Thursday July 19th 2018
Tonight I’m in Concord North Carolina just north of Charlotte. I’m staying at the Camping World Racing Resort at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. I have a level site with full hookups for the next four nights in a gravel covered parking area with a few trees here and there. The campground really doesn’t deserve the title of “Resort”, but it is reasonably priced for what you get.
The temperature was cool this morning as I packed for the move. It was in the sixties. I’m don’t think I’ve experienced that temperature since May. The altitude west of Asheville helped. There was some fog this morning and I drove through a few showers on my way to Charlotte. It was only in the low eighties in the Charlotte area when I arrived. It got a little warmer when the sun broke through the clouds late in the day.
I had one minor detour on the trip. I missed the exit off of Interstate 26 to turn east. About five miles down the road, at the first exit in South Carolina, I had proof I’d missed my exit. I got off the highway and back on in the other direction. There was construction in the area of the exit I wanted. Maybe that was why I missed it.
Charlotte is more of a metropolitan area than I expected. The road signs indicated that I was still over twenty miles from the city when I entered heavily congested roads, with industry, retail and housing developments lining the sides of the highway. I took the Interstate 485 beltway a third of the way around the outskirts of the city area. Taking Interstate 85 through the city was an option, but I’ll take less traffic and better road surfaces any day. It was a few more miles, but I didn’t have any problem finding the speedway on the north side of the city in the community of Concord.
The campground is across the street from the Motor Speedway. It’s on the road to the Drag Strip beside the Dirt Track. This is a stock car racing mecca. Before I booked this location, I checked to make sure there weren’t any races scheduled this weekend. I imagine this area can turn into a real traffic nightmare during those events. The campground probably fills up and I wouldn’t be surprised if they charged more.