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A great first day of my trip! Wanted to go straight to Virginia on my first day, and made it.
A beautiful ride through the Appalachian mountains.
- 657 miles
- 10.5 hours
- Gas: $3.24
- Route 84 to Route 81
- Lots of fall colors while traveling
- 4 stops
- 2 Iced coffees
- Lots of snacks
... the fact that all of the headend weight rests on driven wheels makes for an enormously powerful, if slow-moving engine.
That makes it easy to chase... as long as there are roads and vistas. Those are in somewhat scant supply but not so scarce or hard to reach as to deny us a gratifying morning of picture taking. One of the vistas was at a swinging bridge that spanned the Greenbrier River. We took pictures of the bridge, and ljw went ...
... derelict but is probably NOT beyond hope, as the Cass has thriving restoration/rebuilding shops. -- The D&G also supposedly hope to add some 4-6-0 Baldwins for use on much of the (hypothetically) restored-loop, though the grade and the switchbacks on the Cass between Durbin and Cass would probably rule out use of any much-heavier locomotives there.
As you can undoubtedly tell, ww thoroughly enjoyed hearing about all this and learning more than he knew before about a ...
... it's the largest one on Earth. You can look it up on the internet. It's the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia. 485 feet tall and 110 meters in diameter. And the exhibits in their exhibit hall inside were also really interesting.
Back in Durbin, we noticed a door open at the firehouse, so Walt went in and struck up a conversation with the firefighter/EMT who was there. We chatted and ...
On the way, though, we decided to stop at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, which just happened to be right on our way. What an amazing place! i don't know if all of the tour guides are as good as the one we got or if we just lucked out. She not only knew her spiel and did it so well that it didn't sound canned, but she had answers to all of our questions. And Walt threw quite a few her way!
One point that particularly caught ...