Our trip from Boone off the mountain and down to Wilkesboro, NC was an uneventful, short 45 miles that only took about an hour. Even though we waited until we had to be out of Grandfather Campground, we still arrived at Bandit's Roost a little early and had to wait a little while for our site to be cleared. Bandit's Roost is a Corp of Engineer campground and, like almost all of their campgrounds, the sites come with a lake view. We have 50 amps and water with a dump station on the way out. The satellite was quick and easy but Verizon is on the "iffy" side so cell and Internet service is slow and temperamental.
We didn't so a lot here as the weather just wouldn't cooperate. It rained all week until today. We got up early and headed back to finish of the NC section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. We did get it all covered except for about the last 20 miles in NC which they had closed for road work. That will leave us to cover about 217 miles of the BRP in Virginia before it ends at the Shenandoah National Park where it becomes the Skyline Drive.
We did get to hike one trail this morning about three miles of up and down hills but it was cool and the scenery remarkable. Some of the Rhododendrons are starting to bloom and they are beautiful. And that's just the icing on the cake in addition to seeing everything from the top of the world.
Near the end of the trip today we got to see the Brinegar's Cabin
Cabin which is still in fairly good shape and showed just how rough the life was here a century ago.
Tomorrow we head for Fort Chiswell, VA which is about eight miles east of Wytheville in the southwest corner of VA. We will spend the next week there. We hope to see the BRP from the VA line up to about Roanoke from there.