We've done the Cades Cove loop many times, but not this time. This time we tent camped in the Cades Cove Campground, and my wife and her mother spent the day doing whatever in the Smokies. My mother-in-law lives in Knoxville, and my wife was born and raised there. I think they made it up to Clingman's Dome.
Anyway, what I did, besides the show, was some spirited driving on the Foothills Parkway, then I went and slayed the Dragon! I wish I had a GoPro. I want to make plans with another owner to go there sometime in our Elans, both with GoPros, and drive the Dragon one way, then change positions and drive it back the other.
318 curves in 11 miles, and the scenery is amazing. This is the drive the Top Gear guys should have made instead of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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'91 Elan SE
'04 MB C230 Sport Coupe
'08 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
'12 Evora S GP Edition (In my dreams - HA!)