They are close to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Dollywood, Cades Cove, TN and our friends at Windy Valley Llamas in Blue Ridge, GA. When we left Blue Ridge in September 2012, we were warned that the Blue Ridge Mountains will call us back. Sure enough they have called us back to the area. We will also be close to my friend Becky in Piney Flats, TN.
We were thinking about heading west to Albuquerque, NM. We would make our arrival there just in time for the Hot Air Balloon Festival. Specifically, we were considering American RV Park, on I-40 just west of Albuquerque. The following images from Google Maps makes it is easy to see the difference between the Desert Southwest and the Smoky Mountains. I-40 in Albuquerque will have significantly more traffic on it than TN 73 in Townsend. Plus we have more exploring to do in the Smokey Mountains.
We will finish up our work at Mark Twain Landing in Monroe City, MO around the middle of September. Our first stop will be the HWH Corporation in Moscow, IA where we will have the hydraulic levers on our motor home repaired. From there, we will spend a couple of nights in Springfield, Ill to see the Abraham Lincoln Museum, Indianapolis, IN for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Louisville, KY for a trip to the Kentucky Derby Museum, Knoxville, TN, Blue Ridge, GA, then back north to our winter home. Nothing is firm on the trip just yet so anything can change along the way.