Trip Home, Day #2

 Posted by at 8:08 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 142019

Note: I have already shared some of our activities while we were in Ohio and the trip there from Florida in previous blog posts. Now I will do several posts telling you a bit about our trip home.

After our night in Charleston, West Virginia, the next morning we got on Interstate 64, a toll road that took us south and then east into the state of Virginia. The road is much better than it was on our last trip through the area. They have been doing and continue to do a lot of work on it. The scenery was beautiful but there was construction for much of the way, funneling traffic down to one lane, and the sharp curves and heavy traffic made for some white-knuckle driving.

You would think that West Virginia would be kind of a laid-back state, but you would be wrong. At least not when it comes to how people drive there. It seemed like everybody was tailgating the car in front of them at 75 mph, sometimes slowing down to as much as 65 in construction zones where the speed limit was 45 or 50.

We passed the sign for Greenbrier and Sam Black Church, which were both part of the story of the Greenbrier Ghost, included in my book Highway History And Back Road Mystery. You can read about it in this blog post.

Eventually we crossed into Virginia and got off the interstate, stopping to check out the charming small town of Clifton Forge. And oh, what a gem it was! There were friendly people everywhere, and even friendly guys like these to greet you. We spent a couple of hours wandering around town, stopping at some stores and galleries, and even finding a couple of treasures we had to take home with us. We really liked Clifton Forge, and I will do a separate blog post about it before too long so I can tell you more about the town.

From there we took US Highway 220 south, a winding road with more beautiful scenery, but a much more relaxing drive than what we had in West Virginia. Between rushing rivers and tall mountains, along with all of the historical signs I love to read, I was hard pressed to pay attention to the road.

Eventually we made our way to Roanoke, where we stopped at an antique shop and browsed for a while before going to, where else, Hampton Inn for the night. We checked in and took our luggage up to our room, then decided to go find something to eat.

I don’t know what happened, but when we left the restaurant our GPS decided that we weren’t done driving for the day and took us on a frustrating tour through the city a time or two. Eventually we found a Hampton Inn and went in, but it wasn’t the right Hampton Inn. Apparently there are more than one in Roanoke.

By then we were both tired and frazzled, and the desk clerk took pity on us and started calling the several Hampton Inns in town. Eventually finding out where we were supposed to be, she gave us directions back and we tried to ignore the GPS. If it was a portable one, I would have thrown it away by now, but it’s built into the Pacifica so I guess we’re stuck with it. We went to bed, pretty tuckered out from the day, even though we only covered about 225 miles.

I did not do any Free Drawing’s while we were on the road because it is too hard to monitor the entries when we are out and about. But I think it’s time for one, don’t you? This week’s prize is an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for a campground rating, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.Thought For The Day – Sometimes the best thing you can do is stop arguing with someone and simply let them be wrong.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  4 Responses to “Trip Home, Day #2”

  1. Nick, can the GPS be updated?

  2. It can be updated for $150. Just have not done it yet.

  3. In 1963 we were transferred from Ft. Sill, OK to Ft. Lee, VA. We had to drive 2 cars with 5 people. I was a 16 year old driver from OK helping drive through West Virginia mountains. There was no interstate at that time. Talk about white knuckle driving. There was no place to pull off to switch drivers. I have never forgotten that trip and thoroughly enjoy I64 when we drive through WVA now.

  4. The Architectural / Antique Salvage store, featured on the show called SALVAGE DAWGS, which airs on The DIY Network is in Roanoke.

    I truly regret that we missed seeing it when we were there.

    What a beautiful area of the country.

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