Up at 7:45. I understand why tractor trailer trucks like to move at night, less traffic of course, but when your campground is right ON the interstate the noise leaves one a little sleep deprived!! We left the Benton, IL KOA campground vowing to find somewhere else when we come through again. And it's too bad, because the staff was friendly, courteous and very helpful. But you know what they say "Location, location, location!"
We continued on I-57 to I-24 through Illinois, Kentucky, and into Tennessee passing over the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. Jeanne found Lock A COE campground. We arrived at 12:30 after driving 198 miles to get here. Unfortunately, the jeep battery was dead when we unhooked because we had left the Brake Buddy plugged in while traveling for a week without ever turning the engine over. Not smart!! The campground was about 25 miles off our route. It is located right on the Cumberland River. We were on site 33. This campground has 36 RV sites each with electric and water, about half on the water side and others across the street from the water. It is a beautiful, peaceful place and we were able to get several major Nashville TV stations on the bat wings and to Ed's surprise, we were able to get Saturday afternoon football on Direct TV. The cost is $23 for two nights with the Golden Age card. We had a fire both nights. We decided that it was a destination for future trips. There is a pavilion, playground, nice landscaping and the bathhouse was adequate, lots of hot water and good water pressure for showers. As usual the COE campgrounds have it all. There were bike/hike rail-to-trails nearby although we did not get there. The physical location on the receipt was Lock A, 1798 Cheatham Dam Road, Ashland City, TN. 37015-9805. Phone: 615-792-3715.
Our campsite was very close to the water.
Both days we were here, one barge went up the river in the morning and one down the river in the afternoon
Our front yard.
The sites are very roomy.
Most all the sites are concrete pads with plenty of room on either side. Some are sunny, but the ones closest to the water are shaded.
What a way to end our trip. Two peaceful days of "real camping" before we left for home on Sunday. We know when we get home, we will be busy with parents, grandkids and other household responsibilities. In addition, we must get the LD ready for our next trip in one week to Savannah that will include meeting longtime friends from Montana on the way back. Then, after winterizing her, our beloved Tara will go into storage until the first of the year.