|The Original Siamese Twins|
Fifteen minutes later I was at the Blue Ridge Parkway and had to stop immediately and take a photo. It is a very beautiful and peaceful two-lane road; words cannot describe the pleasure in driving this crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Built during the 1930s to give jobs to people during the Depression during Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency, it is a masterpiece – a ribbon of Americana at 2500 ft above the land. I was in the Virginia part of the road.
|MaBay Mill, VA|
|Tent Catepillar nest in tree|
I decided to get off the Parkway at Roanoke, VA. This was a mistake. I had avoided Roanoke before, and should have again. I never found the Visitor’s Center so drove through traffic back East to the Parkway and checked out a new “”Explore Park” at milepost 115. It was closed, but thought I’d return in the morning.
Unfortuntely when I got off the Parkway on the north side of Roanoke to find a motel, I ended up on a Highway that just kept going and going – and no motels. Twenty miles later I found myself in Bedford, VA. Took the first motel I found, Days Inn – for $40 – complete with microwave, refrigerator, free local calls, and continental breakfast. Ate spaghetti at the adjoining restaurant so I didn’t need to drive anymore, and then got on the internet for awhile before I tuned in “Boot Camp” for the next to last episode on TV.
At 1:28am a beep woke me up. I couldn’t figure out where it came from. I finally narrowed it down to my Cell Phone, so searched for it’s charger and got that going. Besides recharging my own battery, motel stops are now for recharging laptop, camera, cell phone, and soon, my GPS.