Bob & Elsie's Adventures travel blog

View from Skyline Drive

Another view from Skyline Drive

Another view

Some of the deer we saw on Skyline Drive


Our drive from Carlisle on Sunday was just the way we like it, uneventful. Because we chose to travel on Sunday the traffic was fairly light. We passed through a few miles of Maryland and a few miles of West Virginia on our way south on Route 81. When we arrived at the Harrisonburg/Shenandoah KOA in Broadway, VA the host told us that the TV service wasn’t very reliable, we’d be lucky to get one channel and the wi-fi was even less reliable than that. Hmmm, it sounded like it was going to be a real long week. Luckily when we got to our site we found that our antenna picked up several channels and the wi-fi worked fine. The campground is conveniently located just 3.4 miles off of I-81 but way out in the middle of nowhere. The only noise we hear is an occasional cow mooing. The weather has been quite warm and it is easy to tell we are in the south again, everywhere we go we are greeted by “How ya’ll doin”.

On Tuesday we went to the Shenandoah National Park and drove about 34 miles of the 105 mile Skyline Drive at the top of the Shenandoah Mountains. Skyline Drive is a narrow mountain road with a speed limit of 35 mph. There are dozens of scenic overlook pull-offs so that you can see the beautiful views on both sides of the mountain range. Shenandoah National Park is one of the national parks that were established during the depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The young men who worked for the CCC constructing the parks were paid $30 a month, $25 of that was sent home to their families. The leaves have just started to change here in Virginia, in a few more weeks the scenery will be even prettier. We saw a few really skinny deer near the roadway.

On Wednesday we went on a mission to find something that Bob needed for the motor home and drove into downtown Broadway looking for Broadway Hardware. As luck would have it there was a Ben Franklin store right next door to the hardware store so it wasn’t a completely wasted trip for me either. Ben Franklin stores have all sorts of craft items and are always fun to poke around in.

Today we drove south to Verona and found a huge antique mall, The Factory Antique Mall. We spent a couple of hours there and even bought a few things. There are all kinds of harvest festivals going on this weekend so we will have our pick of things to do if we can make up our minds.



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