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Travel Blogs from Raphine
... enough sunlight that there was no snow here. We got off the trail and scrambled around on the rocks for a few minutes before making our way back. Along the hike up, the elevation gain had kept us warm. But once out on the exposed rocks, it was quite chilly with the wind blowing. Once we got too cold, we started making our way back and finished up the drive ...
... Wilson and went on a guided tour of the house he was born in, but the museum was really pretty paltry and quite lacking in objects of his presidency.
These experiences all make me believe the federal government should just run everything – take over some of those pathetically run private sites of historical importance and make them into National Park Service units. I’ve had it with the notion of privately run places of national interest and value!
After spending the previous day on secondary roads I spent most of the day on freeways … and was terrified that I’d never get there. The freeways are very fast and BUSY with traffic. I stopped at a rest area and crossed the freeway by way of an overpass to have a look at a view from the other side and could hardly stay upright because of the wind, so, clearly the wind was contributing to my fear on the road.
Soon after that ...
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
We left Charlotte around 8am with our shortest drive yet, ~7 hours if straight through. The drive up I77 has been beautiful through the mountains but the kids had a rough morning, they were probably tired. We stopped for lunch in Roanoke Virginia and checked out the second biggest man made star and a great overlook of Roanoke valley! Afternoon has been better and less than 160 miles to Baltimore! So far 1610 miles + (we started the odometer in Brenham, TX) and 9 ...