Days 2 and 3 of the 2018 Trans America Challenge were wet and wild. Day 2 was quite wet due to Tropical Storm Alberto, This early season storm carried a lot of rain as it moved north from the Gulf of Mexico. On Day 2, the rain and the fog/low-lying clouds reduced the opportunities to see the normally great views from the Blue Ridge Parkway. The rain did reduce the traffic along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
A Foggy Trip Along The Blue Ridge Parkway
We then enjoyed a great lunch in the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Asheville, NC. This hotel was very nice and it was nice to dry out a little during lunch.
Great Lunch In The Grand Bohemian Hotel In Asheville, NC
On Day 3, we started out in Highlands, NC and headed deep into the Smokey Mountains. We had a nice morning stop at the Wolf Creek General Store, who really rolled out the welcome mat for us. Due to the number of motorcycle riders who ride these crooked mountain roads, the Wolf Creek General Store has a special gasoline fill-up lane just for motorcycles!
The Wolf Creek General Store Folks Were Very Welcoming
In the morning we set up a couple of Regularity Sections that were located just off the scenic and twisty Cherohala Highway. The start area of one of these Regularity Sections is shown below. The forest was quite green and dense in this area.
Beginning Of Regularity Section Just Off The Cherohala Highway
Fortunately the rain let up a little as we set of the Regularity Section controls.
Marl Appleton & Gill Cotton Set Up A Regularity Control
We had plans for a special test using the high banks of the Crossville Speedway but the rain made the track unusable for our cars. We did set up a “rallycross” type test in the parking lot which was also challenging with the slippery surface conditions.
Due To The Muddy Conditions We Did Not Use The Crossville Speedway Track
There were some colorful signs around the race track which you don’t always see.
It’s Pretty Clear Where They Stand On Some Issues
The Special Test At Crossville Speedway
The afternoon of Day 3 ended with a challenging Regularity Section. The final control was located at the top of a steep hill just after an acute right hand turn. This proven to be quite a challenge for the teams in general, but several cars had very good scores on this Regularity Section.
The Acute Right Hand Turn At The Bottom Of The Hill
The timing control was set up behind a church at the top of the hill to try to keep the location of the control hidden.
The Timing Control Behind The Mount Zion Baptist Church
The leaders after Day 3 at James Gately/Tony Brooks in a 1937 Cadillac convertible. This is an experienced and capable rally team. I don’t think that they have had the top down much.
Gately/Brooks Lead The Trans America Challenge After Day 3
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