Wednesday, November 14, 2018
I actually slept late lol! Normally I don't like being hot while I'm sleeping but the electric blanket has been my friend while it's been so cold here in South Carolina. Thankfully it wasn't raining and I was able to take the dogs for a walk.
After eating breakfast - scrambled eggs with the yummy croissant I had gotten at the French bakery downtown Rock Hill, Clinton and I got around early and left the campground for Charlotte, North Carolina. We thought we would go to the Charlotte Motor Speedway. I had read that they give tours every hour and it only cost $12.
We got there around 10:00, hoping to go on the 10:30 tour. Unfortunately they were only giving tours at 2:30. We wanted to go on the tour so we decided to get the tickets and do other things until then. This is when divine connection occurred! We walked into the gift shop and started talking the lady that worked in there. We didn't even ask her what there was to do - she offered some ideas that I had not seen in a quick search of things to do in Charlotte. She told us about two different racing teams' locations just right down the street - Hendrick Motorsports and Roush Fenway Racing.
We would never have known about these places if it weren't for the sweet little gift shop lady! We first visited Hendrick Motorsports. It's hidden behind all of their car dealerships. You drive behind them down this driveway that looks like you shouldn't be there! You go through these gates and it opens up to this massive complex. We were still thinking we shouldn't be there! But we saw a sign for a museum so we went in and we were blown away! It was SO COOL!! You don't have to even be a NASCAR fan to enjoy this place.
They had so many cars in there! Like Jeff Gordon's:
And the car from Days of Thunder!
And Tony Stewart's:
They had all the trophies ever won and all the uniforms worn by the drivers. It was so interesting! And it was completely free!
I loved this poster from Rick Hendrick:
After visiting the museum, we stopped by the car shops where you can actually watch what was going on in the car garages through TV's and windows.
After a quick and delicious lunch at Bojangles (our first visit at the chicken and biscuit chain), we found Roush Racing. It was similar to Hendrick but a little smaller. We still really enjoyed the visit! And it was free too!
After a quick stop at Super Cuts (Clinton needed a trim), we were finally on our tour of the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Ten of us got into a large van on a cool, drizzly afternoon. After going past their huge RV park (400+ sites), we were racing down their drag strip. I'm not kidding! We actually reach 90 MPH in that van! I was a little scared! OK maybe a lot scared! We drove around the dirt track and then headed back across the street for the main attraction. It was an amazing experience! We actually drove out on the track and stopped at the height of one of the bank - it's actually two stories! And you're sideways - in a van! Then we took off and actually raced around the track! It was crazy! Then our driver whipped it in to pit lane and into a spot on pit lane.
We got out of the van and got to stand in Winner's Circle. We got our picture taken and learned more about the different buildings in the infield. You can tell by the smile on Clinton's face that he loved the whole experience!
We also learned about how this race track is the only one with actually full-time living condos along one edge of it and how they are getting ready to build $2 million dollar townhouses on another side.
Here's a video highlighting our day:
We finally returned back to the RV. Our poor dogs were ready to see us! We did enjoy the drive to and from Charlotte. There were so many pretty housing developments. We ate leftovers - taco salad - for dinner and then settled in to watch the Country Music Awards.
Here's the breakdown of our costs for today:
We enjoyed our day so much! At first we didn't think we would get to do much because of the weather but it turns out, the weather didn't bother us a bit!
Thursday is a travel for us. We drive 2 1/2 hours to Greenville, South Carolina. We will probably wait to leave till the rain leaves the area.
Stay happy Campers!
Michele and Clinton