10/03/2013: Day 1: On the road again
I spent the last week or so installing a surveillance system. Well, about half of it. But it is enough to send me an email if something moves in the house, to let me see a live view from my phone or laptop, and to record some of the goings-on in and around the house.
Meanwhile a small group of extremists have shut down the U.S. government, so National Parks and other federal facilities are closed until further notice.
Fortunately, our goals for the first few days are just to dance in Atlanta, and to get Karen to her gig in Hendersonville, NC on Saturday. We essentially go around the Smokies (closed), but we may come back to them later.
The initial plan is to drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is open, but all the parks along it are closed. As are all the sites in D.C. near its northern end. So our actual trip route may depend on when congressional babies cease their tantrum about a law they passed four years ago, a law based almost entirely on the input from members of their own party, and a law that even staunch opponents to it by name are in favor of almost every part of it, when asked about the provisions under other names.
SO we finally get on the road a bit after 2, popping directly into Illinois for 3 hours, driving down past houses farms and fields, cross a bit of Kentucky, and land in Clarksville, Tennessee at dusk.
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