Home Away From Home

Headed to Gettysburg, PA

What a day or two in one!  Our plan was to leave the horse show grounds by 8:00 this morning and we pulled out of the site at 7:58 – wish I could say it was good planning but we were just lucky! We had put up all of the outside things last night and as much inside as was possible. I even got my clothes out.

I woke up about 6:00 although I couldn’t get to sleep last night. In fact it was after 12 before I finally went to sleep. Don’t know why but I do know that we’ve haven’t gone on another RV trip when I have had such mixed emotions about going. With the world situation like it is and Mom’s declining health I just can’t get too excited about going. Surely do hope everything turns out ok!

When we saw Rick this morning he asked what route we were planning to take and we said just following the GPS which would put us on 95 around Washington, DC. We have heard so much about the stop and go traffic there even on a Sunday morning so we asked Rick what he suggested. He suggested going to Wytheville, VA and taking 81N out of there so that’s what the plan is. We’ve been to Wytheville before but beyond that … it will be mountains instead of traffic. I don’t know what the mileage difference is but will find out. Our route home takes us right straight down 95 so if this is better we will surely use it coming home.

Rest Area – Welcome Center Virginia – 10:33 – 64 degrees and breezy – fills like fall
10:48 back on the road

The way that Good Sam routed us had us going 338 miles from Raleigh. Of course that was on I95. We have been in Virginia a little over 10 minutes and according to my Garmin GPS we have 338 miles to go. Before we stopped at the Welcome Center I started looking at MapQuest, Garmin, etc. Finally with trepidation I told Jerry how far we had to go to get to Gettysburg. Since we didn’t have to put down a deposit I could cancel that reservation and we could stop sooner. The GPS has us arriving at 4:24 but that’s with no stops. Jerry said he feels good right now so we’d just play it by ear. It’s a bit overcast and a little breezy and even though it’s four lanes the traffic is pretty heavy – all this say, he may get tired more quickly. I had offered to drive – thank goodness I didn’t. We’re already in mountains and traffic! Wow!

12:34 We stopped for gas and lunch at a Pilot in Troutville, VA near Roanoke. Gas was $1.93 and must be the cheapest around because it is very crowded. Although we planned to eat lunch when we stopped for gas we cannot eat here. It’s a small station with no parking lot. There are many diesels in and out plus lots of cars. Busiest small station I’ve ever seen! There were books on the cement pillar next to the gas pump apparently for an exchange. Women Who Taste, Make and Enjoy Wine and Old Dog Pictures were just two of them! That’s a wide range!

Brief stop at rest stop in Mt. Sidney, Va. About 2:40 – still 164 miles to go.

Mount Jackson, VA –saw a water tower with apples painted all around the top
We have seen leaves intermittently falling but everything is still pretty green. It has been a lovely drive, cloudy and overcast at times and then partly cloudy. Never a bright sun shine in our faces.

Jerry is following his Clarion GPS and I am following the Garmin. When I mentioned to him that he had to take exit 315 in two miles he said nope, he had about 15 more miles to go before the exit. As we discussed which GPS to follow we passed by Exit 315 so we continued with the Clarion. We briefly passed through West Virginia and then into Maryland and then … into a state park (never did find out the name of the park). It was a two lane curvy road and a U-turn with speed limits from 15 to 35. Jerry did such a terrific job even though it was at the end of a very long day. What started out to be a 338 mile drive turned into 496. Except for the state park fiasco in Maryland (which we laughed all the way through) the roads were all four lanes and traffic wasn’t too bad although there were many big trucks on the highway. We passed two! The rest passed us.

We finally got to Artillery Range Campground just before 6:00, 10 hours on the road. We have no cable, no TV reception and very limited Internet but that’s ok. I think it’ll be a quiet restful night. We had dinner and then walked around the campground for just a bit. It’s a beautiful fall night and several people have their campfires going.

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