|Sunday, July 29, 2018: We left Columbia, SC at 7:00 AM.
|This day would be mostly travel through pretty hills and mountains.
|Welcome to North Carolina!
|We stopped at the North Carolina Welcome Center and admired some of the local art on display. This beautiful quilt represented all the different regions of North Carolina.
|This tempting display of rocks ensured that we'd be coming back someday to visit the Schiele Museum of Natural History.
|We both are suckers for beautiful woodwork, and it pained us to leave without putting this gorgeous table in our van.
|This adorable table featured lightning bolts for legs and cloud shapes for the stool and table tops.
|This table fits together like a puzzle and can come apart. Cool!
|Debbie loves huge magnolia blooms but our camera's light sensor didn't cooperate.
|We passed several groupings of brown number signs near guard rails. It's a mystery as to why they are here.
|More pretty North Carolina scenery, ...
|... and a tunnel.
|Tennessee Welcomes You
|Pretty Tennessee scenery.
|What? More Ruby Falls signs? We had seen these over a week ago.
|We stopped for some gas and some McDonald's at the exit to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, and we were glad that we weren't driving through that traffic like we did the last time we were in this area.
|Our wonderful Dodge Grand Caravan turned 33,333 miles. We've owned it less than two years, but it has taken us on road trips to Wyoming, Arizona, Washington DC, and now this trip, plus lots of shorter trips.
|Here's more pretty Tennessee scenery.
|Welcome to Kentucky!
|Pretty Kentucky scenery.
|Uh-oh! A three-car accident ahead of us shut down the freeway for 45 minutes.
|Cars were stopped as far back as the eye could see.
|A large group of teenagers ahead of us made the most of the situation by getting out footballs and Frisbees in the construction zone next to us.
|After traffic began to move again, we expected to see signs of an accident, but there were none. Baffling.
|More pretty Kentucky scenery.
|After being stuck in traffic for so long, we needed a bathroom break and the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea was our only option for miles.
|In the parking lot were two hand sculptures that were reminiscent of the Berea hand statues we had seen in 2003.
|Instead of going directly to the restrooms, we went into the Artisan Center. This mosaic of the state of Kentucky was especially beautiful.
|We ended up unable to resist making a purchase. These beautiful wooden rolling pins caught our eye, and we bought the third one from the top in this display.
|We passed lots of Kentucky horse farms.
|Oooh, this is a cute trailer! It's a NuCamp T@b 400 and when we went to research it, we found a video about it that was most likely made by the person driving this truck.
|We had planned our return route to take us through Cincinnati so we could visit one of the last remaining Don Pablo's restaurants. Before we left, we checked to see if it was still in business and it was. When we checked again on this day, we found that it had closed just two days earlier. So, El Toro Bravo was the lucky restaurant that got our business instead.
|Debbie had seafood enchiladas and Tom had shrimp fajitas.
|This watertower reads, "Florence Y'all."
|We crossed the Ohio River ...
|... into Indiana, ...
|... but then our route took us back into Ohio again, ...
... and then finally Indiana one last time. It's good to be home.
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