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Virginia and North Carolina Vacation: Day 10 – Wytheville VA to Warren PA

We got up about 5:15 am on the morning of Monday, August 29.

We ate a complimentary breakfast in the hotel.  Breakfast was set up the same as it was in February, when we stayed at this hotel en route Surfside Beach SC.  An attendant got the food that we desired.  The man serving breakfast was friendly.  Perhaps he will remember us, when we stay again in February on our way to Surfside Beach.

We departed the hotel at 7:26 am.  There was a little fog, as we began our drive home. 

We made a brief stop in Fayetteville WV at the Canyon Rim Visitor Center, where I obtained a National Park Service passport stamp cancellation for the New River Gorge National Park. 

We viewed the New River Gorge
from the Visitor Center’s back deck.

A short boardwalk descends into the gorge for a view of the New River Gorge Bridge.

We walked, via a boardwalk,
to the first overlook of the bridge.
We chose not to walk down the 178 steps
to the second overlook.

It was a good travel day, until …

We left I-79 at Exit 99 onto Rt. 422 East to get out of the storm.  We exited onto Rt. 528 North to Route 8.  The storm is chasing us, but we would rather encounter it on slower-speed roads than on the interstate.  We caught up to the storm again, as we turned onto Route 8 from Route 528.  

There was a several minute delay from road construction, during the storm.   I don’t see how they can be working in this downpour.

We stopped at Eat n Park in Franklin for an early lunch / late dinner and to wait out the storm.  We hoped the time spent eating would allow the storm to pass through and out of the Warren area.

We returned home at 5:00 pm.  The storm and the short construction delay were our only hindrances to today’s drive. It was an easy drive home from Franklin, as we allowed the storm to get ahead us.  We did see evidence of the storm, along the way…small tree limbs, leaves, and pine cones scattered all over the road.  That debris is what we saw on our street, in our yard, and on our driveway. It appears tree branches snapped off a tree in a neighbor’s back yard, across the street from us, and scattered debris all over the neighborhood.

Bob was able to unpack the car, without rain falling down.  

Wickett was happy to see us.  She meowed and meowed her pleasure, rubbed up against us, and asked that we pet her over and over again. 

4 Responses to “Virginia and North Carolina Vacation: Day 10 – Wytheville VA to Warren PA”

  1. Betsy

    Glad you made it home. Those storms can be wicked…

    We love the New River Bridge and area in WV…. Back before and later during the building of that big bridge we were there… We drove the old road straight down the mountain and across the river on the old one-lane bridge and then back up…. I’ll have to search for our pictures sometime. Then when they were building the bridge –the people around there were just SO excited….

    Hugs,
    Betsy

    Reply
    • Linda G.

      We have driven down the mountain and crossed over an old bridge, with the new bridge to our right and way, way up above our heads.

      Reply
      • Betsy

        Glad you did it…. It’s one of those experiences you have to BE THERE to appreciate it.

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