Nashville to Crossville, TN
Crossville, TN - Events of Thursday, June 26 to Tuesday, July 1, 2014
We did a few pre-departure chores on Thursday morning, then went to Walmart and Sam's Club to pick up a couple of last minute grocery items before hitting the road on Friday. The Sam's Club was north of Mount Juliet near Hendersonville, TN. Center Point Barbecue is located not too far from Sam's Club, so we stopped there for lupper after our errands.
Center Point Barbecue was featured on the Food Network program "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" in 2013. They had an autographed poster from Guy Fieri hanging in the dining room.
Center Point has pork, chicken, turkey, brisket and ribs. We had chopped pork plates with two sides for around $8. Margery had creamy cole slaw and potato salad for her sides, and Paul had sweet and sour cole slaw and white beans for his sides.
The pork was tender and moist, and it had an intensely smoky flavor. They had 5 or 6 kinds of sauce from sweet and mild to sweet and spicy to an extra-hot one called Burning Bush. We liked Wolf Sauce, which is thick and rich without being too sweet. It also had a little bit of a kick.
The pork was served atop delicious flat cornbread, which was a more like a very thin slab of regular corn bread as opposed to the pancake-like flat cornbread at Tom's Blue Moon. The sides were all good, too, especially both types of cole slaw.
On Friday, we headed out on a two-hour drive to Crossville, TN and pulled into Spring Lake RV Resort around noon. Spring Lake has about 60 sites with full hookups and 30/50-amp electric. All but a couple of the sites are back-ins. There is free cable, free Wi-Fi and free firewood. Although they said they were having trouble with the Wi-Fi in one section of the campground, we had a good signal where we were located, and it was relatively fast most of the time. There was also a strong Verizon 4G signal at the campground.
Spring Lake RV is a very nice RV park. The sites are quite large for a private campground, and the grounds are very well maintained. It has gravel roads and pads, concrete patios and nice grass between the sites. The gravel on the roads and pads is nice and fresh with no dust. There is very little traffic noise and no trains. The cost for our site with the Good Sam discount including tax was a little over $31 a night. The photos below show our site at Spring lake and the sites adjacent to ours.
Spring Lake also has a fairly large lake. There is no swimming, but there is fishing (catch and release).
Our friends, Darrell and Judy who used to own a deeded RV lot in Rainbow Plantation in Summerdale, AL, sold the lot earlier this year and took off to Crossville where they bought a house. They still have their 5th wheel and still plan to travel part time, although they may downsize sometime in the future
Darrell and Judy told us to give them a shout any time we were passing through, so we let them know we were heading their way. They ended up inviting us for dinner on Friday evening. We had a delicious meal at their lovely, new home, and we a great time catching up.
We also made plans to meet them for lunch on Saturday at one of their favorite restaurants in town, Forte's. Unfortunately, there was a car cruise in Crossville on Saturday, and much of the downtown area where the restaurant is located was blocked off to traffic and parking. Therefore, we went with Plan B and went to another one of Darrell and Judy's favorite eateries, LaCosta Mexican restaurant. LaCosta is located in a little strip mall adjacent to the Walmart.
LaCosta has all the usual Mexican dishes to choose from - fajitas, enchiladas, chili rellenos, tacos, burritos, etc., and they have most of the items available on combo plates that also include rice and beans for $8 to $10.
We started off with the traditional corn chips, which were hot and crisp. They serve the chips with salsa and bean dip, both of which were delicious.
We both had combos with a chile relleno and a chimichanga. The chile relleno was stuffed with cheese, and we both chose chicken chimichangas (ground beef, shredded beef and chicken are available). Everything was yummy!
On Sunday morning, we went to church with Darrell and Judy at Cumberland Fellowship where they worship. Darrell and Judy had a birthday party to attend in the afternoon, and we just relaxed around the campground.
We had contemplated doing a little sightseeing while we were in Crossville because there are several things that sounded interesting in the area. Unfortunately, it rained every day we were there. Monday, which was our last day in Crossville, was no exception. Although the forecast said the rain would be over by late morning, it also said it would be cloudy much of the day. Therefore, we decided to just hang around the campground, and we invited Darrell and Judy out to our rig for lunch and a little more conversation.
We had a nice time in Crossville visiting with Darrell and Judy, and since we didn't get a chance to do any sightseeing, we have a perfect excuse to go back. The following morning, we hit the road for our next destination. Look for our next post to see where we headed.