Well, we are a little late with birthday wishes but…..HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our nephew, Brent Johnston. It was his birthday on Thursday, April 24th. Sorry we are late but the Virginia state park we were at did not have internet!! One of the curses of travelling the way we do!! Anyway, we hope you had a great day!!
We hope you had a GREAT day!!
We travelled about 190 miles on Wednesday, the 23rd. The highways, as I said before, are really nice with lots of rolling hills and many, many trees. We really enjoyed the drive. It was on a divided highway but not the busy north/south interstate. We basically went north out of Charlotte on Hwy 85 and then onto Hwy 29 and in the "back door" to Smith Mountain Lake State Park. Here are a few pics along the way:
Many of the NASCAR race teams are based in Charlotte NC so it was not a surprise
to see one of them go blasting by us on the interstate - Dale Earnhardt Jr, on their
way to the Richmond VA race - imagine!!
Hard to catch these state line signs sometimes but Virginia here we are!!
And here is their flag!!
We just meandered through amazing countryside. Of course, we always try and get off the highways as soon as possible. This is really pretty here.
We turned off near Gretna and then the road got very twisty and narrow, past all kinds of houses. I think the GPS brought us in the back door way but we didn't mind. You just have
to be a bit cautious watching for oncoming traffic (which there was little) as the road was very narrow. Still so peaceful, not to be missed that's for sure.
...the proverbial "fork in the road"
These are for my brother, Mark. Lots of logging in the area but the
trees are pretty skinny!!
Check out the age of the truck on the left!
It was 18 miles of this road and then we turned back onto rolling,
country roads again.....
Darn that dashboard reflection!
Doug found us a great park called Smith Mountain Lake State Park. We are, once again, in a bit of an “off-season” on these travels which usually works to our benefit as there is always lots of room in the parks. No more worrying about booking ahead like when we were in Florida. And as stated “ad-nausea” , we do like state parks better. This one costs about $34 including tax. Water and electric at our site and very nicely kept bathrooms right across the road. All of these campgrounds also have camp hosts that live on site to help out or answer questions.
...not too busy here!!
All the sites are gravel with wood trim so there is
no mistaking where you park!
On Thursday, the 24th we went out for a bike ride. It is quite a hilly area so it made for a good work out. We rode about 7 kms (4 miles) Not much but a nice outing. We headed for the “closed” beach area. Super nice but they do not officially open it until the May long weekend (Memorial Day).
The site of a church that was formed in April of 1790 - WOW!! Originally called
the Moody Meeting House. Canada wasn't even born as Canada yet!!
We left this beautiful park on Friday the April 25th in the morning and travelled about 130 miles northeast to Richmond VA. We took Hwy 626, right on Hwy 43, left on Hwy 29N, righto n Hwy 24E, to Hwy 460. From there it was Hwy 360 to left on Hwy 288, right on Hwy 76 (....tired and confused yet??), Then it was onto Hwy 195 and lastly I-64W to our hotel. Pheew!!
Now, you find us at the Extended Stay Hotel in Richmond VA. We are just heading off to our first ever NASCAR race and we are both pretty excited to see it live and not on TV. Doug is, maybe, just slightly more enthusiastic than I, but not by much!!
I will try and do a post from that first exciting day tonight!!
Thought for the Day: If it's worth it, it will never feel like a compromise.