“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference” Robert Frost
The push to get east of the rain continues today. We started out in Roanoke, VA this morning and made our way east to Alexandria, VA. The “game day” decision to stay off of the Blue Ridge Parkway looks like a good one with all the fog hanging over the mountains this morning.
A fairly uneventful day…just enjoying the scenery along the blue highways of Virginia. The road we traveled for the first part of the day was highway 11 which parallels Interstate 81 for quite a ways. It was interesting to be that close to the interstate, but you would never know it. There were only a few places where you could even see the interstate. Highway 11 ran along Miller Creek, which was a nice peaceful bubbling brook. We went through some small towns..one that was still flag adorned from Memorial Day. Then we crossed over the Natural Bridge…can’t really see it from highway 11 and they wanted $20 per person to “see it”….we stopped in the gift shop and bought a postcard, lol!
We stopped at a small local place in Waynseboro, VA for lunch…DAP’s. We met Phil (the P in DAP’s). He made an excellent brat for lunch and told us they were the only place you can get “hand dipped” ice cream in the county!
As we were cruising along the blue highways, we passed a school yard near ivy oaks. The grade school kids were standing at the bottom of a hill and dressed in swimsuits…there was a fire truck at the top of the hill and the firefighters were spraying water out over the kids…looked like they were having a blast! The simple things in life are the best!
We made a quick stop at Coleman Powersports, a local Spyder dealer to talk to them about installing new tires while we are here. The Spyder tires are rated at 8,000 miles…these have 10,000+ on them. Confirmed they have the tires and got them paid for so they will be ready and waiting for us when we show up on Saturday…that’s the day they have reserved for changing out tires.
We made it to Alexandria, VA without encountering any rain…yeah!!! After settling into the hotel we decided to have dinner at one of our favorite Chinese restaurants in the area, House of Dynasty. We used to eat there once a week when we were coming to the DC area to train the Army Lean Six Sigma classes. It was as good as we remembered. The food is excellent, but what really makes this restaurant memorable is the service. The staff makes you feel special without pampering you to the point of annoyance. Many of the same people were working there from when we were coming here over 7 years ago. We were amused by the fortunes in our fortune cookies….see below
Mileage Today: 246 miles Total miles for the trip: 5,629 miles