Graceland Inn & Conference Center
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- Continental Breakfast
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
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Capital -Charleston, Berkeley
Cities- Lynchburg, Charleston
Year of statehood- 1863
Motto-Mountaineers are always free –montian simper er liberi
5 other facts-state tree is the sugar maple, state gem is
the fossil coral, has 1 national forest, 9 state forests, 37 state parks
... there was banjo music and ….well eventually we made it. (And I made up the bit about the banjo music!)
Well done to Stuart and Sylvia for surviving a epic ride (227 miles) through the best and worst that the eastern states of the USA could throw at us. So much for the easy first day they asked for! Oops. But hopefully the jet lag will have eased tomorrow, and on the bright side Stuart’s new boots are, in fact, waterproof.
227 miles today
... br> The Climax is one of three known to still exist in the whole world; another is under restoration at the Cass RR, about which Linda wrote yesterday. The Climax design sports a single piston on each side of the boiler, mounted diagonally, with the force transferred thru a series of gears to two trucks under the firebox-and-boiler and two more under the (integral) tender. The wheels are small -- maybe 18 - 20 inches in diameter -- which ...
... hold the camera steady while standing on a movable bridge so we took the train pics from solid ground. Then we rode the afternoon departure which included two restored Wabash cabooses now rented as overnite (or longer) lodging at the end of the (currently) usable track, about 10 miles from the terminal. It's a pretty ride, with plenty of curves to offer additional photo opportunities. The cabooses get set off on stub tracks beside the Greenbrier River... and then it's back to ...
... train, but we could still hear it, and thought it was coming our way. Then the sounds got fainter and then stopped. Then we heard a whistle and more train sounds, so we waited, but they stopped again. We decided to wait five more minutes, and our patience paid off. The train eventually came around the bend, and we got some more pictures.
Back to the station for lunch and shots of the next train leaving. Then we headed back toward our campground.
On the ...