The driving was soooo much nicer; less traffic, no construction, and just all around nicer views through Kentucky and Tennessee. You really do see and feel the smoky mountains for a bit of a stretch along the interstate during this point.
It rained a lot, but that would be the theme for the next few days. We made it to Knoxville and ate a cool place. It was a chain restaurant, but it had gourmet tomatoe soup and grilled cheese. So obviously it doesn't make too much of a difference, although it did have a different feel then the regular chain-type eating establishments that are prolific along the interstate. It was called Tom-Chee I think? It was good. I had the chilli - I hate tomatoe soup and I didn't feel like a grilled cheese.
We got to Marsha's and noticed her kids were across the street at a neighbour's house. So we went over because we saw a huge bouncy castle with a gaggle of kids going insane. Once there, Alden and Loch recognized Molly so I just tossed her into the castle like I was a long lost neighbour, rather then the tired traveler I was. The house owner thought nothing of it because our kids knew one another. After 30 seconds I introduced myself, Marsha was also now in the frame, and we had a beer in no-time flat.
Thursday night we just had a few more drinks and order some pizza. It was still raining. But we had made our destination.
On Friday we had strong intentions and plans to make a dent in Atlanta, but we didn't. It was raining and there would be no fun in 5 points, or Little Five Points, or Piedmont Park, or Virginia Highlands, and all those places.... So we went to riverside Park up in Roswell and walked around a bit and played on some equipment. Later on in the afternoon we cruised a WalMart which is embarrassing, but then we went to a trampoline facility which was fun. And on Friday night Marsha and I went to the Roswell vs. Walton high school football game in the rain.