Day 9 - Sunny Day On the Blue Ridge Pkwy

Trip Start Jun 10, 2010
Trip End Jun 19, 2010

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Day 9 – Sunny Day on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Beckley, West Virginia….not much there. But, that doesn't really matter because we were just passing through and needed nourishment and rest which we found both in ample supply there.  The room at EconoLodge  was very clean although their Continental Breakfast stunk, but, all was well because IHOP was right across the street….hmmmm….no problem there.  We shared a Sampler in honor of Grandpa.   After eating our fill we once again hit the Super Slab – I77 toward Fancy Gap, Virginia where we got off the Parkway last year when Grandpa got sick.  We ran one 80 mile stretch of I-77 in West Virginia that had three toll plazas on it.  Of course, the fee was only $2.50 at each one…but still!   We went through a couple of really cool (really cool) tunnels and they always fascinate us.  Welcome to Virginia, one more state closer to home.  Virginia has some very pretty countryside  too but, nothing like the Amish country.  Hmmm…..I think we miss it already.  We exited the interstate at Fancy Gap, VA and got on the Blue Ridge Parkway .  Oh….what a relief it is to be off the slab and surrounded by such beauty.  We just kept riding, looking, talking, taking pictures and enjoying each other and most of all God’s creation all around us….WOW!  Before we knew it we were being welcomed to North Carolina.  We stopped along the parkway and had a little picnic lunch and had a few laughs  we always have so much fun.  We saddled back up and rode the curvies for a few more hours then decided to jump off the Parkway (no not literally) at Blowing Rock and hit Hwy 321 South to Lenoir, NC for the night.  We were able to get an extremely nice room there for less than half the cost of one in Boone or Blowing Rock and it was only seventeen miles from the Parkway and a beautiful ride too.  But, then it is Lenoir or at least that’s what the waitress at Fatz told us at dinner.  She must not be too happy there….oh well.   We actually didn’t fall into bed exhausted thanks to a pleasant ride on the Parkway.

As Red Skelton Always Said, "Good Night For Now and May God Bless".
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Charlie on

OOPS! You missed the Skyline Drive.

Terry on

Well...yes on this trip...but we rode the full length & camped on it last year during our 'September Vacation'.

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