1st Time for Everything

Trip Start Oct 11, 2010
Trip End Oct 13, 2010

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wednesday, October-13-10

Here we are at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, 4 days before the main event, as I look out the front window of the Coachmen Cross Country from our spot in the Tim Thorn camping area, I see not 50' from me a series of 6 bill boards and the $2000.00 per week camping for a maximum of 17 busses, right in the stands, peering in from under the billboards. We didn’t get in until after dark last night but the camp sits fairly empty at this point with only about 10% of the expected 594 campers and motor homes that will fill this one camp. We were shown to the site by a lovely lady in a golf cart who drove us around, and advised that next year the site we picked would be considered premium and be and extra $150. I can see this as of how close we are to the gates. We pulled the bus around to site 20, and immediately 2 fellows pulled up on a golf cart to help us disconnect and get setup on our site, how’s that for southern hospitality, Its all good. There are no amenities here other then we are no further than 100’ from our seats on row 15 numbers 5&6 in the Ford section to watch the Bank of America 500 on the 1 mile oval. It is an impressive site, in its mixture of poured cement and natural stone, I will tell more as we see it in the light of day.

Our trip down was fairly uneventful, leaving home on Monday and crossing over at the Bluewater Bridge which connects Sarnia Ontario with Port Huron Michigan, hardly paid any attention to by the Homeland Security which I did not even see open our passports, and did not question my waiver letter, or as usual even open it, excepting to ask if we had any wild boar in the freezer, go figure. We arrived at our friends in St. Albans WV around 8 pm, just in time to enjoy Monday night football, the Vikings at New York. Turns out that Ross and Kathy are big Viking fans and were especially pumped that Randy Moss has joined the team this week and would be a great receiver for Brett Farve. Turned out to be a losing battle, but a great game, with the biggest advantage of Moss was it freed up Minnesota’s other receiver who went on to catch 2 TD passes from Farve, and Moss caught one. Anyways we hoopped and hollered, ate chicken wings and meatballs drank some beers and had a great time with our old friends which we had met 2 years earlier at Apache Campground in Myrtle Beach.

We had a biskit & gravy for breaky the next morning and headed out at 11 am to a local free park on the river in St. Albans, dumping what little sewage we had and filling to the brim with fresh water to sustain us for the next 5 days hopefully. Now when you leave here you catch 77 south which ends up being a toll road for most of its path thru West Virginia. Having a sense of adventure, and not being in a big hurry I advised the GPS that I did not desire to pay tolls, and please take an alternate route. The alternate was a step through time into the coal country of WV, beautiful scenery, hillbilly homes and towns, 2000’ drops down the side of small winding roads that meandered along rivers and mountains in the heart of coal country as it only exists in West Virginia. Might of saved $30.00 in tolls, but probably made up for it in fuel, but had a drive of a life time, we should do it again on the bike.

Its all good!
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