures when the going was still very smooth.

This stretch was absolutely spectacular
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Old 7th November 2008, 09:59   #2
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Nice pitures Saurabh! Adding your car pictures, will add more vigor to this travelogue.

Cheers!!!
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Just one word...SPLENDID!

Wish the roads were like above here in India
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Great going so far.

Some suspense in store? Hope you have not run into some real mountain roads?
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Very nice. You chose the absolute right time to visit for such photographs. The pics reminded me of one of my most favourite sonnets by Shakespeare

That time of year thou may'st in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruin'd choirs, where late the sweet birds sang:

In me thou see'st the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west,
Which by-and-by black night doth take away,
Death's second self, that seals up all in rest:

Hope you aren't bored.
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Nice pics! What camera are you using BTW?
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very nice photos. where is the mazda?
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Loved the 7th pic. Would kill to drive on such beautiful roads.
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Beautiful scenery, trees and gorgeous blue sky. Lovely place.
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Thanks for stopping by my travelogue. As most of my travels, this one also happened to be in the "Lets Go" fashion, during the last weekend. Let me give you a brief description of the place we were headed to.
I agree - have been there not in fall but in spring of 2003. Amazing drive. Had a Nissan Maxima with sunroof that time. 4 pals , some nice desi music.
Got some pics - will post them soon.

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magnificient. But some car pictures in this scenary would be awesome too
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There is always something special about fall in the mountains for me. Lovely pics. They just remind me of how much I am in need of a vacation. Haven't had one in the last 3 years.
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God knows when we will have roads like these in India.
Mera Bharath Mahan!
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Did you go on the Blue Ridge Parkway?
NC state will at it's best during fall.
Also Mazda3 is a great car. Enjoy your ride.
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Picture perfect scenery. As people have suggested before me, take pics of your car on the next trip.
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