Well today was a driving day just getting over to Great Smoky Mountains NP. It was about a six hour drive which was mostly uneventful. The only excitement came about half way when I noticed some dark clouds along with a few flashes of lightning up in front, but off to the north of my route. I was planning on stopping for gas and lunch anyway so wasn’t too worried. I was driving with the top down though, so I did want to get there and put the top up.
I can now honestly say that, at speed in the rain (at least a little), you will still stay dry with the top down. That’s right – I got rained on and stayed dry without a roof! It may have been just the leading edge of the rain and a few stray drops, but the outside of the car was completely wet and there were maybe two drops on my seat when I pulled under a gas station canopy a minute later in London, Kentucky. This was perfect timing however, as I stepped out of the car and started to pull the top up, the sky let loose and for about 30 seconds there was a torrential downpour.
From there I drove the rest of the way with the top up. I arrived at my campsite about 6 this evening and got my campsite setup. I’m staying at Cades Cove campground which is at the eastern end of the park. There’s an 11 mile scenic loop drive that I’m planning to take tomorrow along which there is a short hike to a supposedly nice waterfall.
Time to hit the tent…