Spring Camp, Southern Style (Part I)

L.P.V.’s first spring road trip included 3 segments. Segment 1 – Chicago to Hillsboro. For the first road contest of the season, our race plan called for an early attack, resulting in solid 4th (slimC) and 10th (JRho) place finishes. hBoro

Segment 2 – Hillsboro to Nashville, TN. Who knew it would be so hard to find a hotel in the country music capital? At least CREMA (A Coffee Brewtique) showed us the southern hospitality we were looking for. coffeeNashville

Segment 3 – Nashville, TN to Helen, GA. Camp begins. L.P.V. meets up with Rhythm Racing for a week in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Snow flurries and overcast skies seemed to follow us up and down the Gaps through days one and two.WolfPenbloodMountain

Sunshine and the promise of a rest day to follow helped get us through Day 3–a tough route passing over Unicoi Turnpike, Wolf Pen, Woody, Neels, and Hog Pen Gaps.

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This historic covered bridge made the perfect HC+J (ham, cheese, and jelly) sandwich stop. This combination, much like our rest day route via Unicoi State Park and some rustic Georgia back roads, was unexpectedly great!
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