Chattanooga Choo-Choo

It will be a month, to the day, when we leave on Tuesday. I finished all of my business here for now, and we have almost completed out route up The Natchez Trace. I’ll admit, I wasn’t excited at first, but as I began researching the towns along the way, my excitement grew.

Throw in a tour of the Tiffin factory, some repair work that we can’t tackle ourselves getting done , some good Southern food, local craft-cocktails… and I’m now I’m all aboad!

Hindsight always being 20/20, we have some new planning guidelines in place:


  • We plan to only drive about 4 hours a day, unless absolutely necessary to go further.
  • We now triple-check most RV parks on Good Sam, Trip Advisor, and Google Earth. After enduring a wretched drive down a long rutted dirt road in New Mexico (see above), and almost booking an RV park in Mississippi with a misleading website… everything gets thoroughly vetted.
  • We let go, and stay open to serendipity if things aren’t lining up. The right thing will show up, I’m certain.

For example, as much as I wanted to go to Knoxville, TN, nothing was lining up. Yesterday we met our new neighbor, Paul, who is from Chattanooga, TN. When I asked about his hometown he just “lit up,” and told us of all the great things to do.

Our plans now look like this – Austin, TX to Lufkin, TX, to Natchez, MS. Natchez to Jackson, MS. From Jackson, to Red Bay, AL, home of Tiffin Motorhomes, where we’ll be staying in the nearby town of Florence because our last neighbor was from there – and told us all of the wonderful things there are to do!

From Red Bay we head to Nashville, TN and a visit with a dear friend. And, from Nashville we set off for Chattanooga. I expect I’ll be singing the 1941 Andrews’ Sisters classic all the way there!

XO Donna

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