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Jul 26, 2017 - Day 77 - Vesuvius to Charlottesville, VA

Today’s torturous trip from Vesuvius to Charlottesville, Virginia was a day of horribly humongous hills that lasted for 64 pitifully painful miles and included 6,261’ of leg-burning ascent. Today’s total ascent of 6,291’ comes in second place for amount of climb in one day. However, the 4-mile climb out of Vesuvius comes in first place for the longest, hardest, steepest climb of the entire journey. I knew that the first 4 miles of the day would be difficult. I could tell by the elevation profile on the Adventure Cycling map and from the...

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May 15, 2017 - Luray to Charlottesville, VA

May 15, 2017 Another beautiful morning and we are headed back to the Blue Ridge Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah NP. To make a long story short, we missed the Skyline entrance twice but have to say signage was not good! We stopped at the Byrd Visitor Center for the requisite passport stamp, pin and movie. Learned that the reason trees were so barren is that they do not bud until late May although the temperature is moderate. Capitalizing on the new popularity of motor cars, the CCC built the sky-line drive in the early 1930’s. Herbert...

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Nov 17, 2016 - East to West and Back East Again

Greetings! I have been lax with my updates recently so in order to catch up I am going to make my writing brief and let the photos tell the story….. After we left NYC, we relocated to an Elks Lodge in New Jersey not far from Philadelphia. We went into Philadelphia for a day and also meandered around the area. We saw the requisite sites in Philadelphia and then relocated to College Park, Maryland. I (Cheryl) left Dennis in the able hands of the Bims while I spent 8 days in California visiting my parents, Kelli, Dan and Kaia. Upon my return...

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Sep 3, 2016 - Street fair, Monticello, wineries.

$1.87/gal regular gas. That is cash price; $1.95 credit. We got lucky at Monticello with a shaded parking spot to leave the dog. Toured the house and some of grounds. Very busy, loads of people, tour groups of 14 every five minutes! Prior to that we spent an hour at street fair in Madison. I passed up the "Jesus loves you" brownies. There is a lot of religion and confederate flags here. And wineries. We ended up with 9 bottles for the day from three wineries. Tomorrow will be Shenondoa park and skyline drive.

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Jul 7, 2016 - Charlottesville, VA.

It appears we are in the hills of Virginia, and they do not have much in the way of WIFI here either. We will catch up somewhere. We have moved on to West Virginia and can now work on our blog. We came to Charlottesville for 2 reasons. One to drive the Shenandoah Valley, which is well worth it and to visit Monticello. Monticello being the home/plantation of Thomas Jefferson. Monticello was the primary plantation of Thomas Jefferson, our third president. He began designing and building Monticello after inheriting it from his father at the...

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Nov 24, 2015 - Nov. 24-25. Trip to Charlottesville, VA

Date: November 24-25 Total Miles for the two days: 560 Weather: sunny Temperature: start 29º High 59º Wildlife count: White-tailed Deer Year List: 319 Birds: Turkey Vulture We left early on 11/24 to drive up to Charlottesville, VA for John’s uncle Norm’s funeral, enjoying a beautiful 150 mile drive up through the Shenandoah Valley. The Valley is filled with farms, lovely farmsteads, some of the buildings look to be circa Civil War. The rolling hills are green and lush and are dotted with many cattle, mostly Angus. Arriving before noon, we...

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Jun 8, 2015 - Monticello

Yesterday we moved from Franklin, NC, to a little town called Crozet (pronounced "crow zay") in western Virginia along the Appalachian Mountains. Today I drove the short distance to Charlottesville, VA, to tour Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. And as usual no pictures were allowed inside on the main floor (pics were okay in the basement where the dependencies are). It took Jefferson about 10 years to complete Monticello. He inherited several thousand acres along with several hundred slaves from his father and chose a high hill to...

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Kizer Summer 2015

Oct 15, 2014 - Service Stop for Michelle, Charlottesville, VA

Left camp at 7:20 am to keep our 8 am appointment with Colonial Lincoln. The customer lounge was quite pleasant with access to free breakfast snacks and juice/soda. By lunch time, Michelle still wasn’t ready so we took the complimentary shuttle to Kyoto restaurant for dim sum and lo mein…both were good. They were finally done with Michelle by 2:15 pm. We had the following done: 10,000 mile servicing that included oil and filter change, jug exhaust emission control, 29 point courtesy inspection, and value extension option for rear...

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Oct 14, 2014 - Monticello (Jefferson's home), VA

It rained again last night and seems to have stopped now, 8 am. The chicken and mushroom sauce meal looks and smells good. We are off to Monticello for a 11 am tour. Hope the weather clears up for us so that we can enjoy the outdoor gardens. Left camp at 10 am and arrived at Monticello around 10:15 am. Picked up our tickets from will call and watched the 20 minute film of Jefferson and Monticello. We then headed to the shuttle bus to take us up the mountain to Monticello. As we were a little early, we took a stroll and snapped some pictures...

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Oct 13, 2014 - Charlottesville KOA, VA

I woke up several times during the night due to the rain. It rained all night and into the morning. Time to switch to plan B, Charlottesville, VA instead of staying on Skyline Drive. As we left camp, the fog came rolling in so that visibility was only a few hundred yards in front. We took a leisurely drive to our next destination and arrived at Charlottesville KOA at 12:30 pm. This KOA is very small, with only 8 water/electric only sites. After lunch, we set out to figure out what our next few days will look like. We decided to spend...

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Sep 15, 2014 - Charlottesville

Enjoyable day starting with a tour of Woodrow Wilson's home and library, on to Monticello. Thomas Jefferson's home built on a bluff with views of all four sides. Docent that led the tour inside the home was very informative, there were some of the original pieces he actually owned. He had an extensive wine cellar along with kegs of beer, he even had a dumb waiter to bring up wine for the family and his guests. Extensive wood working all throughout the home. The grounds and gardens were beautiful, there is a hint of fall up here, just a few...

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Jun 10, 2014 - Montpelier

After two days on the Skyline Drive, we spent out final day in Virginia visiting Montpelier......the home of James and Dolley Madison. This is a beautiful Georgian house, formerly a tobacco plantation, situated in rural Virginia. Historically, the house has importance not only because of it's farming history, but also because it is where James Madison wrote not only the US Bill of Rights, but also drafted the rudiments of the US Constitution. His "Virginia Plan" provided the basis of what was eventually approved in Philadelphia as our...

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