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Oct 16, 2017 - Sparta and mountain music center

We took another of the suggested drives from the campground and took mountain roads to Sparta,NC a small town with CJ Hardware that is legendary and has just about everything one would want. Not sure what we were looking for but they did not have it however. We then drove more mountain hills and vales, got back onto the Blue Ridge parkway and stopped at the Music Center. This is run by the park service. We had visited before years ago but enjoyed the exhibits, listened to an authentic group playing mountain songs. There are different...

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Oct 15, 2017 - Mabry mill and Nancy's candies

The campground brochure had a listing of day trips and today we drove to Mabry Mill which is accessible from the Blue Ridge parkway and is the most photographed place on it. There is a restaurant with a gift shop that was very busy, quite popular with motorcycles and all other tourists, especially on a beautiful fall day. We walked the property that includes the mill from 1903. It's been restored and does operate to mill flours. I bought some Buckwheat flour and Grits. The mill was originally used in a sawmill operation and there are racks...

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Oct 14, 2017 - Autumn Leaves festival in Mt Airy

The Autumn Leaves festival was being held in Mt. Airy and we took a winding road to get to it from the campground. Was good to see how that drive will be for the Eagle on the way out. Weather was warm, the streets were packed with visitors and multiple vendors of hand crafts. There were multiple music stages and we watched several. A couple had Washtub Base players and their music was just great. We also checked out a high end dog hotel and multiple gift shops. Ray almost got a haircut at Floyds Barber Shop, but they had taken their last...

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Oct 13, 2017 - Galax

We are in Galax, actually outside of town on a hilly drive. The campground CoolBreeze is just great, nice long pull through and open for satellite. No ATT at all here, only Verizon but the phone doesn't work until I get about 5 miles into the outskirts of town. It was heavy overcast when we came in and there was a helicopter cutting trees around the power lines with a chainsaw hanging down from it. Quite a sight. We went downtown today as it's pretty cloudy and rainy, not good for sightseeing in the hills around us. Downtown has old store...

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May 13, 2017 - Galax

Well, not much going on, Cindy has a touch of the flu and last couple of days have been rainy. Today turned out beautiful and I cleaned a couple of things and watched a little golf, going riding tomorrow, hopefully Cindy will be feeling better. Know she is down when I have to go to store, buy groceries and then fix dinner!

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Summer 2016

May 10, 2017 - Arrived Galax

Arrived around 4 this afternoon to meet up with our good friends, Eric and Suzanne Sandberg to begin the our summer adventures. For the next month most of the posts will be motorcycle rides as this area has many wonderful country roads and small towns. Located near here is Mt. Aire, Andy Griffins home town, and what he fashioned Mayberry on. Soon in the future will be updates on visiting these different towns. For now we are settled in, perfect weather, and joining others for a cookout at lot 6 this evening, side note Jimbo and Fran are...

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May 26, 2011 - Galax, Virginia

Were here in Galax, VA at the Deer Creek Motorcoach Resort for a month, we stayed here last year for a couple of nights and thought we would like to come back and really explore the area. Listed as the gate way to the Blue Ridge Mountains has a population of 7,000 Located in the Appalachian region, Galax has long been famous for its traditional, or "old-timey" music and musicians. Although the entire Appalachian region is known for its music, the region around Mount Airy, North Carolina and Galax is one of the few areas of the United States...

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Apr 16, 2010 - Galax, Virginia

Here we are in Galax Virginia at the Deer Creek Motor Coach Resort - right in the fringe of the Appalachian Mountains. We managed to get a free couple of nights here by picking up a coupon at the Tampa RV show in February. They are just starting out with the Grand Opening at the end of June. Nice place in a beautiful hilly part of the country, we are about 3,700 feet high here so it was quite a climb in the MH on the small 2 lane roads, but well worth the effort. Had a good time in Gaffney and graduated from the Freightliner Chassis School...

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Oct 25, 2009 - Blue Mountain Music

October 24th: Had a lovely day today. It was so warm when we got up at 7 – I was able to walk to the washroom with no sweater or jacket – and it was a lovely balmy breeze. About 76° at 9am. Through the night there was a very strong wind, but it was still very warm. So this morning we are back on the Blue Ridge Parkway which we rejoined at its lowest point (Otter Creek, 649ft, near the James River) and promptly drove to its highest peak (Terrapin Mountain at 3950ft) – only 15 miles away. Quite a climb for the old Stallion, which groaned a...

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Jun 12, 2009 - Leaf and String Festival

Galax rolls out the entertainment - Friday, June 12 Galax, Virginia is built into the western foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and like many towns in hill country it’s deceptively large. It’s a clean, modern town, but one that hasn’t forgotten it’s country heritage. Situated on Virginia’s Crooked Road, Galax is host to many music related events throughout the year. One of these, the Leaf and String Festival, was scheduled for this weekend. The festival brings together a number of art forms besides music. There are booths devoted to a...

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2009 Spring 2 Fall

Nov 14, 2007 - Appomattox Court House / Galax, Virginia

Today we were headed back to the parkway to continue our way southward. We passed through Bedford, Va., home of the US D-day Memorial which we viewed from a distance. Before getting back on the parkway we came to Roanoke where we had read of a restaurant serving good southern cooking. Again, this restaurant did not meet our expectations for a genuine southern meal, although this time we did have the much anticipated biscuits. Back on the parkway we headed further south toward the "Crooked Road", a series of small towns each contributing to...

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