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08-14-2008, 10:31 AM
A few comments on our recent trip:

We drove from Buffalo to Charlotte in a couple of days along I-90 – I-79 – US-19 – I-77. The drive is beautiful especially in the mountains of PA, WV and VA – John’s neck of the woods in PA and near Ami in VA. It takes 12 hours almost on the dot – that includes stops. We ran into very little construction, but since we traveled on weekends, they weren’t really out working at all. We didn’t run into much traffic except for the I-81 – I-77 merge in Wytheville and the problem there was a bunch of idiot drivers. Just past that there was a really old driver who was driving 40mph on the Interstate – that’s downright dangerous. All-in-all there weren’t that many bad drivers out.

There’s a lot of good scenery all along the way, but I have to say my favorite spot is near Fancy Gap, VA when you come out of the mountains into the Piedmont in NC – spectacular scenery. Also, the foliage in the mountains is just gorgeous. We almost always stop at the New River overlook in WV – home of the longest arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere – here are some pictures of it. I just love this neck of the woods.




People in WV are great too – I’m not sure how WV residents got such a bad reputation, everyone there is very friendly. I could definitely live in WV. We did see a vanity license plate that I liked on an Escalade driven by a gorgeous woman – TROFYWIF - If the shoe fits

RVs & TT

Although it’s not scientific we didn’t see as many RVs and TT/5ers as we normally do in summer trips – normally you’re never out of sight of one for very long, but this trip we went for long stretches without seeing one. We didn’t see many at all on the way south and really started seeing quite a few on the way north when we got into PA & NY. We barely saw any pups at all. That’s in roughly 1400 miles round trip. I think we saw a disproportion number of diesel pushers – some really high end rigs – in Erie we saw a really neat CSPAN RV that had a big sign on it Campaign Coverage. Don’t have any idea why that was there.


In traveling through 5 states gas prices ranged from $3.51 to $4.06 – of course the $4.06 is at home. WNY is always higher than most other places. Didn’t pay much attention to diesel …. I’m happy to say that we got 29.5 mpg for the entire trip, highway and local. That’s not too bad for a 3.5 six.


We ate at a couple of interesting restaurants – but the one we’ll remember was a place called Boomerang in Clarksburg, WV. The place was hilarious – to us at any rate. It was an Australian theme, Mick Dundee was sitting at the bar, and everything on the menu had a for suffix – for an extra $4.95 you can add a baked potato, for an extra $2.00 you can get a large beer, for an extra $3.50 you can have water with your meal, for an extra ……… the waitress added that suffix for every menu item she pointed out - everything and I mean everything had that suffix! The waitress was cute but not an alcoholic drink expert – when she was explaining the beers I asked if Mountaineer (local brew) was a lager and she said yes it’s really dark – she then started to explain the wine to my wife who only likes really dry wines and tried to sell her on the White Zin (as she put it) because everyone says it’s real good. They didn’t even have Fosters on tap – and it was supposed to be an Aussie joint! It just struck us funny. We really enjoyed it and the food was really good! We got the seafood buffet – I started out with about a 16oz prime rib that was really good and my diet went down hill from there – clams, shrimp, oysters, mussels – really, really good.

State Park in NC

One day we took the boys to a state park near their home to go on a picnic and go swimming at the beach and I was really impressed. It was 98 out that day but really not bad in the water – It’s Lake Davidson State Park and it’s only about 20 years old. There are beautiful forests and a real nice camp ground there. The facilities are great and the picnic areas are nice. The beach was a blast – better than the pool.

Lake Davidson is a man made lake that Duke power uses for hydroelectric. We were talking to a guy who lives on the lake and the day we went the water level was down about 5 feet because they were expecting a big storm, that never came, and lowered the lake level.

The campground was wooded and it would be a problem for a big rig, but tents are fine – don’t think there are any hookups though.

Sometime I want to just take minimal stuff and maybe hit a bunch of state parks in VA, WV and the Carolinas – good luck convincing the wife.

08-14-2008, 10:40 AM
A few comments on our recent trip:

Nice pictures Al :thumbsup2 Sounds like you had a nice trip. I want to explore that area one day too. So much to see, so little time, sigh.

08-14-2008, 10:49 AM
Nice photos Al..:thumbsup2 .and sounds like you made pretty good time. Western NY to NC in 12 hours..wow. It takes us almost 4 hours from the Adirondacks back to Long Island. (okay.. if I'm driving 3 1/2...I'm a law breaker :cutie: )

08-14-2008, 12:27 PM
Blue ridge pics of today brought to you by Al! :goodvibes

08-14-2008, 12:33 PM
Now you know why I love my where i live. You should have stopped in Wytheville and I would have bought you dinner. You were practically in my backyard.

08-14-2008, 12:34 PM
Oh, and your right. Fancy Gap is beautiful. Very dangerous with fog sometimes though.

08-14-2008, 02:04 PM
Now you know why I love my where i live. You should have stopped in Wytheville and I would have bought you dinner. You were practically in my backyard.

Wytheville, we have been to the KOA 4 times passing thru. My DS got quite upset when a KOA employee told him it was $2.00 to use the slide at the pool. :mad:

Lovely pix Al.

08-14-2008, 03:00 PM
Give me a call next time you pass through. I've only camped there once (not my favorite place) we didn't have to pay $2.00. The sites are way to close. It's very convenient when travelling though. Right off the interstate.

08-14-2008, 03:18 PM
We stayed strictly for the convenience. Don't have any plans to come that way but if we do I'll give you and Ami a PM.