|Tuesday was another rainy, drab day--a perfect day to plan a route south. Even though we still have about a week before hitching up and getting back on the road, Gene got started on his list of preparation chores. We also spent some time discussing which route is best for our return trip to Tennessee.
Our original thoughts were to spend a few days touring Washington D.C. In the end, however, we decided to save that for another trip and will head instead on down I-81. Provided we can get a reservation at a campground, we are now thinking of visiting Mt Airy, North Carolina--thought to be the rural small town model for the Andy Griffith Show. Campground reservations may be an issue because of two annual festivals--Mayberry Days and the Autumn Leaf Festival. Hopefully, we can sneak in in between these two big events. Either of these events would be fun to attend, but I’m afraid we wouldn’t be able to see the town for the 50,000 tourists.
After coming up with a rough plan, Gene spent most of yesterday on a detailed trip plan. That takes a lot of effort, but always pays off. It’s so nice to get in the truck with a list of campgrounds, rest areas, and big rig friendly diesel providers for the entire length of our route. We rarely do this, but two of the nights on our return trip will be spent at Wal-Mart parking lots. Gene called those two stores to be sure they allowed overnight parking. Now we’re all set for our departure on Monday.
There was a brief moment of panic last night at the end of our favorite TV shows. Both NCIS and NCIS Los Angeles are continuing episodes next week. For a minute we thought we were going to have to rearrange our entire schedule to avoid being at a Wal-Mart on Tuesday night. Luckily, we’ll be at a campground that night. We did have to select another campground, however, to be sure we would be able to get CBS.
Today, even though it’s pretty cloudy and threatening rain we’re going to go for a short hike. Two days in the house is about all we can stand. Gotta get out there.