CL, I can get to Pigon Forge in about an hour from home, but can be up to 3 hours to get to the center of town. Cars bring the crowds and seems as though there is a car show of some kind almost every week end starting in April and ending in Oct. Many people show up and park their lawn chair and cooler on the main drag and let the show come to them!!!! This week end, I went to middle Tenn to do a little bass fishing, 4 wheeling and watched the trailer queens on I40 West bound as I returned home. Sure 'nuff, lots of pro street on those trailers!!
Hope you did not over heat in the sunny South.