May 4, 2014
Yikes! Over a week since I blogged. Most of that time was spent getting back to the east coast before the storms that caused havoc in the South. One night in a Cracker Barrel outside of Memphis and another in a very noisy Wal-Mart in Cookeville, Tennessee. Seems we caught them on prom night and the Wal-Mart parking lot was the town drag strip. Girls in prom dresses, boys in tuxes, engine revving and squealing tires.
The next night we stayed at an awesome campground in Asheville, North Carolina, arguably the nicest campground we’ve seen, lots of trees, plenty of space between sites and very clean. The only drawback was the lack of internet since it was tucked between the hills.
Then on to Cary, North Carolina for three windy and rainy days with Connie, our port in the storm. Trek was due for an oil change and we also had the fan fixed and a belt replaced, the only repairs needed throughout the trip.
May 30, 2014
Okay, so I dropped the ball. But I want to finish this post so that I can remember the last week of our adventure when I’m old and senile.
We left North Carolina and stopped at Appomattox Court House in Virginia, spending a pleasant afternoon at the restored town where Lee surrendered to Grant to end the Civil War. Stayed at a nearby state campground which we had almost to ourselves and the next day we wandered the back roads of Virginia to Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. The trees and flowers were in bloom throughout the rolling farmland. Beautiful! When we reached the heights of the park the trees were just starting to bud which was okay because the views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west and the Piedmont to the east were spectacular. About half way on the Skyline we stayed at the Meadows campground for the night.
Harper’s Ferry was next on the route north. The lower town is being restored to its Civil War setting while the upper town is still inhabited. The Shenandoah River and the Potomac converge here and there are steep cliffs on both sides of the lower village. Many of the buildings of the time have been lost to flooding but there are restored shops and inns now open as museums. Besides being the site of John Brown’s failed attempt to commandeer weapons for a slave uprising there are many other stories that took place here. We would have liked to stay longer but the rains came so we pushed on to Gettysburg.
We have traveled through the Gettysburg area a number of times in our route to and from North Carolina over the past five years but never had the time to visit. We went to the visitors center and got CDs for the auto trip around the town and the battlefield and spent the whole day wandering the area. Fifty-one thousand people either died, were injured, or went missing in the three days of the Battle of Gettysburg. There are monuments all along the roads to the many companies of soldiers who fought. Why do we glorify war? Depressing to say the least.
After two nights in Gettysburg, we were anxious to get home. Drove to Danville CT for the night and then to Brunswick, both Wal-Mart stops. We arrived home about noon on May 7th.
It’s good to be home!