Well, we made it to North Carolina in one piece. The drive was beautiful, what parts we got to see. Unfortunately, our rental car had tire issues, which delayed the trip enough so that it was dark by the time we got into the Smoky Mountains. I was so disappointed!!! But it's okay, we'll be driving back on Monday and it will still be beautiful then.
I'm having a great time, and I will write more later, probably when I get back home on Tuesday night. I'll post pictures, too. TTFN!