WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (I think) - The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to three consecutive standalone races, and yours truly is heading there, too. And I'm not going home in between.
In case you're counting at home (and I know you are), I'll be going from Charlotte, N.C. to Gladeville, Tenn., to Sparta, Ky., to Elkhart Lake, Wis., and back to Charlotte in the span of about 21 days. A friend thought it'd be interesting if I wrote about my travels, so I am. How interesting? Well, it won't be glamorous, that's for sure.
I'll be driving and living in a 2002 Winnebago Journey owned by Tad and Jodi Geschickter, otherwise known as co-owners of JTG Daugherty Racing. They are an absolutely wonderful couple, and Tad generously offered to let me use the coach while I try to get NNSracing.com off the ground.
Now, I would never complain at such an offer, but here's the thing: the coach was last used by Anheuser-Busch, so there are NASCAR Busch Series logos all over the outside. You can't miss me rolling down the road, and I've had more than a few people stop and take pictures. While it cracks me up, I'm an under-the-radar guy. Does anyone want to pay to have the coach re-wrapped?
Anyway, I piled a lot of clothes, some food and drink and my two cats, Liesel and Columbus, into the coach Monday afternoon. My lovely wife Laura is staying home (somebody has to get a paycheck), so cats and cars will be my only companions for 21 days.
I left a little late Monday night, hoping to get near Knoxville, Tenn., for an overnight stay. I didn't make it. After a dinner at Cracker Barrel (you'll learn I'm darn near addicted to CB) and some work, I drove some more before trying to find a truck stop the other side of Asheville.
I'm at a Pilot Travel Centers location (Michael Annett, you owe me), but to be honest, I'm not sure what town this is. No matter. I won't be here long.
Tuesday, I'll get to Knoxville, get the RV washed, eat lunch at a Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives location and then head to a campground. The coach needs water, gas and electricity. And the free wireless doesn't hurt either.
Miles driven: 171.1, according to the Garmin
Food: Cracker Barrel's Campfire Chicken. You gotta try it.
Detours: U.S. Highway 321 in Gastonia, N.C. was blocked just north of Interstate-85. So we exited off 321 and did a U-turn back on 321. U-turns in an RV aren't that easy, especially at night. But luckily, I didn't kill anyone.