Our 10-day Virginia and North Carolina vacation began on Saturday, August 20th. We traveled by car. We departed home (Warren PA) en route Front Royal VA at 7:15 am.
Within 1 1/2 hours we saw five deer. One deer ran across Route 219 in front of the car ahead of us. A short distance later, just after we turned onto route 153, on a bridge crossing the Little Toby Creek, we saw four deer in the water. That would have been a good picture. Bob turned around and drove back over the bridge. As we were stopping, the deer got spooked and ran off.
At 9:00 am we stopped for breakfast at Dutch Pantry Restaurant in Clearfield. This is our go-to breakfast place, whenever traveling through this area. Bob ordered eggs and corned beef. I had a Western Omelet. As always, breakfast was good.
Our plan was to make it to Virginia, before getting fuel. In West Virginia we were running on empty. We had never left the gas tank get so low. We didn’t want to risk the fuel gauge being inaccurate or mess up the fuel injector if we did run out of gas. At 12:07 pm we purchased 2.132 gallon of gas at Sheetz in Berkeley Springs WV. Fourteen miles later, at the Liberty Fuel Station in Cross Junction VA, we filled up the gas tank. Why didn’t we fill up the tank at Sheetz? The price of gas at Sheetz was $3.96/gallon. The price of gas at Liberty was $3.69/gallon.
We arrived in Front Royal VA at approximately 2:00 pm. We drove past the B&B that we had reserved for the night. Check in wasn’t until 3:00 pm, so we decided to get a head start on seeing the sights of Skyline Drive. We planned to drive the entire length of Skyline Drive the next day.
We entered Skyline Drive from Sperryville, via the Thornton Gap Entrance Station. We drove north.
We stopped at the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center. I obtained a National Park Service passport cancellation stamp, a rubber ink stamp that records the name of the national park and date of your visit.
We left the visitor center at 3:30 pm and made one more stop on Skyline Drive.
We, then, drove to the Bed & Breakfast in Front Royal that we had reserved for the night. The Bed & Breakfast will be the subject of my next blog post.