May 14, 2011

RV Travel Day 15 & 16 (May 13-14, 2011)

Day 15
Up, down around and up and down and around agin describes the whole day on the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway
We began in Asheville, NC and no sooner were on the Parkway when we stopped at both parkway headquarters and a fabulous Appalachian arts and crafts shop and exhibit, and ended the day in Meadows of Dan, VA, a peculiar name for a town.

The weather was cloudy and cool in the 60s and 70s depending on altitude with sprinkles and some fog when in the clouds. Most of the time we were above 3,500 feet and our high point was 5, being on top of Vermont’s Mt. Mansfield. 
Traffic was practically non existent. We saw more bikes and motorcycles than cars. What a pleasant ride with maximum speed limit of 45 mph, but with all the ups, downs and arounds, we probably averaged 30 mph with the RV downshifted in 3rd and 4th speed nearly all the time.

The highway design and layout is superb and very well maintained with dozens of vista lookouts Couldn't see vistas because of the low overcast...most of the mountains were in the clouds), picnic areas and historic sites.

We spent the night in Meadows of Dan RV Park.

Smartphone maven and snoozing Scuffer

Day 16

We had a late start this morning with showers and sleeping in a bit. After a brief stint on the Parkway to visit Mabry Mill

we traveled I-81/64 to Waynesboro, VA in the beautiful Shennadoah Valley where we arrived eariier than usual at at the Waynesboro North 340 Campground. (What were they thinking when they chose that name, descriptive, but not very alluring?). We had an outstanding supper at Gavid’s Steak House, a family restaurant that serves a 10 oz. ribeye cooked to perfection any way you like it for 15 bucks including baked potato and a salad bar and a food/dessert bar with absolutely scrumtious fixins...all you can eat, except for the steak. Carol and I went way off our diets feasting on this fabulous food. The saving measure is that we did not stop for lunch. If ever in Waynesboro, don’t pass up this meal!

Depending on the weather, we may drive part of Virginia’s Skyline Drive tomorrow as we head for PA.
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