It was a pleasant 94 mile trip from Wilkesboro, NC to Ft. Chiswell, VA along mostly interstate highways with only one significant, gradual climb up to the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains before descending slowly onto the plateau near the VA, TN and NC borders.
We are staying at the Ft. Chiswell RV Park which is a large park just outside the town of the same name. When we arrived there were only five rigs (including our Mothership) in the park but by six it was almost full! We have a 50 amp full hookup site with pretty good free WiFi and very good cable as well. We have great Verizon coverage and finding the satellite was quick and easy. Our only complaint would be the narrow site we are in but we can live with it!
Shortly after arriving we headed for a local Italian eatery to celebrate our 44th wedding anniversary which is today, May 11. We had what must be the largest serving of Lasagna we have ever seen. It completely filled a 10 inch plate! After stretching our tummies beyond limits we had only eaten half of it. It will make a fine leftover however. We then took the short Big Walker Mountain Scenic Byway a few miles away (about 40 miles total) which was very nice. There were some great views from the top and we managed to see three more deer, a woodchuck and some kind of cat. It was a young one and it ran before we could get close enough to identify it though we think it may have been a bobcat.
Saturday, the weather was clear so we headed out early to try and cover over 120 miles of the BRP. It did take all day and we enjoyed good weather the whole day. There was still a lot of smog/mist so that visibility wasn't the greatest but it was still very worthwhile. We walked a couple of trails and also visited Mabry Mill
which is a great example of an earlier time. I was surprised to find all of the woodworking tools they had that worked off of the waterwheel. We also visited the Puckett Cabin where Orelina Puckett lived as a midwife in the mountains. She helped deliver over 1,000 babies until she died in 1939 at the age of 102. She also delivered her last baby that same year.
Sunday it rained....Monday it rained....Tuesday it rained and HAILED....Wednesday it rained. Boy it has been raining a lot!!! We have had more rain in the last 10 days than we had in eight months last year! Luckily we saw everything we had planned to see last Friday and Saturday when the weather was good. It did allow us to get a lot of odds and ends done around the Mothership and Libby so they are ship shape and ready for the next trip or two.
Tomorrow we head for Lexington, VA for a five night stay to see the rest of the BRP and the Natural Bridges area.