2013 Fall Escapade travel blog

Today's route

VA 151 in the Rockfish Valley

BBQ joint along the Rockfish Highway

Carved chicken at the Junction Cafe

US 29 - 29th Infantry Division Highway

We visited the Tank Museum last spring

Wildflowers along I85 in NC

More wildflowers

Muffler man near Charlotte

Gas is getting cheaper, especially in SC

Spartanburg KOA ready for Halloween

Winnie in site 64

Our neighbor directly to the front - Instead of Kids II

Goats lounging on their drain pipe

Sue making friends with one of the goats

Mini-golf at KOA


What a beautiful fall morning in central Virginia. We decided to back road it this morning in order to get to US 29. Virginia 151 runs through the Rockfish Valley. There were a surprising number of wineries and breweries along the way. It’s a shame it was too early to stop and sample. I forgot this road is part of the Brewridge Trail as well as the Nelson 151 Trail. We did visit the Blue Mountain Brewery in 2010 and they also supplied the beer at the bluegrass festival last night. Others along the trail were Afton Mountain Vineyards, Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Flying Fox Vineyard, Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery, Pollak Vineyards, Veritas Vineyard & Winery, Wild Wolf Brewing Company and Wintergreen Winery.

I should have looked at the terrain map before heading south on 151 because after a relatively flat run through the valley we ran into the foothills of the Blue Ridge. It made for an interesting climb with a steep grade and lots of switchbacks. Winnie didn’t do too badly on the climb. The repairs on the spark plug wires before we left made all of the difference. I made a short video from the dash of our climb and I posted at Vince’s Photographic Phascination. The sun was little bright, but I think you’ll get a feel for the road. I’m just glad it was sunny and cool this morning as it would probably have been different in the rain.

The rest of the trip was pretty uneventful as US 29 is a lot like the interstate, but with a little more to see. When we got into North Carolina we got on I85 and pretty much stayed on it past Charlotte into South Carolina. North Carolina does a nice job with landscaping along the interstate with mass plantings of wildflowers, sunflowers, and what looked like small chrysanthemums. It was a long day driving and we got into the Spartanburg KOA at about 6PM. It’s a nice campground and it’s all decked out for Halloween. They even have a couple of goats on the property that we discovered on a short walk before it got dark. We should be in Pine Mountain, GA by dinner tomorrow.

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