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31 – Check Off Another One

Yesterday we drove out of Virginia and into West Virginia.

We had no idea that West Virginia was so hilly. Our poor old Ford, F250, V10 pickup really struggled up some of those 9% and 10% grades. They are the steepest we’ve been on since we left home. There were many times when we had a hard time maintaining 35 MPH. Watching the trip computer register 1.4 MPG up some of those hills wasn’t as much of a thrill 😉

The country side is beautiful with miles and miles of deciduous trees.

We also drove through some beautiful rocks that had been cut away for the road.

It’s times like these that it would fun to be a geologist so you could figure out what happened at each layer.

We drove a lot of the way on Old WV-55 and saw many neat old towns with many cool stores. Unfortunately we were on a roll and it was very hot so we only looked as we drove on. This old country store was built in 1902 and is one of the longest continually running stores in the state.

After checking out their web site Harper’s Old Country Store in Seneca Rock, WV would have been a neat place to visit, http://harpersoldcountrystore.com/store.html.

We arrived at the Flatwoods KOA Campground in Sutton, WV at 4:00 and it was 99.5 degrees F and 50% humidity. We sat up camp, turned on the air conditioner and vegged out!

Unfortunately there were no concerts at the amphitheater last night as we would have been close enough to have a free ticket. You can see the seating behind our trailer.

Thanks for all the answers to our question yesterday. Our guess was some sort of bird feeder with the big round thing on the top third that might come off to put the bird feed in. Upon closer examination I belied the Purple Martin bird house is most likely correct. I’m guessing that the large white cap is for cleaning. For all of you that guessed correctly you win an all expense paid trip around the United States by reading this blog every day 🙂 I’ll try for something harder next time.

Today we are off again to check off yet another state, Kentucky. Neither of us have ever been there so will be fun to see. We’ll be staying two nights and with thunder storms and rain forecast at 60% and 90 degree F temperatures it should be interesting.

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3 Responses

  1. To bad your having to travel in the heat. I just found your travel log within the past few days. If you have not been into Minnesota yet, and your are traveling north in the state, we have a Corp. of Eng. campground 5 miles north of the Hwy 371 / Hwy. 10 jct. at Brainerd, Mn.. This campground is a mile from where I live. e-mail skip at aschlicht@scicable.com and we will make it a point to meet you. As with you folks we travel with a 33 ft. Titanium, pulled by a “02 Chev. duramax. Do visit Mn. and give us an e-mail when your in the area. Additionally, the north shore of Lake Superior is a wonderful area to visit, especially in the fall… Keep safe.. Allyn Schlicht

    • Sorry but we’ve already been through Minnesota and we’ll be heading back through Branson, MO, Nebraska and on east to home in Coupeville, WA., Maybe next time!

  2. Enjoy Kentucky!! I have a home in Somerset, KY..located on beautiful Lake Cumberland.

    Cumberland Falls is one of only 2 waterfalls in the world with a moonbow!!

    Mommoth Cave is worth a gander ( and a constant 55 degrees underground)!!

    Corvettes are built only in Bowling Green and they have a museum there that is really neat!!

    Don’t forget the Slugger bats in Louisville!!

    Enjoy my beautiful state and be safe as you travel through!!

    Cathy from KY in CA

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