Day 49: Mon, Aug 27, 1962: Blue Ridge Parkway

Trip Start Jul 10, 1973
Trip End Aug 28, 1973

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Julian Price Memorial Park

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Monday, August 27, 1973

Mileage 41,300

On Monday morning at 8:30 AM, we said goodbye to Mawmaw Goddard and headed south. We bought gas in Fayetteville at an Esso station & took the route to Wytheville, Virginia.  It was a very pleasant 68 degrees this beautiful mountain morning. These were the days before the tunnels through the mountains, so the first leg of our drive to Wytheville involved lots of curvy, sick-at-your-stomach roads up and down the mountains.

We got gas in Wytheville and then traveled to the Chatham Country Store in Elkin, North Carolina. Momma made a HUGE purchase that day (the equivalent of almost three nights in a motel). She bought lots of beautiful wool fabric that we used to sew clothes for many years to come.

Soon were driving down the Blue Ridge Parkway for one last day of nature and one last night of camping. We entered the parkway near Dougton Park at 5:00 PM.  10 miles south and we reached one of Momma's favorite Blue Ridge Parkway sites: Brinegar Cabin. I'm certain the cabin was closed by the time we reached it, but Momma wouldn't have missed an opportunity to stop for a few minutes to see it.

Our destination for this the night was Julian Price campground, another one of Momma's favorite parkway places and a great campground to spend our last night out. It had been a week already since we performed our camping duties, but after nearly two months, Terri and I were old pros! We were all sad to be headed back home, especially Momma: there was so much uncertainty ahead.

I, however, was looking forward to getting back. School would be starting soon and I was anxious to see my friends. Terri would be starting first grade at Alexander III, the same school where I wouled be going to the 5th grade.

So we had our last night out in a beautiful campground as we celebrated 49 wonderful days traveling the United States!

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Martha Goddard Knapp on

What a marvelous account of a fascinating trip.

Connie Herringdine on

Both my parents' families are from Elkin, and we, too, bought wool fabric, blankets and other fine woven items there. I have pictures of Mom and Dad picnicking at Doughton Park in the 90s.

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